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At the Sherlock Holmes Museum

Last weekend, I went to see the Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street, near Regent’s Park. Formerly used as a boarding house until 1936, the museum opened in 1990 and is located at the same address described in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous stories.

Well’s a house, really. Protected by the government for its architectural and historical interest, it looks like an authentic preserved Victorian home and is full of amazing artifacts. Because of its tall, narrow structure and habitable appearance, it had a bit of an Anne Frank’s house feel to it.

Having never read the books, I assume I missed out on numerous references to the novels which genuine fans would enjoy. The visit was pretty quick, certainly when compared to queuing time. All in all, we probably spent over an hour outside, 20 minutes in the house and another 20 in the gift shop – a remarkably short shopping time for my friend, who still managed to buy half the store.

It is an unusual type of museum, worth checking out if you’re in the area. Although to be brutally honest, £15 felt a little expensive for what it was. Here are a few pictures.
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Nice desk

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He looks happy

20150718_14044518397_10152922889120496_4382831366142325510_nMe wearing the standard Holmes gear: the pipe, the hat and the Usain Bolt t-shirt

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is located near Baker Street tube station. Open every day from 9.30 – 6 pm. Tickets are £15 for adults & £10 for children and £35 for gullible Chinese tourists who don’t know Holmes is a fictional character.

One Comment

  1. I assume the museum must be amazing for a fan. I would like to visit it, but I’m not in London often enough to visit everything I want, so is on a to-visit list 🙂

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