Almost centralized in the city of Lonavala, in the outskirts of Mumbai & Pune city, an Indian celebrity wax museum is located. Unknown to many residing in India as well as in Maharashtra itself, as this museum is not at all talked about or marketed anywhere! Even though I live in Navi Mumbai, I came to know about it’s existence just few days ago when my friends (more of an acquaintances) accidentally landed up there while they were in Lonavla (Actually they didn’t tell me about it as I made this observation while stalking their profiles :P)
From the website (must visit the site) itself I had a feeling that the museum was not going to be anything close to Madam Tussauds as it was cited almost everywhere on the site.
But we made a plan to visit the place on one free evening as it is almost 1 hour away from my place and the locals had mentioned it will be almost a 30 minutes tour (But frankly stating it is less then that if you don’t take the pictures).
Conclusions from the visit
#1 Plan a visit to Lonavla and include this as one of the places to visit on the list. Don’t go for just the wax museum.
#2 It’s a dingy place, I don’t think they clean it up that often as there was layers of dust on the statues, they should put an effort to clean the statues once in a while.
#3 I don’t know why they have put up all the carpets on the wall, that is just increasing the dust in the room and making it look more gloomy and sad.
#4 There are 3 rooms but statues are placed randomly, at least they should keep them according to profession like politicians together, musicians, actors, etc.
#5 Ticket costs around Rs 100 which I think is reasonable but they should also maintain it according to the fee.
#6 Some statues are really good like Narendra Modi, Rabindranath Tagore, Saddam Hussein, Jackie Shroff, Anna Hazare and Kapil Dev which are seriously selfie real!
#7 Some statues are bad as they just look like mannequin from the garment store like Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson and Charlie chaplain.
#8 The description next to the statue was equally bad once, some of them just have a printout, they need to work so much on their presentation!
#9 Timings to visit the place were convenient from 9 AM to 9 PM
#10 Very limited number of statues with very limited popular ones not much on variety. Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Amithabh Bacchan, etc are upcoming ones (don’t know for how long that upcoming board was put up there on the wall)
#11 There are just 3 small rooms which keep on decreasing in size as you go further inside.
#12 The entire tour will take around 30 minutes max if you are taking pictures and selfies.
#13 Don’t go with expectations as it will ruin your experience!
#14 There was a mandir next to Dada Sahib statue, only in India you see something like that in a museum!
Here are few pictures of the museum I took.