Wax Museum Grévin Praha is reopening

The museum is relaunching just two months after suddenly closing.

Wax Museum Grévin Praha is going to reopen. The museum just off of Old Town Square on busy Celetná closed suddenly March 6 due to financial losses.

The museum will reopen just as suddenly on Friday, May 18. The opening date is confirmed on the museums Facebook page.

“We are very happy to announce that the museum Grévin Praha will open again already on Friday, May, 18, 2018 at 10:00 am. All of our wax personalities are in their place and looking forward to you, as well as our team who thank you for the huge support,” the Facebook page states.

In answer to comments, the operator of the Facebook page said more details would be announced May 18 at a press conference.

Response to the announcement over social media has been overwhelmingly positive.

Daily Mladá fronta Dnes reports the museum will operate in its original condition for four months before changes are implemented. The museum previously said it was looking for a new investor.

The museum opened May 1, 2014, in a gala event with many Czech celebrities including Lucie Bílá, Aňa Geislerová and Helena Vondráčková showing up to pose with their wax counterparts.

The museum has a mix of 80 figures of global and Czech stars from film, entertainment and politics. Other local celebrities depicted in wax included Emperor Charles IV, Franz Kafka, Václav Havel, Karel Gott and Miloš Forman.

Preparations before the opening took a year. The museum is located in a modern building on the otherwise historical street.

The display covers three floors of the building and takes up an area totaling 1,560 square meters

Wax Museum Grévin Praha is a branch of Musée Grévin in Paris, which opened in 1882. There are also branches in Montreal, Canada, opened in 2013, and Seoul, South Korea, opened in 2015.

The Prague branch is larger than a rival wax museum across the street, but also more expensive to visit. Both museums have versions of many of the same people. The rival, Wax Museum Prague, has vintage figures including many communist dictators, complemented by new celebrities on loan from Madame Tussauds.

Grévin makes all of its own figures and estimates one figure costs roughly Kč 1 million, and they are based on careful measurements and scanned photos. Costume designers, hairdressers and other experts add the finishing touches.

The total investment by French-based Compagnie des Alpes in a project at the time of the opening was about 11.6 million euros.

At the time of the closing, there was little hope held out for a second chance. The museum's website blamed high operating costs and the lack of a balanced budget, and made the closing sound definitive.

“Despite the improving results of last year's fiscal year and the efforts of the Prague team, which brought about a significant increase in awareness of the brand, they were not able to prevent recurring losses. For this reason, it was decided to terminate the operations of the Grévin Museum,” the museum's website said at the time.

While the Facebook page for the museum was still running, the website was gone and most travel sites still list the venue as permanently closed.

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