Neme: Mother’s Wax Museum
Target Audience: Public
Address: CBD-1, HIDCO TOWER, 69-1111,
New Town, Kolkata, India
Contact Number: +91-(0)33-23247243
We often envy our mates seeing them posing with some of the legendary wax figures of Charlie Chaplin, Adolf Hitler, Michael Jackson, Sachin Tendulkar or with any other living legends that we have today. Consequently, we desperately feel like to visit any of the Madame Tussauds that are located faraway in the US, London or in Singapore; and click a selfie with our favourite celebrities whom we follow quite intimately. But the moment we start counting on certain unavoidable constraints that stands all our way, we silently conceal our daydreaming.
Keeping all such pensiveness in mind, the Mother’s Wax Museum (MWM) was brought into practice in New Town, Kolkata. Huge rounds of applaud to the country’s first wax museum for giving us an opportunity in chasing our dreams to a great extent. As the name suggests, this museum was named after Saint Mother Teresa. Established in 2014, Mother’s Wax was an influential outcome of famous Madame Tussauds museum, which is located in London. Initially, the number of replica wax statues in MWM was very limited. However, with growing interest amongst the visitors, the numbers of wax statues were augmented. Today, Mother’s Wax Museum is undoubtedly a worth visiting place in Kolkata, where visitors flock from various parts of India as well.
Things to Explore
Located near Salt Lake City, MWM is an astounding tourist puller in the North Eastern periphery of Kolkata. With an array of eye-catching wax statues from various eminent fields of interests, this is a must visit place for people of different age group. Starting from the intellectual personalities to social activists, the museum has nine separate sections with various luring background representing each personalities. The dazzling encircled ceiling with blue lights amazes the visitors at the entrance. Kids find this place full of fun after noticing a series of shadows from their familiar cartoon characters like Chota Bheem, Batul the Great, Spiderman, Chutki etc.
The step inside the museum at 6th floor takes you through various sections of wax statutes one after another. Here, you come across more than 18 eminent wax figures of legendary personalities from different fields including Mother Teresa, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Amitabh Bachhan, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Diego Maradona, A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Kishore Kumar, Pranab Mukherjee, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Jagadish Chandra Bose and many more. Inside the museum you will also get to click photographs using some interesting props like colourful wigs, chair and stylish spectacles that are catered near the replicas. If you want to explore some magnificent photo collections, you must visit the ground floor where two amazing photo galleries are provided to grab the attention of visitors. Mother’s WAX Museum allows you an amazing opportunity to capture a remarkable moment with exclusive Kolkata Sketches in the background. Kids enjoy buying some mementos, cap or T-shirt autographed by their favourite celebrities.
Mother’s WAX Museum is great place to spend 2-3 hours time with your family and friends. After exploring all the wax statutes inside the museum, don’t forget to step into the outside balcony. You will find two Cafeterias on either side of the museum. Positioned on an open terrace, from the café you can have a picturesque vista of the entire Eco Park. During winter, looking at the adjoining park with a cup of hot coffee next to you is something really breath-taking. The price range at cafe is also quite pocket-friendly. And guess what, there is also an option on the patio from where you can buy Bonsai Tree.
A view of Eco Park from the balcony
Tickets and Timings
Except Monday, you can visit Mother’s WAX Museum on any other days between 12PM to 7.30PM. Ticket counter gets closed by 7PM. Visitors above 12 years need to pay INR 200/person as entry fees. On the other hand, visitors with the age group between 3 to 12 years need to spend INR 150/person as entry fees. Children below 3 years require no tickets or entry fees. However, if you want to enter the ‘Tattolight Zone’ for photography with light patterns, a separate ticket worth INR 50 will be required. You will get this ticket at the ticket counter of Mother’s WAX Museum.
While planning to visit Mother’s WAX Museum, visitors must count on some of the key pointers as listed below:
- Don’t touch any of the wax figures inside the museum. Doing this may cause you a fine of INR 500. Take care of your children as well so that they don’t touch any of the replicas inside the museum.
- Photography is permissible around the wax statues, and you won’t require any additional charges to pay for the same.
- Carrying food or eating inside the museum is strictly prohibited.
- To avoid unwanted traffic near the entrance, park your vehicles at the right zone before entering the museum.
Reaching Mother’s WAX Museum
Being a fast-growing planned satellite city, New Town is well-connected to various parts of the city area of Kolkata. Hence, for local visitors reaching MWM is very convenient. You can hire cab, taxi or auto-rickshaw to reach Mother’s WAX Museum, New Town. If you are travelling via local trains, the nearest station is Ultadanga/Bidhannagar. From here the distance is around 13Kms. You can hire a cab or get into a bus to reach the destination via Salt Lake. Since the museum is adjacent to New Town Eco Park, so you can tell the driver about this landmark.
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, which is situated around 12Kms away from New Town. From the airport premises you will easily get many cabs or taxis that will take you till Eco Park.
Nevertheless, in this route the best and cheapest option will be to get into the bus that runs till the Eco Park. Some of the bus numbers that covers that route are C – 23, MH 2, H2, MH 3, DN-47, JM-1, VS 9, K1 etc.
Therefore, visitors from outside Kolkata can also reach the destination from the airport and railway station quite expediently.
Located adjacent to Mother’s WAX Museum, Eco Park is just a startling place for hangout with family and friends. After spending couple of remarkable hours with your favourite celebrities inside the museum, visiting New Town Eco Park is all together a different experience. With an expanse of around 480 acres areas, the park is segregated into different parts including theme gardens, ecological zones and recreational spaces. The park is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 12PM to 7:30 PM. On Sunday and holidays, the timing is between 11AM to 7:30PM. However, for maintenance purpose, the Eco Tourism Park remains closed on Monday. Entree fee is INR 20 and the ticket counter closes at 6.30PM.
Eco Tourism Park
The following are the key attractions that pull many visitors here at Eco Tourism Park:
- Glass House on Sabuj Sathi
- Paddle Boating
- Duo Cycling
- Bird Watching
- Gun Shooting
- Tropical Tree Garden
- Graffiti Walls
- Food Court
- Adda Zone
- Musical Fountain
It’s time now to adieu all your worries that were hindering you so far from travelling to London and buying a ticket of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. So, this weekend make a plan with your family and bring home some eternal memories of the moments that you are going to spend with your favourite celebrities at Mother’s WAX Museum, Kolkata.