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Elementary My Dear Watson (Sherlock Holmes Museum)
The Sherlock Holmes Museum (London)
Member Name: Vialdana
The Sherlock Holmes Museum (London)
Advantages: Great if you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes
Disadvantages: No disabled access, a bit small and hard to manouver round in place.
I'm quite a fan of museums that are about specific peoples lives, and this is kind of an odd place, but worth a visit if you're a Sherlock Holmes fan. It's located right where you'd expect it to be in 221b Baker Street which if you know your Conan-Doyle, you'll know is where Holmes was supposed to have resided. Now, I know Sherlock Holmes was pure fiction, but the way this museum is set up is as if he was real and this was his residence - it's just as it's described in the books!
Opening Hours, Prices & Access:
Open from 9:30am-6pm it costs £6 for adults and £4 for kids and concessions. This is not a museum suitable for anyone in a wheelchair as there are no lifts, just stairs between each of the floors. I did manage with my walking stick as it's not a huge place and being quite hands on there were also places I could sit down to rest for a moment here and there too.
The building is a listed building, with a Victorian Policeman stood at the door, and the museum inside it brings to life some of the characters from the books. It's quite a fun place to visit and certainly not a serious museum like many are. Instead when you go in here, you're kind of transported back to the fictional Victorian world of Mr Holmes and encounter wax models of some of the characters as well as real people dressed up in Victorian garb to tell you about different things as you view them.
What there is to see:
In terms of what there is to see here, well on the ground floor you've got the shop, and you enter here and purchase your tickets. In 'The Study' here you've got Holmes' armchair by the fireplace complete with his violin, Dr Watsons chair and his medical bag, and lots of Victorian furnishings & things like a box of Pall Mall Turkish cigarettes to make it look and feel right. There are quite a few items here from the stories some of which I recognised and some which I didn't, but it's all been done with good fun and faithfully to the books. You've also got Dr Watson here telling you about things and answering your questions which is rather lovely.
Upstairs you've got Dr Watsons domain and that of the landlady Mrs Hudson (she who cooked and saw to Holmes & Watson in the books). In Dr Watsons's room you can see his diary and lots of other things that are very 'Dr Watson' if you get my drift. What's lovely is that they're quite happy for you to take photos, so you can have your picture taken with Dr Watson, or Mrs Hudson,
Upstairs on the third floor there are a number of waxwork people stood (or lying) around depicting various different scenes from the books, these were quite fun to look at, although I have to say that having Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty stood in the same room seems somehow wrong to me, and I have to say I prefered the lower floors of the museum.
If you know the books well you'll probably spot a lot more here from them than I did to be fair. I've read some of them of course, but not all and I know from hearing what others were saying as we were walking round that I was missing recognising some of the key items along the way. I did like that they didn't mind photos being taken, and that the place wasn't lit with bright electric modern lighting, but in Victorian style so you kept the right feel to the place as you looked at everything from brush and comb sets to handcuffs and microscope.
I wouldn't say this is going to be at the top of everyone's list of museums to visit to be perfectly honest. It's not very big - took us about an hour to go around, and its not got huge appeal to anyone who's not a Sherlock Holmes fan. I also don't think that younger kids would find it particularly interesting. Having said all this, we did enjoy our trip there, and it was nice to step into the fictional world for a little while.
Summary: A great bit of fun in museum form, but more suitable for people who've read some of the books.
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