When you’ve been to London as many times as I have, you can start to check out the museums, galleries and other quirky attractions that are off the beaten path. There are only so may visits to the British Museum feasible in a lifetime.
The Sherlock Holmes museum opened in March of 1990 and is located, where else – 221B Baker Street, London. This is the actual address of the fictitious character invented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There were 60 original stories that regale us with the exploits of the eccentric detective and his right-hand man Dr Watson.
This museum depicts the house exactly as it would have been from 1881-1904 when Holmes and Watson shared the lodging flat with landlady Mrs Hudson. For example, the book tells us there were 17 steps from the ground floor hallway to the first floor study. And there are. You can count them.
The museum is filled with all of the memorabilia one would expect – Sherlock’s pipe, violin, deer-stalker hat, chemistry set, and brandy decanter. There are letters from various clients imploring the great detective to take on their perplexing cases. Upstairs, there is a wax museum of the various characters including the ultimate scoundrel – Moriarty.
The museum is open daily from 9:30-6:30 pm. Do get there early as the line-ups can be long. It will take you around 30 minutes to go through the house. Photos are allowed. There is a great gift shop. Admission is 15 GBP.
Located on Baker Street off Marylebone Road in Regent’s Park area. Very close to Madame Tussaud’s.