Life-size stars make their way to the Eaton Centre
Always dreamed of rubbing elbows with Barack Obama, Céline Dion or Jean Béliveau? Now you can at Grévin Montréal, the North American spinoff of the Parisian museum by the same name. The venue will be opening this spring on Rue Sainte Catherine—Canada's most important commercial artery—right in the heart of the city, so you can easily pop in for a pre or post-shopping visit! The Eaton Centre, which will house the fruit of Musée Grévin's expansion, draws some 800,000 visitors in any given year.
Grévin Montréal was inaugurated on January 17 and, on April 19, its 120 wax statues of headline- and history-making personalities will be unveiled for public viewing. The lookalikes were handcrafted by a team of artists whose use of extremely life-like moulding and real hair has produced uncanny results! What's more, the costumes and props have all been very thoroughly researched for historical accuracy. Most contemporary figures provide their own belongings to dress and accessorize their doppelgangers.
The Montréal incarnation of Musée Grévin features an interactive space, innovative staging, spectacular projections and a multimedia theatre. The first stop on the tour is the Palais des saisons, which world-renowned company Moment Factory was commissioned to design.
For visitors with an appetite, Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Jérôme Ferrer will make sure to satisfy even the most discerning palates. The French-bistro style Café Grévin by Europea will also offer takeout dishes invented by the acclaimed culinary expert.
Offering three-dimensional entertainment in Paris' 9th arrondissement since 1881, Musée Grévin was an instant success and continues to draw a crowd to this day. In the 1930s, a wax museum was built across from Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montréal. It was the world's third, after Madame Tussauds in London and Le Musée Grévin de Paris. When it closed in 1989, the 200 religious wax sculptures that had been set up as a series of 24 tableaus depicting the history of Canada were given to the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City.