"Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street" Sherlock Holmes Museum Tip by Kaspian
Sherlock Holmes Museum, London: 36 reviews and 81 photos
As a child, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, was one of my greatest heroes. Holmes was rivalled in my mind by only one another man who spends time in London--Doctor Who. I mean, although well paired in intelligence, skill, deduction, and wit, the Doctor had a time machine, so how could Sherlock really compete against that? With a full-day London Underground pass and seeing the Baker Street tube stop, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to step out to look around. When you look closely at the tiles in the Baker Street tube, they're all little effigies at Sherlock. Some of the platforms have murals depicting scenes from the Holmes books. When you exit the station you're greeted by a 9-foot tall bronze statue of the detective. Unveiled on September 23, 1999, and sculpted by John Doubleday, it appeared to me that from the shine on one of the shoes that people rub the toe for luck. Or for greater intelligence maybe?
At Sherlock's famous address, 221b Baker Street, there is "The Sherlock Holmes Museum", dedicated to the life and times of the detective. It is decorated as a home would be in the Victorian era and has recreations of his study and Doctor Watson's bedroom, wax figures depicting scenes from the stories, and a gift shop. I opted not to visit the museum because I was wary about the idea of visiting a home where a fictional character was said to have lived. The museum is open every day (except Christmas) from 9:30am to 6:00pm.
Address: 221b Baker Street
Directions: Baker Street tube stop.
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