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Madame Tussauds Chamber Of Horrors

The Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussauds is an exhibit in London featuring wax figures of infamous murderers and other notorious historical figures.

Based on a true crime that attracted much media attention at the time, it reveals some of London’s darkest crime scenes.

The display includes the Cray Twins, Jack the Ripper, and Dr. Seuss and portraits of individuals like Hawley Harvey Crippen.

It has real monuments and historical artifacts associated with these notorious criminals.

The Chamber of Horrors has a long history from the early 19th century.

Exposing crime and the darker sides of humanity that the public loves so much has been integral to Madame Tussauds’ appeals.

How can you visit the Chamber of Horrors in Madame Tussauds?

The Chamber of Horrors is inside Madame Tussauds London. 

So, to visit this iconic display, you will have to buy a Madame Tussauds London ticket. 

The admission ticket will give you access to the Chamber of Horrors and other unique experiences at Madame Tussauds London. 

These include the Royal Balcony experience, Star Wars experience, Spirit of London ride and Marvel 4D Universe Movie. 

Opening Hours of Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London is open between 9 am and 5 pm but the hours vary according to the days. 

You can check the opening hours for a specific date when you book your tickets. 

Just go to check availability and you’ll see the different time slots available for that day and date.

The Origins of Chamber of Horrors

Marie Tussaud first introduced The Chamber of Horrors to British audiences in 1818 while she was touring the UK with her traveling wax exhibition. 

Earlier, it was called “Separate Room,” “Dead Room,” or “The Black Room” because of its unpleasant nature. 

However, it soon became known as the Chamber of Horrors, a name coined by Tussaud herself, which first appeared in one of the catalogs accompanying the exhibition. 

The original Chamber of Horrors featured death masks and authentic relics alongside figures of the most infamous criminals of the time. 

As time passed, the chamber expanded and incorporated a multitude of other British lawbreakers, among them the infamous killer Mary Eleanor Pearcy. 

When her figure was launched, it attracted a massive crowd of more than 31,000 people, causing the closure of Marylebone Road. 

The Chamber of Horrors is important to Madame Tussaud’s London history. 

It also highlights the public’s fascination with crime, bringing visitors face-to-face with true horror. 

Why is Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors Closed?

The Madame Tussauds Chamber of Horrors closed in 2016 but reopened in 2022.

After the closure, Chamber of Horrors was replaced by a Sherlock Holmes experience, which, in turn, gave way to an Alien-related exhibit.

The exhibit was closed for business reasons.

Other attractions, like the Dungeon, offered similar experiences with more interaction, making the Chamber of Horrors unnecessary.

The company also wanted to provide a more family-friendly experience since they have a higher chance of selling.

Madame Tussauds London Chamber of Horrors Reopening

After staying hidden in Madam Tussauds’ storage for six years, the scary exhibits from the Chamber of Horrors are now back on display since October 2022. 

The new display will showcase some of the city’s most famous criminals from the last 150 years.

What is Displayed at Chamber of Horrors Madame Tussauds?

The Chamber of Horrors is a deeply embedded in Madame Tussauds London’s history.

It sheds light on the darkest sides of humanity and the public’s fascination with crime.

The Kray Twins 

Twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie were central figures in organized crime in East End London from the late 1950s to 1967. 

Ronnie was found guilty of killing a gang member in 1966, and Reggie was convicted of another murder the following year. 

They both got life sentences. 

Ronnie passed away in Broadmoor high-security hospital in 1995, and Reggie in 2000.

John ‘Reg’ Christie

A man named Christie killed six people and probably two more at his home in Rillington Place, Notting Hill, during the 1940s and early 1950s.

Sadly, Christie’s neighbor was wrongly hanged for some of the murders in 1950.

This mistake played a significant role in stopping the death penalty for murder in Britain in 1965.

Christie was only tried for murdering his wife and was convicted and hanged in 1953.

John Haigh

Haigh, also known as the Acid Bath Murderer, was found guilty of murdering six people (he said he killed nine) from 1944 to 1949. 

He got rid of their bodies with acid, faked their signatures, and sold their things to make a lot of money. 

He was hanged in 1949.

Dennis Nilsen

Nilsen was declared guilty of killing six young men and boys and attempting to kill two others in north London between 1978 and 1983.

Many believe he may have committed more, as he once said he killed 15. Nilsen got a life sentence in 1983 and passed away in 2018.

Some people say the police didn’t treat the disappearances seriously because of bias against the gay community.

They believe Nilsen could have been caught earlier if the police had acted differently.

Ruth Ellis

Ellis was hanged in July 1955 for the planned murder of her lover, who she said was abusive to her during her trial at the Old Bailey. 

She was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. 

Her case caused a lot of talk and made more people want to stop the death penalty.

Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen

In November 1910, Hawley was executed because he killed his wife, who was an actress from America. 

They found her body buried under the bricks in the basement of their house in Holloway, north London. 

The police started looking into her disappearance when her friends didn’t believe her husband’s story that she went back to the United States. 

They found her body the fourth time they searched the house. 

The husband, who was a doctor from the US too, ran away to Canada with another woman he was involved with. 

They were caught there while hiding their identities.

Jack the Ripper

In 1888, at least five women were killed in the Whitechapel area of East London, but the killer was never caught. 

Although the killer was never officially named, many historical theories suggest that “Jack the Ripper” was actually Aaron Kosminski. 

He was a barber from Poland who moved to England in the 1880s. 

The terrible way these women were killed and their poor backgrounds highlighted how bad the living conditions were in East London. 

This situation made more people aware of and against the unhealthy and overcrowded slums.

FAQs

What is Madame Tussauds’ Chamber of Horrors?

Madame Tussauds’ Chamber of Horrors is a famous section within Madame Tussauds London. It showcases lifelike wax figures of notorious historical figures, criminals, and scenes of torture and execution. It’s known for its macabre and educational displays.

How long does a visit to the Chamber of Horrors typically take?

A visit to the Chamber of Horrors typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes. But it can vary  depending on your pace and interest level.

How can visitors buy tickets for Madame Tussauds’ Chamber of Horrors?

You can buy a ticket for Madame Tussauds London that includes the Chamber of Horrors experience to visit this unique display.

We recommend buying your tickets online in advance to avoid the long waiting lines and secure your spot.

Is the Chamber of Horrors suitable for children?

The Chamber of Horrors contains graphic and potentially frightening scenes.

It’s recommended for older children and adults but not for smaller children. Small children can visit rest of the wax musuem freely.

Which figures are present in Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussauds London?

Wax figures of criminals such as The Kray Twins, John ‘Reg’ Christie, John Haigh, Dennis Nilsen, Ruth Ellis, Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen and Jack the Ripper are on display.

You can visit by booking a ticket for Madame Tussauds London.

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