Sherlock Holmes Museum
What comes to your mind while you hear “221B Baker Street, London”? Of course, it is nothing but the address of the legendary investigator Sherlock Holmes. However, Holmes was a fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. According to the author, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson lived at 221B Baker Street from 1881 to 1904.
Even though it was pure fiction, there is a building numbered 221B at Baker Street, London. This building is now preserved as a museum dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. Reflecting his life and times at its best, the interior of this museum is designed and maintained exactly as in the published Sherlock Holmes stories of the Victorian era.
The house is listed by the British Government as a highly preserved monument under “special historical and architectural interest”. A huge number of Sherlock Holmes fans and tourists from all over the world come to visit the museum. This is where you can breathe the true ‘air’ you felt while going through the evershine Sherlock Holmes stories.
Address : 221B Baker Street, London NW1 6XE
Nearest tube station : Baker Street
Open hours : Every day 9.30 a.m.-6 p.m., except for Christmas Day
Website : www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk
Telephone : 020 7935 1127
Ticket rate : £15 adults, £10 for children
What to see?
You can take a right turn from the Baker Street station, cross the road, and have a 5 minutes walk to reach to Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B. You can see a statue of Sherlock Holmes at the outside of the station too.
The exterior of this house is mostly like a traditional Victorian home with black railings and black & white mosaic flooring. The bay windows are kept nicely with net curtains. The museum is crowded most of the times, especially with visitors from overseas.
The ground floor is a fascinating shop that anyone can visit without buying a ticket and the museum itself is at the second floor. The ground-floor shop sells many amazing articles ranging from pipes, deerstalker hats, magnifying glasses, novelty teapots, jewellery etc. You can also find the most amazing collection of Sherlock Holmes stories and films here to purchase.
You can buy tickets to climb on to the Sherlock Holmes Museum to explore three floors of amazing Sherlock Holmes collections. The rooms upstairs are dressed exactly as the characters of Conan Doyle, and you will see the exact items as described in many of the Holmes stories to delight you.
After getting into the museum, in the first floor you can see the study of Holmes, which overlooks the beautiful Baker Street as described by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his stories. All the articles here are faithfully maintained, same as in the Victorian Times. You can sit at the famous armchair of Sherlock Holmes by the side of the fireplace and take photographs. You can also see Sherlock’s bedroom on this floor.
Dr. Watson’s bedroom is on the second floor and Mrs. Hudson’s room is also here. You can see Doctor Watson writing his diary there and also the personal items of the detectives. There are waxwork models of the major characters of Sherlock Holmes stories on the third floor.
After finishing Sherlock Holmes Museum, you may get into the Bakerloo Line Tube from Baker Street heading to Charing Cross to visit the famous Sherlock Holmes Pub, which too has a small museum room upstairs and you can enjoy a nice meal there. What would be a better way to complete your perfect Sherlock Holmes experience!