After seeing statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Maradona, Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Mother Teresa, Amitabh Bachchan and many others, visitors to Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town will be able to see a statue of pop icon Michael Jackson.
In addition, they will also be able to see statues of various Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, who is a familiar face in India. These would become possible after the museum undergoes an expansion.
Hidco authorities have decided to add 12,000 square feet to the existing museum. The tender process is over and work has already begun. If things go as per planned, then the phase II of the museum will be completed and commissioned in six months from now.
The existing wax museum is also spread across 12,000 square feet and is located on the sixth floor of the Finance Centre building which is located opposite Eco Park.
The phase 2 of the museum will be located a floor below the existing museum. After expansion, the museum will have a total area of 24,000 square feet. Besides Hollywood stars, the expanded museum will have a place dedicated to statues of well-known personalities of the West.
In addition, the new museum will also have a children’s zone, a fun area, Limca Book of Records and light zones.
“The construction work began on Monday. We will have a lot of surprises for children in the zone,” Debashis Sen, chairman of Hidco, said.
“Not everything in the children zone will be made of wax,” he said. The chairman did not want to disclose names of other Hollywood stars whose statues would feature in the Limca Book of records zone.
The museum was inaugurated by chief minister Mamata Banerjee on November 10, 2014. Since then, the museum has recorded a two lakh footfall till date. The country’s first wax museum, it has statues of famous personalities on the lines of Madame Tussauds wax museum in London. The museum gained immense popularity along with the Eco Park.
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Sources: Hindustan | All Things Michael