Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die

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Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous Londoners ever. This exhibition at the Museum of London seeks to find out who Holmes is, and why Arthur Conan Doyle's late-Victorian detective endures to this day. Exhibits will include a nineteenth-century portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, original Holmes manuscripts and the very coat and dressing gown worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC's 'Sherlock'. Many of the paintings, drawings, illustrations and photographs will reveal details of Victorian London, giving a glimpse of the famous landmarks and cultural climate which inspired Conan Doyle's creations.

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Kelley M
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I agree with Darren R and his review.  I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit.  Loved the television and film clips that played throughout.  Attend on your own, take your time. My favorite items were the costumes and disguises.


Darren R
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I've loved the Holmes stories since I was a boy but you don't have to be a Sherlock geek or Benedict Cumberbatch fan to enjoy this exhibition. Almost every conceivable aspect of Doyle's creation is presented in a highly comprehensive set of displays covering the society and the world in which the stories are set. Highlights for me: the page where Holmes appears for the very first time; Poe's manuscript of The Murders In The Rue Morgue (the original 'Rue Trianon' crossed out), arguably the starting point for every crime novel and film since; the handcuffs used to apprehend the infamous Dr. Crippen; and Turner's dramatic painting 'The Falls of the Reichenbach'. I was fortunate to attend a preview of this exhibition (which definitely has my favourite entrance to any exhibition I've been to!) and unhesitatingly recommend it.

anna T

Fortunately, I only paid 6£ for this exhibition and I think it's still too expensive. I really like Sherlock Holmes and his history but I'm sorry, at the exhibition there is not anything special, only pictures of differents dates and some of his suits....nothing else. I was very disappointed. :-(

carmen C

worst 11 pounds I ever spent! Very few things to raise your interest: mostly screens where scenes from Sherlock renditions are displayed, some 1800s London prints (probably from antique shops), and some lousy costumes. Worth seeing if it would be free. I actually heard some people around me complaining about what a poor exhibition this was. I am a museum-fan, been around a lot in London (couple of times to the Museum of London), so I am not just trolling, I am actually depicting things how they were.

Agnieszka M
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Waste of money,and waste of time.Nothing really special,very boring exhibition.