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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
June 8, 2011
From journal London Museums Big & Small
July 28, 2008
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 4, 2005
Here you will find wax figures (though nothing like Madame Tussauds) acting out scenes from the Sherlock novels. You will also find antique furniture, pictures, books, and the likes from "Sherlock Holmes". Most of it is actually from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can sit at the desk Doyle wrote at and have your picture taken with "Mr. Watson". I was surprised when the gentleman asked where we were from, and we said North Carolina, and he had relatives in Gastonia, of all places. If it is not crowed, you can cover the museum in less than an hour.
The building itself dates to 1815, and Watson and Sherlock were to have resided here from 1881-1904. It is listed on the government’s list of historical places. Now, one might wonder if Sherlock Holmes was real or not. There are a number of people who were supposed to have inspired the character. But there wasn’t really a Sherlock Holmes, super crime-fighter, who worked for Scotland Yard. It was the character brought to life by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in over 60 books and novels and numerous movies and TV series.
The campy appeal of this place is what makes it fun. There is nothing here too scary for any wee ones in tow. They do offer a gift shop on the first level. You are permitted to take pictures inside. For more information, go to www.sherlock-holmes.com.uk. Baker Street tube is the closet tube entrance.
From journal Fun and Funky London
by Sarah the Expat
London, United Kingdom
April 1, 2004
The place is a small house decked out in the Victorian style, as though it were the fictional character's residence, complete with bored, spotty teens decked out in period garb. For your £6, you can look around, but there isn't any guided tour or anything. The gift shop was more entertaining than the actual attraction, and you can go in that for free!
I'd only recommend this if you are an obsessive Sherlock Holmes fan; otherwise don't waste the 6 quid.
From journal An American Expat In London
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
June 22, 2002
Still, you may wonder what kind of things the museum might have to offer visitors. Basically, it's two concepts. First, the building has been maintained to look like an authentic late 18th to early 19th century townhouse, and especially decorated as described in the stories. Second, there are numerous items integral to the solving of many of the crimes in the novels, such as weapons and other clues. There are also some models of humans from the stories.
The ground floor is the shop and that's where you purchase the tickets. Up one flight of stairs is the study, and you can even sit in Holmes's armchair for a photo moment, as almost everyone passing through the room did. Holmes's bedroom is also on this floor and contains a variety of his belongings. The next floor up has Dr Watson's and Mrs Hudson's (the landlady) bedrooms and many personal effects. The next floor has several wax models, depicting scenes from the stories.
Although I have read several of the stories, I am not a die-hard fan of Holmes by any means. Consequently, I didn't remember many of the details from the stories, and so didn't recognize many of the artifacts in the museum. I think the museum would be great for someone who is very interested in Holmes or just enjoyed reading many of the stories, but for the rest of us it's a bit over-priced.
The museum is open daily 9:30am-6pm. Admission is £6 for adults and £4 for children. For more information, visit the website (www.sherlock-holmes.co.uk), or call at +44 (0)207 935 8866. You can buy your tickets online with a credit card and avoid the line, if there is one.
The nearest underground is Baker Street.
The museum will not be accessible to people in wheelchairs, as there is no elevator. Most of the displays are hands-on, though, so people with visual impairments should still be able to enjoy them.
From journal London, as Fast as We Can
by Sue Carr
September 3, 2000
From journal Whirlwind London Tour