India’s ‘alternative to Madame Tussauds’ dubbed world’s worst wax museum (w/ gallery)

Published: June 30, 2014


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This waxwork museum in Mumbai claims to be an 'alternative to Madame Tussauds' in London, but one local newspaper has dubbed it "the worst waxworks in the world." Can you guess who these figures are supposed to be? CEN News. (Hitler)

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A waxwork museum in India is in the running for the accolade of displaying the worst effigies in the world – but it hasn’t stopped people queuing up to get inside.

Branded as an alternative of Madame Tussauds wax museum for those who cannot make it to the real thing, creator Sunil Kandallor says he was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi to create the museum.

“It is for those who cannot afford to visit the original Madame Tussauds in London,” Kandallor said.

But some visitors have left the museum splitting their sides with laughter because of the poor copies he has made. One local newspaper said: “These must be the worst waxworks in the world. Perhaps the creator of the dummies needs new glasses.”

His museum, which is open seven days a week, has statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Michael Jackson, Adolf Hitler, Mother Teresa, Angelina Jolie and even Saddam Hussain – but visitors have on many cases been left guessing who exactly they are getting their photo taken with.

Each statue weighs a little over 55 pounds and, according to Kandallor, costs approximately $5,000 to make. His museum is located at Lonavla, a hill station close to the western Indian city of Mumbai.

But visitor Ajit Kumer, 38, who visited the museum with his two kids said: “There is nothing else around here and I thought it was okay. The main thing is my kids loved it, and we got some great photos for them to show their friends. I think it was also quite educational getting to tell them about some of the characters and why they were famous. I don’t know if I would come again though.”

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