Sherlock Holmes Museum
It’s not marked on all London maps but this is understandable. You got to get under Sherlock Holmes’ skin to find it. This is what a detective does, right? Finds evidence and investigates them. Here’s the shortcut: it’s at 221b Baker Street, just a few steps away from the Regent’s Park and less than 3 miles from Westminster Bridge. So, don’t miss it, don’t miss this opportunity to step into a world of mystery.
The Georgian town house hosting the museum was once a boarding house, to be more precisely from 1860 to 1936, covering the 1881-1904 period when Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson were reported to have resided there as tenants of Mrs Hudson. The idea of opening a museum dedicated to Sherlock Holmes wasn’t well received by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s family. They didn’t agree with opening a museum dedicated to the famous fictional detective and so suggesting that Conan Doyle’s creation was a real person.
It’s easy to understand now the objects you see in this museum never belonged to Sherlock Holmes. The Sherlock Holmes Society of England, a non-profit organisation, insisted to open it and they managed to arrage everything in this place as a tourist attraction. They even placed a commemorative blue plaque on the outside of the building stating the years of Holmes’s supposed residency here. Then they offered Jean Conan Doyle, the writer’s daughter to create a room dedicated to her father but she denied the offer and sold the remaining possessions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at auction.