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If you're a fan of the famous novels published back in October 1892, the hit TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, or the many movie adaptations of these iconic stories, you'll love this museum. And if you’re not already a Sherlock enthusiast, this may just spark an interest in the mystery around the world-famous, fictional detective! The museum puts the focus specifically on the Sherlock Holmes books and the interior is saturated with the details of the four novels and 46 short stories that continue to shape detective novels today.
Built in 1815, 221b Baker Street actually sits between 237 and 241 on the famous road. The Georgian Townhouse was originally used as a boarding house, a place where people could rent rooms. There were communal eating spaces and areas for washing. The building was repurposed as a museum in 1990 to reflect the era from 1881 and 1904 and is now known worldwide as Sherlock Holmes' House.
This house allows you to explore the spaces where Sherlock Holmes and Watson formed one of literature's most iconic duos. At the entrance, Dr Watson may be waiting around for Sherlock to get ready; a great opportunity for a photo! As you walk in through the shop, Mrs Hudson will be waiting to see you and take you around the house. You can walk down the hallway and up the stairs into the study to explore where the famous detective solved crimes around London. You can also explore the bedroom, bathroom and small loft, all filled with artefacts and memorabilia. The third floor features amazing wax figures of the characters from various scenes in the books to delight captivate your children.
Each artefact within the museum has incredible detail and references taken directly from the books. You can examine Dr Watson’s diary and see Sherlock Holmes’ incredible chemistry set. The staff have excellent knowledge of the world of Sherlock Holmes, and will be happy to answer any questions you have as you probe the mystery of this fantastic house.
If you want a memento from your trip, the museum has a well-stocked shop on the ground floor with a range of souvenirs for you to take home. The shop itself is decorated as if it’s 1914 and the staff dress accordingly.
This quirky museum is a must-visit if you're in London - it’s elementary!
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