Monday, April 21, 2008
The Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a fairly small affair. But since the address is 221 B Baker Street, there must have been a 221 A Baker Street as well. Of course, this was not a real address at the time Arthur Conan Doyle was writing about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Sherlock Holmes was a regular feature of The Strand magazine where his adventures as a consulting detective were recounted.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is true to all the many details of the apartment at 221B Baker Street, from tobacco in the slipper on the mantle to a bust of Holmes that was shot during one of his many adventures. The Sherlock Holmes Museum Shop features all kinds of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson items, I think I still have a leather bookmark floating around here somewhere from my own visit.
It is a fun place to visit and take a few snapshots and it won't take too much time out of your busy London schedule. It's the whole idea of Sherlock Holmes that is appealing though and visiting the flat at 221b Baker St is like visiting a shrine to the Great Man. I still read the new books which are always coming about about Sherlock Holmes, many of them in which he has found his true love and gotten married, or is an old man walking around with two canes and still solving puzzling crimes. Sherlock Holmes can never really die and a trip to Baker Street is well worth the detour.