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Sherlock Holmes Museum

Museums, Specialist interest Baker Street
3 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
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The Sherlock Holmes Museum was initially founded in 1989, on a site as close to that described by Conan Doyle as possible (it's actually at number 239). It fought long and hard for the right to claim the address 221B Baker Street as its own, which it now does, giving it a well-deserved bit of authenticity. When visiting you're likely to be greeted by a respectable-looking chap in a bowler hat and whiskers; this, you will deduce, is Doctor Watson. And every lovingly recreated detail here conspires to persuade visitors to suspend their disbelief and feel themselves travelling back in time to a preserved fragment of historical reality. The Sherlock Holmes Museum bristles with murder weapons, Victoriana and waxworks depicting scenes from the stories. Upstairs in Mrs Hudson’s room, there is a folder of letters addressed to Holmes by fans from all over the world and, apparently, a fair percentage of visitors do believe that the whole set-up is for real. One thing to note is this place is all about paying homage to Conan Doyle's version, so don't expect to see anything relating to the BBC television show featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. Still, plenty of fun on display – elementary and otherwise. 


Venue name: Sherlock Holmes Museum
Address: 221b Baker St
Opening hours: 9.30am-6pm daily (last adm 5.30pm)
Transport: Tube: Baker St
Price: £6, £4 children
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For Sherlock Holmes fans and Victorianan aficionados, this is a lovely way to spend an hour or two. More immersive than many immersive theatre experience I've been to, the attention to detail is reminiscent of the Dickons museum or Dennis Severs house at 18 Folgate st - painstaking touches and historical details to make it look and feel as though this house has been lived in (in fact, is still inhabited by) Sherlock Holmes himself. From the housekeepers' letters on the tables, to toast and tea laid out for supper, facts and clues for open 'cases', and the staff dressed and maids and butlers, there has been a lot of fan love involved to set this place up, And since Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character, a dip into the fictional world of Sherlock Holmes is what I would encourage you to expect from this museum -it's not the V&A or the a movie set experience equivalent to Harry Potter world for Sherlock TV fans and it doesn't pretend to be. If you're not a fan of Sherlock Holmes or Victoriana in general, this museum is probably not for you. But I've been living nearby for the past two years and no matter what time of day I walk past, rain or shine, there's a long queue of international fans and admirers jostling for a selfie with Dr Watson outside this famous address. 

If it was possible to give this museum no stars I would. It is nothing more than an old Victorian house filled with charity shop rubbish - if that is what you are looking for perfect! You will walk away from this experience no more informed about Sherlock Holmes, Watson, Arthur Conan Doyle, or anything for that matter, than when you arrived. Having lived in London for the past 5 years I can safely say this is the worst £10 that I have ever spent and I would happily offer a thousand other suggestions of what you could do in London for free. If you truly are mad about Sherlock Holmes your best bet is to go to a library where you might at least learn something, or look around a local charity shop, which can offer just as much as this museum. 

It may be small but don't be fooled by its size. If you like Sherlock Holmes, you will definitely enjoy it. And don't forget to take a peek at the shop!

Very good Museum! Highly enjoyable. The staff were very knowledgeable and stayed in character most of the time. It is a small museum and can be done in a small amount of time, but worth it if you're a Sherlock fan and it's under a fiver!

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