Stars from the world of entertainment feature in new exhibition at the National Wax Museum in Dublin.
The National Wax Museum, housed in a building on Granby Row off Parnell Square in Dublin, receives 100,000 visitors annually. Its biggest customers are children and teenagers attending as part of school tours. Due to demand from these visitors, in 1987 the Museum added a Chamber of Horrors to its exhibitions.
National Wax Museum owner Senator Donie Cassidy is keen to appeal to this demographic, school tour visitors were surveyed about who they would like to see in the Museum. The Megastars Hall of Fame was created in response to their desire to see more pop stars.
I suppose the first megastar ever in the world.
Michael Jackson has been on show at the Museum for some time, however his waxwork has been altered over time to reflect the many facial changes Jackson has made to himself.
The new look Michael Jackson has different skin tones and hair and is clad in an outfit similar to the one Jackson wore on the cover of his 1987 album ‘Bad’.
You have to keep on updating worldwide personalities who are changing their image all the time.
While waxworks of people in the music industry constantly need updating, the same is not required for those of politicians. It has been seven years since the waxwork of Fianna Fáil politician Charles Haughey was updated. The waxwork of RTÉ presenter Gay Byrne has not been updated for six years and also requires some work.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 July 1988. The reporter is Maggie O'Kane.