Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

Even though not official, 221B Baker Street is probably the world's most famous address. Yes, it's the home address of Sherlock Holmes, a popular fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Although the character is fictional, the street is not. Baker Street is a real street name, which located in the Marylebone district of the City of Westminster in London.

The City of Westminster is a London borough occupying much of the central area of London. If you have a plan to visit London, it's recommended to search London bed and breakfast hotel in Westminster area, as there are plenty of tourist sites in this region, namely Madame Tussauds Museum, Royal Opera House, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Zoo, and Sherlock Holmes Museum.

Sherlock Holmes Museum is a museum dedicated to the life and times of the world's most popular detective. Officially, the museum has a postal address of 221B Baker Street, although it's actually situated between numbers 237 and 241. The city council has allowed the usage of this address since the museum opened in  March 1990. According to the novel, Sherlock Holmes and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson lived on Baker Street  between 1881-1904. During that period, the museum building itself was used as a boarding house.

Museum Attractions

The museum building is n 4-storey1815 Georgian townhouse, very similar to the 221B described in the Sherlock Holmes' books. The interior has been faithfully maintained for posterity exactly as described in the published stories.

This excellent museum contains all the artifacts described in the four novels and short stories of Sherlock Holmes, where the exhibits are from the various cases Holmes and Watson solved, and the many rooms of this old house are set up exactly as you would imagine when you read the books. You'll get the feeling as though the characters are to appear at any moment.

The famous study room overlooking Baker Street is located on the 1st floor above a flight of 17 steps. Visitors can sit in Sherlock Holmes’s armchair by the fireside to pose for photos, and  enter his bedroom adjoining the study. Holmes' possessions, such as his deerstalker, magnifying glass, calabash pipe, violin, chemistry equipment, and notebook, are all there in this study room. Unfortunately for those who're not a fans of this detective, they probably won't know the meaning of these stuffs, as they don't have any information that describe them.

At the bottom floor there's a gift shop selling all manner of Sherlock Holmes related things, from note pads to models of Victorian cameras, decent DVD selection, and even copies of the outfits from the stories.

One drawback of this museum is that you won't find any memorabilia of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This mostly because the family don't want anything to do with the museum, as they don't like the idea of people thinking that Sherlock Holmes was a real person. The presence of the museum would strengthen the idea in the minds of many fans that Holmes and Dr. Watson were really exist.

Museum Information

Location: City of Westminster, Central London, at the southwest corner of Regent's Park
Nearest Major Airport: London Heathrow or London Gatwick
Open: Every day of the year (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am - 6pm
Admission: Adult £6 Child £4 (under 16yrs)

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