About the museum
Located at one of the world’s most famous addresses, the Sherlock Holmes Museum lovingly recreates the gas-lit world of London’s iconic detective and his Victorian surroundings. Immerse yourself in a treasure trove of items relating to Sherlock and the famous cases he solved, in the very setting which inspired them.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum is situated at 221B Baker Street, London, one of the world’s most famous addresses.
According to the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, super sleuth Sherlock Holmes made this his residence from 1881 to 1904. His rooms have been faithfully maintained to give visitors from all round the globe an insight into the life and stories of the world’s first consulting detective, and a memorable, authentic experience of Victorian London.
A splendid four-storey Georgian townhouse dating back to 1815, the Museum building served for many decades as a lodging house, but is now listed to protect its architectural and cultural heritage, boasting a blue plaque to commemorate the period of Holmes’ residency.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum opened its iconic front door in 1990, and now attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world making a pilgrimage to the home of their literary hero. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge, passion and love of Sherlock Holmes with all our visitors.
From the cheery London ‘Bobby’ in traditional uniform at the door, to the welcoming, knowledgeable guides in period costume guiding you through the rooms, come and immerse yourself in the gas-lit world of London’s iconic detective. The small and intimate setting of 221B is filled with authentic Victorian furniture and curiosities, and a treasure trove of items belonging to Sherlock, his friends and adversaries.
Whether you’re a die-hard devotee of the original stories or a more recent Cumberbatch convert, step back in time to see where some of Holmes and Watson’s most famous cases began and imagine what life was like in a fascinating bygone era.
The Museum also boasts the largest collection of Sherlock Holmes gifts and memorabilia in the world. Our gift shop offers a range of unique and exclusive Sherlock-related items to amaze even the great detective himself. From deerstalker hats handcrafted in England, to puzzles, beautifully bound books and much more. Browse the Shop during your visit, or find a selection of items online here.