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One of the most highly anticipated events on my trip to Europe was the Sherlock Holmes Museum. I had missed it on my last trip to London and was determined not to miss it again! With all the hullabaloo over BBC Sherlock, Elementary, and Downey Jr.’s films, I was nervous it would be more of a tourist trap than ever! I can happily report that it was not. Though I’m sure with the recent incarnations their profit margins have risen quite a bit. The Museum was the first stop on my self-induced ‘Sherlock’ day. So, is the Sherlock Holmes Museum worth it?
Baker Street was really close to my hostel (see my post on YHA London Central) so I walked there. It’s a pretty busy street, being near Madame Tussauds and Regents Park. When you arrive go directly inside the shop to purchase your ticket, then go outside to wait in line. It’s a small building so they only let a certain amount of people in at a time. Bring an umbrella in case it rains because there’s no covering for you to stand under while waiting. Seventeen steps up and you have reached Sherlock Holmes’ apartment. If you’re like me and have actually read the books, you will actually count those seventeen steps! Dorky, I know.
Pictured above is Sherlock’s room. There’s a surprising amount of detail here. I know it’s a bit hard to see in the pictures, click to make them bigger. Upon entering you do feel that he could have lived here. It was a boarding house during Sherlock’s time so it’s very accurate. What impressed me most was that there are allusions to most of Sherlock and Watson’s adventures. For example, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” one of my favorite stories, is represented.
There’s also a lot of writings from Sherlock to Watson, and others. I really liked the way they setup the scene below with his magnifying glass. They let you take pictures of everything, and if you need help just ask one of the employees. They all dress in period clothing so that’s a nice touch as well! You could literally spend all day reading the little articles here. I apologize, I forgot to take a picture of Watson’s room upstairs, but hey, got to have some surprises for when you go right?
Elementary my dear Watson!
Finally, the man himself! It’s a pretty nice bust of our high-functioning sociopath! I wish they would have sold mini versions of these in the shop! After you leave the apartment, make sure to visit the shop where you bought your ticket. It’s a bit pricey, but what souvenir shop isn’t? I do wish they had better shirts, hint to anyone who works there! Not everyone loves a polo!
221 B Baker Street
Lastly, my favorite photo. I took it while leaving the apartment. I was the last one out so I got a clear shot of the window above the door. On a final note, I’d like to say that the Museum is worth it. It takes much more of a focus on the books than the film and television incarnations, as it should! They have done Sir Arthur Conan Doyle proud! Let me know if you have any questions.