Maybe the latest Sherlock Holmes movie reminded you of the grandeur that is Sherlock Holmes and his famous sidekick Doctor Watson, or maybe you have been a life long die-hard fan. Whatever the case; if you are interested in the fictional characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you should not miss the chance to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London. The museum is situated in the exact address of the characters’ fictional apartment where they are reported to have resided between 1881 and 1904: the famous 221b Baker Street in London. On the north end of Baker Street, between Marlebone & Park Road, and close to Regent’s Park, the 1815 Georgian town house was formerly used as a boarding house but was transformed into the museum in 1990. Dedicated to the life and times of the famous detectives, the interior has been furnished exactly as described in the published stories. The apartment of Holmes lies on the first floor and comprises two rooms that can be viewed. Very true to the fiction, here, you can sit in Holmes’ armchair, explore some of his scientific experiments and imagine the detective smoking on his pipe right next to you. Everything you remember from the stories is right there: the actual notebook, the violin, his pipe and different disguises and more, all of which belonged to none other than Sherlock Holmes himself. An exhibition area, which features amusing life-size wax figures from the best known Sherlock Holmes adventures, friends and enemies alike, can be found on the second and third floor. Throughout the Victorian rooms in the 3 floors of exhibits and displays you can explore the life and stories of the legendary detective, read letters written to Holmes, take fun photos at the door with “the” hat and even dress up as Holmes himself! It is also kind of like a big quiz for Holmes fans: you can try to guess what article or “memorabilia” comes from which story.
For Holmes addicts and fans of Arthur Conan Doyle’s dynamic duo, this museum is a must. The apartment itself is worth a visit due to its Victorian era feel, but the point is that you can really stand in the fictional house of a fictional character, and not just any made up person: we are talking about the legendary detective Holmes! Also, there is a great souvenir and antique shop on the ground floor where you can find books, clothing, collectibles and more. This is a great way to spend some time and get to know Sherlock Holmes and his always faithful partner Doctor Watson. Or as he would say: “Elementary, my dear Watson”.
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