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London || Sherlock Holmes Museum

I’ve mentioned before what a huge Sherlock Holmes nerd I am. I legitimately even wrote my college entrance essay about him. My love began at a young age by obsessively watching the “Great Mouse Detective” before later delving into the stories for myself. (The Conan Doyle original, not the Cumberbatch update – I have mixed feelings on it, don’t get me started.) And yet, I’d never ventured to 221B Baker Street myself. To be honest, the price tag always put me off a bit. 

So when Travelex offered me the opportunity to be a tourist in London for a day, I quickly took them up on the offer. I started my day by changing $150 (USD) to pounds. Travelex made the whole process really simple and the young lady at their Oxford Circus location was the nicest. I started out by having breakfast at Dishoom, following that up with exploring the Sherlock Holmes museum, then a snack at the Nordic Bakery and lastly watching the sunset from atop Tower Bridge. It was a great day and I’ll talk about the other aspects of it in length another time. But for now let’s get back to Sherlock Holmes. 

I’m going to use the term “museum” loosely. It’s hard to make a museum about a fictional person, I grant you. But I expected to see some memorabilia from various actors who’ve portrayed Sherlock, editions of Conan Doyle’s books and some Victorian artefacts thrown in here and there. 

At least that’s what I expected. What you get is more a mishmash of Victorian set dress and some really terrifying waxworks of some of Holmes’ most infamous cases. Sam and I were both creeped out at various points in time. It was definitely a laugh, and it’s something that I am glad to say that I finally did. But with tickets at £15 a head, it’s not something I’d prioritise as a tourist with limited time in London. 

decanter holmes books holmes' desk me in deerstalker
I’d be an excellent Sherlock. 

me in museum murdered by snake
Death by snake bite – what a way to go! 

outside 221b Baker st posing with sherlock
I couldn’t help posing by a legend. 

sam in deerstalker
My take on Sherlock is far superior to Sam’s. 

sherlock bust sherlock holmes museum sherlock's room waxworks

Have you ever visited the Sherlock Holmes museum yourself? 

*Travelex provided my funds for my day out, but how I spent them and all my opinions are solely my own. For the US TravelEx site, click here.

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  • I am such a huge SH fan too!!! Never been to the museum though – it looks like a lot of fun! You’d make a great Sherlock – love the photos, haha. xxx

    • Haha thanks Miranda. It’s definitely tacky, but a funny afternoon if you have the right mind set for it. xx

  • My favorite book as a child as Sherlock Holmes, you guys have great Sherlocks!

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I love the photo of you posing as Sherlock Holmes 🙂

  • Love the photos of you and Sam! I went to the museum last year – I’m glad I went, but overall I found it really tacky and a bit of a tourist trap. I don’t think it helped that I had just been to the Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London, which in my opinion was so much better! Did you make it to that one?

    • I did and I totally agree. If it was a bit cheaper it’d be just a funny day out that you could laugh off. I’m still glad that I went and can tick it off my list though! xx

  • You totally nailed the Sherlock Holmes pose!

  • yes, I did! during my first visit so it was super cheap back then compared to today! I think it was around the fiver!i loved it!:))

  • You make a magnificent Holmes.
    I walked past that place so many times when I lived in London but never ventured inside. Some of those waxworks look TERRIFYING!
    M x

  • I did this tourist thing too! I’m still sorting through the 1300 photos Mark took. He was that excited.

    The one time I ventured into the Sherlock Holmes museum was after having a raging fight with the staff at Madame Tussauds. Haha, that’s a whole other story but I’ll finish by saying you and Sam should totally have your own spin off Sherlock series x

  • I’ve walked by 221B but hadn’t heard anything spectacular about the actual museum – although I have to admit I’m a big fan of the Cumberbatch-Sherlock (read: fan, not fangirl 😉 ) Minus the recent episode in the Victorian era….like….what?!

    • The recent episode was…….hmmm…I have no nice words for it really. What a strange decision by Moffat et all! xx

  • I would love to visit the Sherlock museum!!! My boyfriend and I are huge fans of the BBC show 😉

  • Miu

    I’ve only been to the front door 😉 But I think I’m glad I didn’t enter, if it’s really that scary?

  • Your photos showcase the ‘museum’ beautifully!

  • Wow what a bloody wonderful place

  • wax works creep me out in general, but it’s still pretty cool you got to visit 🙂 and you could definitely pull off a new Sherlock series!

  • How cool! I’d love to visit there someday!

  • I love Sherlock – both the books and Benedict Cumberbatch. The wonderful man with a brain so quick I can’t even imagine. I’d love to be there someday, it looks glorious!

    xo,
    Not Your Type Blog

  • ah, i do love sherlock holmes. and i’ve visited the museum twice, although i can’t remember if we only went to the shop the first time. and i do agree that it’s not perhaps what you’d expect it to be, haha. i do quite like it, though, it’s cutely tacky and unusual, i suppose. i even applied to work there and had a trial day(s) but the management seemed a bit off and difficult so nothing came out of in the end, haha! xx

    • Haha, as one of my first jobs in England I worked in a very similar museum dressed in period clothing every day. It was very hot in the summer so it was probably a good decision on your part 😉 xx

  • We made it as far as the gift shop, but paying the £15 entrance fee wasn’t high on our list that day. The toilets downstairs were really weird and cute though! haha.

  • Oh I went in when I was in London last March and it was sooo disappointing! I think I paid a bit less, but definitely not great with that pricetag for about a 15 minutes visit as well! I agree that tourists in London should not prioritise this – though it’s cute to perhaps pass by 🙂

    • I thought it was silly – not something that I’d ever advise someone spending their money on as a London priority. But I knew what we were going to be getting in to so it was just a laugh. I’m not sure how they get away with unsuspecting people paying and then being disappointed that it’s not a museum though! x