Sherlock Holmes Museum, London

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    Sherlock Holmes Museum

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 6, 2014

    Sherlock Holmes is an imaginary detective known from the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. More recent the BBC Sherlock TV-series revived the character.

    Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Doctor John H. Watson lived at 221b Baker Street from 1881 till 1904. The house at 221b Baker Street is protected by the government due to its "special architectural and (imaginary) historical interest"

    The study of Sherlock Holmes at the first floor is being maintained in its old Victorian style.
    From my own experience I can say that the same goes for the basement toilet

    Next door at street level is the museum shop will all kind of Sherlock Holmes gifts.

    Admission: Adult £10 (adult).

    Opening times:
    Daily:9:30AM - 6PM

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    The Sherlock Holmes Museum.

    by Regina1965 Updated May 13, 2014

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    Now this was a fun museum to visit! I had visited London so many times until I finally visited the Sherlock Holmes Museum. I had thought of it rather as a tourist attraction, but it isn´t, it is just a fun or should I say a kind of creepy museum to visit. It was opened to the public in 1990.

    Sherlock Holmes was a fictional character, which I believe most of the world has heard about. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes, who was supposed to have lived at this address, Baker Street 221b, together with Dr Watson, in the years 1881-1904. It has been referred to as the World´s most famous address.

    Entering the museum is like entering the real home of the fictional Sherlock Holmes and I totally played along, visiting his study with all his pipes, where one could sit in his chair by the fire-place. On the 1st floor was also Sherlock Holmes´s bedroom.

    On the second floor was Watson´s bedroom and Mrs Hudson´s, the landlady´s room.

    And now I entered the 3rd floor and encountered several of the characters in the Sherlock Holmes´s stories - very creepy wax-models ;) This is indeed an excellent museum if one is familiar with the Sherlock Holmes books, and to see the characters in the books come "alive" like this is awesome.

    Opening hours: daily (not on Christmas day) from 09:30-18:30.

    Admission: GBP 8, GPB 5 for children.

    Highly recommended.

    There is a museum souvenir store next door to the museum filled with "Sherlock Holmes" things.

    This house was built in 1815 and is a Grade II listed building.

    I have added two travelogues with more photos and information on the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Sherlock Holmes Museum II.

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    The Sherlock Holmes Museum

    by SallyM Updated Jan 5, 2014

    This 'museum' is a celebration of the world's most famous consulting detective. Just to be clear: it is not where Sherlock Holmes actually lived because a) he is a fictional character, and b) the real 221b Baker Street would have been slightly further down the road. Neither is it the home of Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    What it is is a house furnished in appropriate period style to represent the lodgings of Holmes and Watson. It was registered as a lodging house from 1860-1934, so is an accurate reflection of the type of house where Holmes would have lodged.

    Inside are displays representing his most famous cases, as well as waxwork models of some of the characters from the books. You can also come face to face with the Hound of the Baskervilles, though to me he looked rather more like Scooby Doo.

    There are also some (genuine) letters that have been sent to Sherlock Holmes over the years. The Abbey National Building Society, whose head office used to occupy the part of Baker Street that would have included 221b, used to employ someone to deal with Holmes' correspondence.

    Photography is allowed, or rather encouraged (deer-stalkers are supplied). For Holmes fans, it is well worth a visit. If you are not particularly interested in, or knowledgeable about, Sherlock Holmes, it is perhaps not worth the £6 admission fee, though in my opinion it is far better value than nearby Madam Tussauds.

    Note that the stairs are narrow and the number of visitors can enter at any one time is therefore limited, so there may be a queue for admission.

    The Museum is open daily 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Visitors should purchase their admission tickets in the gift shop next door before joining the entry queue.

    Note for fans of the BBC 'Sherlock' series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - the exterior shots of 221b are not filmed in Baker Street, but in North Gower Street, about 25 minutes' walk away towards Euston Station. You can have a 'Sherlock' wrap for lunch in the real Speedy's Cafe on the ground floor.

    The Gift Shop - buy your ticket here The entrance to 221b A Scandal in Bohemia A souvenir of The Musgrave Ritual case Hound of the Baskervilles or Scooby Doo?
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    The Sherlock Holmes museum

    by MATIM Written Apr 21, 2012

    The opening of the Sherlock Holmes Museum to the public on 27 March 1990 was an event which should have happened several decades ago. after all, 221b Bakerstreet is world's most famous address because of its long association with the great detective.

    Thousands of people all over the world write to Sherlock Holmes, they form clubs and societies in his honour, and they celebrate his anniversaries. Now it is also possible to see where and how he lived in Victorian times! The famous study which Holmes and his friend Dr Watson shared for almost 25 years is on the first floor overlooking Baker Street.

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    Sherlock Holmes Museum, Baker Street

    by Flying.Scotsman Written Feb 6, 2012

    Museums are a personal thing. It is very difficult to recommend one that will please everyone. Large museums have one advantage in that there will be something there that is likely to interest someone. Small,single topic ones like this are bound to be greeted with mixed opinions. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of the displays are rather primitive and old fashioned, but I felt this helped give it a period feel. There were hand written original manuscripts on display as well as furniture from the period. There were "tableaux" from some of the stories. The "red Headed League" tableau reminded me of the first Sherlock Holmes story I read over 50 years ago. All in all a good little museum done up just like Holmes' and Watsons rooms in Baker Street. The only down side was the large crowd (it was a Saturday morning in August) which at times overwhelmed the small house. Here are some pictures.

    Sherlock Holmes Museum Jabez Wilson from the Red Headed League Cluttered sitting room matches the one in my head
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    The Sherlock Holmes Museum

    by kris-t Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Visit the World's Most Adress and explore the home of Sherlock Holmes and doctor Watson!

    Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson lived in a Victorian lodging house at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The house was built in 1815 and is listed by the Government to protect its architectural and cultural heritage.
    It is open as a museum dedicated to the life and times of Sherlock Holmes, and the interior has been faithfully maintained for posterity exactly as described in the published stories.
    The famous study overlooking Baker Street that has been portrayed in so many films over the years is located on the 1st floor above a flight of 17 steps. Visitors can sit in Mr Holmes's armchair by the fireside to pose for photos, and enter his bedroom adjoining the study.

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    Sherlock Holmes Museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 21, 2011

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    A museum dedicated to the worlds greatest detective Sherlock Holmes and of course to be found at 221b Baker Street. The entrance is through the museum shop and you purchase tickets at the back of the shop for the museum tour which is upstairs above the shop. The cost is £6 and entry is at the door to the left of the shop.
    Doctor Watson is in attendance three days per week and Sherlock Holmes four days each week. The rooms upstairs are as the great detectives rooms would have been over 100 years ago. The attention to detail is amazing and great fun too.
    We met Sherlock Holmes (March 2011) and he was very interesting and is a Holmes fanatic. You can sit in his chair and have your photo taken with one his props.
    Lots of Holmes memorabilia and artefacts.
    Highly recommended but no disabled access and lots of steps in the museum.

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    Sherlock Holmes Museum

    by kris-t Written Jan 30, 2011

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    Mr Holmes's possessions are in their usual places: his deerstalker, magnifying glass, calabash pipe, violin, chemistry equipment, notebook, Persian slippers and disguises.

    Doctor Watson's bedroom on the 2nd floor overlooks a small yard at the rear of the house, while Mrs Hudson's room is at the front.
    Mrs Hudson was the landlady of the lodging house who prepared meals and undertook household duties for her two famous tenants.
    These rooms contain personal belongings and private papers of the great detective and a variety of exhibits from his published cases.

    The third floor exhibit rooms contain a new and stunning arrangement of wax models of scenes from the stories. Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty are actually standing in the same room! The lumber room in the attic, where the lodgers used to store their trunks and luggage, can still be seen today.

    Admission: Adult £6 Child (Under 16) £4.
    The minimum number of people required for a group discount is 11.

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    Sherlock Holmes Museum

    by darkjedi Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    Agast at the 31/2 hour queues for Madame Tussauds, we nipped around the corner here. After a short 30 minute queue, we entered the house. (Buy your tickets at the back of the Sherlock Holmes Store next door BEFORE you join the queue).

    This small house is a recreation of Holmes and Watson's lodgings during their time here from 1881 to 1904. You will recognise scores of familiar objects and paraphernalia from Holmes's adventures and stories in three floors of the house. Photography is allowed in every room (including flash). If you like or love the Sherlock Holmes stories you will have a great time here even though its a small museum.

    There is a large souvenir store next door where an amazing number of Sherlock Holmes objects can be bought.

    Open every day 9.30am - 6.30pm
    Adults £6
    Under 16 £4

    Store front Doctor Watson welcomes us into his lodgings The revenge killing of Charles Augustus Milverton Holmes and Watson peer down Lady Frances Carfax
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    by Mariajoy Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    I was staying nearby to this "Museum" and thought it would be fun just to have a look and see what it was all about - well - obviously it's about Sherlock Holmes - but he's not a real person so how could there be a museum dedicated to his life and work?? Curiouser and curiouser I decided to investigate further.....

    Well.... it transpired that 221b Baker street had always been a lodging house in the late 19th and early 20th Century - and Conan Doyle chose it as the home of his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes (who never really existed).

    The building is a typical London Georgian town house - the ground floor being the obligatory shop selling every possible Holmes-related nick-nack and the rest is the "Museum". I use quotes here because of course Holmes and Watson and Mrs Hudson (the housekeeper) never owned ANYTHING in here. The visitor is directed into the house from the shop by a Victorian policeman.

    There are 4 floors filled with Holmes type artefacts of the period and the tourists LAP IT UP! I asked the guide if visitors were aware that Holmes was a fictional character and he said that NINETY PER CENT of them thought he had been a real person!!

    When I was there the most interesting thing was a German tourist who actually looked like Sherlock Holmes with his handlebar moustache and deerstalker hat! Strange but true.

    Entry to the "Museum" is £6 for adults.

    I have just noticed this is my 100th "Things to Do Tip" (for London) - Yay! Go me! Here's to the next 100!

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    Sherlock Holmes Museum Baker Street 221 b

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    This little museum features the house of the well-known detective, his rooms and some memorabilia regarding his most famous cases. Obviously - as a literary hero - he never lived there. You can even pose as Holmes & Watson, the friendly staff will take your photo. Rather expensive entrance fee (but what does not come at a price in London?), but worth the price if you are a Arthur Conan Doyle fan.

    Tube "Baker Street", near Md. Tussauds. Near the tube exit Baker Street is a Sherlock Holmes monument, too.

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    The Sherlock Holmes Museum

    by Ipanema_Princess Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    The 221b Baker Street is maybe the most famous adress in world !
    So when in London, why not pay a visit to the house of the greatest detective of all times ?

    The museum recreates in every details the living room and the rooms of Holmes and Watson. It also gives you a good idea of the daily life at the Victorian times.
    You will also be allowed to seat in Sherlock Holmes' armchair, and take a picture with his famous pipe and hat.

    At the upper floors, wax statues represents some of the characters of the detective's adventures, including his nemesis professor Moriarty. It is also amazing to read the letters that arrive ,still nowadays, at his adress, to ask for help on investigations !!

    There is also a shop where you can find all kind of items related to Holmes or the Victorian time. I really liked the atmosphere of this place.
    The entrance fee is 6£.

    In Sherlock Holmes' armchair !
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    Sherlock Holmes museum

    by RuiPT Written Jul 20, 2006

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    I'm a fan of Sherlock Holmes and visit his museum was so important for me than visit the most important monument of London. You can find what could be his house and all kind of things he could use for his job. You also can find some pictures from real murders from Old London. I really recommend if you like the character.

    I and the famous Dr Watson
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    Sherlock Holme's House

    by alisonr Written Oct 22, 2005

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    The Sherlock Holmes Museum is at 221B Baker Street - we stumbled across this completed by accident on our way to Lord's Cricket Ground. In London they have blue dots on houses where famous people used to live, you will see them as you stroll around the city, its very interesting!

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    The Sherlock Holmes Museum

    by Bilimari Written Jun 17, 2005

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    I know that Sherlock Holmes is a fictional figure, but it still is a fun to visit the museum.

    Especially if you are a Sherlock Homes fan, you'll love the rooms showing a scene from the story, and memorabilia from teh stories on the walls.

    Though the address is 221b, it actually stands between #237 and #239.

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