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Sherlock Holmes Museum

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.

Open every day of the year (except Christmas Day) 9:30-18:00. Tickets: adult – £10, child (under 16 years) £8. Website.
Photo: Anders Thirsgaard Rasmussen, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 4.0