The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a popular privately-run museum in London, dedicated to the celebrated 19th century detective created by Sir Conan Doyle. The museum opened in 1990 and is situated in Baker Street, bearing the number 221b – the address of the fictional detective - although it actually lies between numbers 237 and 241.
The Georgian four-story town house which the museum occupies as "221b Baker Street" was formerly used as a boarding house from 1860 to 1936, and covers the period of 1881 to 1904 when Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson were reported to have resided there as tenants of Mrs Hudson. The museum is run by the Sherlock Holmes International Society, a non-profit organization.
The following images were shot by photoblogger omnesolum on a visit to the museum.
Everything starts with the Baker Street metro station. Here we are met by the familiar silhouette with a calabash pipe and signature hat.
The Museum has four stories. The ground floor houses a gift shop. On the second floor is the living room and bedroom of Holmes. The third floor has rooms for Watson and Mrs Hudson, the landlady and the owner of the house. On the fourth floor there are wax figures of various characters from the stories. There is also a small loft, which houses the bathroom.
The living room.
Holmes’ personal study
In the living room you can find many items connected with the characters of novels: Holmes felt hat and a pot of Dr. Watson, pipe, violin, magnifying glass, notebook, chemicals and equipment , Persian slippers (in which Holmes sometimes stored tobacco), etc.
Dr Watson’s room
Books on medicine, belonging to the doctor.
Bedroom of Mrs. Hudson
Bust of Napoleon from the story "Six Napoleons"
Wax figure of the red-headed pawnbroker Jabez Wilson rewriting the Encyclopedia Britannica in the story “The Redheaded League”.
Mr. Neville St. Claire works as a professional beggar in the story "The Man with the Twisted lip", and Dr. Grimsby Roylott just stepped on their own rakes and died from the bite of a swamp adder in the story “The Speckled Band”.
Professor Moriarty, the head of the London underworld and sworn enemy of the detective
Head of the hound of the Baskervilles, the legendary ghost dog, supposedly haunting Baskervilles, from the novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles”
Holmes and Watson rescued a woman from a painful death in the story “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax”.
Collectibles for sale at the gift shop in the museum.
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