Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sherlock Holmes Museum

No mystery lover's trip to London would be complete without a visit to The Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221b Baker Street. Yes, Sherlock is fictional, but that doesn't stop this place from being loads of fun. Kerry Hammond is here to tell us about her visit. While she was in London she also followed in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper, Agatha Christie and had drinks at the Midnight Apothecary.  All of these posts are part of her Mysterious London series. 

I am such a mystery fan, I had to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street. The address over the door says 221b, but the actual building is nestled somewhere between 235 and 239. Since I am able to worship a detective that never existed, suspending reality to pretend that I was really at 221b was not a problem for me.

Inside the museum, visitors are treated to a display of a wide array of items from Sherlockian England. These items weren’t actually owned by the consulting detective (see previous comment regarding that fact the he didn’t exist) but are clearly antiques from the time and well displayed in rooms decorated to mimic the rooms Holmes rented from Mrs. Hudson.

The museum also contains wax figures used to depict scenes in a handful of Doyle’s stories. These lifelike depictions are dressed in period and posed to play out a part of the story they represent, complete with plaques to explain the story and its significance.

I had a great time walking through the museum and admiring the displays. The staff is also dressed in period and they allow you to take any photos you like and never rush you. There are even chairs you can sit in so that you can get a photo of yourself in Sherlock’s parlor.

The next time you’re in London, all you have to do is take the Baker Street tube stop to visit the museum.

Come back next week to read about the Pubs of London. Spoiler alert, one of them is the Sherlock Holmes Pub.

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