PHOTO, VIDEO: Budapest’s brand new Madame Tussauds presented its first wax figure
According to the plans, Budapest’s brand-new Madame Tussauds will open in the first half of 2023, but the exact date is not yet set. However, they revealed their first wax figure this week. And he is related to the 2023 papal visit in Budapest.
24.hu found a reels video shared by Madame Tussauds Budapest about their first wax figure depitcing Pope Francis. The pontiff is now on an apostolic three-day-long visit in Budapest. The Catholic leader met with political and church leaders, visited several institutions, delivered a speech for young Hungarians and celebrated the Sunday mass on Kossuth Square.
Thus, it is not surprising that the first wax figure of Budapest’s Madame Tussauds will depict Pope Francis. The exhibition will open with 51 figures, including 17 Hungarians. However, the other 50 figures have not been revealed yet.
That will be the second Madame Tussauds depiction of the pope. The first Pope Francis figure was exhibited in New York in 2015, and it was made in remembrance of the pontiff’s visit in the Big Apple. Pope Francis’ figure will await visitors in the “Leaders of the World” room. HERE you can check out the official video of the wax figure.
The first plans were about opening Budapest’s Madame Tussauds in early 2022, but was postponed until this spring. VIP tickets for kids will be HUF 7,190 (EUR 17.72). However, a family ticket’s price (2 adults, 2 kids) is HUF 24,990 (EUR 60.36), and you can buy it online. The official ticket sale kicked off on 17 February 2023.
They wanted to present 50 figures. It seems they added Pope Francis only because of his visit. The Hungarian organiser of the exhibition is the Dorottya Experience Ltd. Its owner is József Kreinbacher, a construction entrepreneur and champagne maker, one of the wealthiest Hungarians. And it seems the other 50 figures’ “identity” will be kept secret until the grand opening.