With a theme of music, Melody World Wax Museum is one of the popular sightseeing places of the city. Located only 3 km away from Mysore Maharaja Palace, it is easily accessible too. A heritage building of Mysore, the building of this museum is said to be more than 90 years old. It also boasts of having the largest collection of musical instruments in Karnataka. Varied kinds of musical instruments belonging to different parts of the country and ages have been displayed here.
Life-size wax statues in native attires are a few of the major attractions at this museum. Display of a wide array of musical instruments, life size statues of musicians playing various instruments in out of the ordinary sets make this museum a place worth visiting.
Established by an IT professional named Shreeji Bhaskaran in 2010, this unique museum was built as a tribute to all the musicians of the world.
History of Melody Wax Museum
Melody Wax Museum is the result of unwavering hard work of an IT professional named Shreeji Bhaskaran. Bangalore based, Shreeji Bhaskaran conceptualised and developed this museum which was started in the month of October 2010. This museum is maintained and managed by sophisticated computer technology, which is applied by Shreeji Bhaskaran and his spouse Reena. This incredible work of wax was created in the honour of musicians across the globe. Mysore wax museum is not the only work of Mr. Shreeji Bhaskaran. Wax World at Ooty and wax museum in Goa are few of his other creations.
Exhibits at Melody World Wax Museum / Melody World
This wax museum is consisted of 19 galleries with each gallery presenting a unique experience of the world of music and arts. An approximate of 300 musical instruments, both Indian instruments and western instruments have been displayed here. The music instruments showcased here at the museum belong to various eras, ranging from traditional ones to the modern as well as indigenous music instruments depicting tribal music.
It also has about 110 life size wax statues. These wax statues and music instruments have been places in different settings of bands and stages. Some of the popular representations of bands are Indian Classical music such as Hindustani and Carnatic, Punjabi Bhangra, Middle East, Chinese, Tribal, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock, etc.
Along with this, a few of the exhibitions here at the wax museum Mysore are of social significance. For instance, a few statues here throw light on the issue of growing gap between the rich and poor in society. There is also a statue of erstwhile Mysore Maharaja, Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, which is indeed a special attraction among visitors.
All the wax statues that have been displayed here present a glimpse into the spellbinding talent of the sculptures who have crafted such fine replicas of real life.
Creating Life size wax statues at Melody Wax Museum
Some of the wax statues at the museum have been brought from ousted India while some have been created in the country itself. Irrespective of where these life size statues have been developed, the work behind these magical sculptures requires an elaborate process, ranging from digital imaging, traditional method of moulding, sculpting, etc. Around 50 kg and more amount of wax are used for making a life size wax statue which is done in around 2-4 months of time.
After the sculpting of wax statue, these are accessorised with clothes, jewellery, etc, which are made specially to fit the statue. Cosmetic colouring is also done during the final stages. Parts such as eyes, hair, teeth are also specially created for the statues.
Melody World Wax Museum Timings and Entry Fee
Timings of Melody World Wax museum Mysore is from 9.30 AM to 7 PM. It is open throughout the week. For entering this museum, a minimal entry charge is to be paid. Entry fee of Melody World Wax museum is only Rs.30 per person. Charge for carrying a still camera is Rs.10.
Reaching Melody World Wax Museum
Mysore Wax Museum is connected via road and is easily accessible. Tourists can choose from a range of local transports to reach this museum. There are many city buses that run via this route. Tourists can also hire a cab or take auto rickshaws which are easily available from every corner of the Mysore city. It is located quite close (3km) to Mysore Palace.