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The Sherlock Homes Museum – Baker Street, London

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

So, you better be quick reading this, because they’re onto you.

Only kidding. The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a cheap, interesting and interactive house museum on the high street of Baker Street, just off the Underground station. This is part of a four-part series of what I did and went to on the 24th of September. The London Dungeons ->, Sea Life -> and Phoenix Palace Review -> were all part of it.

Burn this when you’ve finished. (Don’t, you could you hurt yourself kids, don’t try it. Really.)

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a definite must-go for all Sherlock fans. There’s a gift shop right next door, where you can buy books about Sherlock, his novels, collectibles and little music boxes (not associated with Sherlock as much; I don’t think they had ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm’ in those days. Tickets are very cheap, around £5 for children and £8 for adults. However, the waiting time is very long indeed for such a tiny house, though not particurly remote. Don’t worry; there are plenty of shops including an obsessed-with-the-Beatles gift shop, a rock instrumentalist shop and some cafeteria’s and-sigh- house estate agents. The waiting time lasts for about thirty minutes, so make sure you have something to do.

Once you’re in, you can at first take a picture with the policeman at the front door, wearing sporting caps in the form of Sherlock and Watson. Then, travel up to the first flight of stairs and reach the first floor, which is the living room and study, I suppose. Most things are interactive and can be handled, if so with the utmost care (perhaps the lady didn’t think my friend was very careful, which is probably why she asked her to put the telescope down. Oh well.) Take promotional pictures of the two smoking pipes and inspecting through eye-glasses, or peak through notes and extracts from Sherlock’s diary. The Telegraph newspaper from the 1940’s is even situated in the newspaper box outside the doorway.

As you ascend through the many little rooms filled with stories, items and pastimes from Sherlock’s house, including wax figures telling the stories of some of Sherlock’s mysteries, including ‘A Study in Scarlet’ and ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, two of Sir. Arthur’s most well renown novels from the series. Inspect rooms filled with artefacts like guns and paintings from the time, and the toilet (wonder if it still works.) The whole museum, nevertheless, is only three floors high, containing two on each floor, which results in a (now it’s time to get your brain thinking, come on now) measly six rooms in a tightly-packed house. Still, value for your money, and you can take pictures too, unlike inside the London Dungeons, as you can see here (link).

All in all, good, but if he really had lived there during his inspector days, his rooms must have been packed to the brim full of notes, books, pipes, instruments of inspecting, random objects, paintings and goodness knows what else. Help.

Experience Rating: 8/10

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