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The Charles Dickens Museum

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Address: Charles Dickens Museum 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX, England
Phone Number: 44 20 7405 2127
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Charles Dickens Museum in London holds the world's most important...

The Charles Dickens Museum in London holds the world's most important Dickens collection with over 100,000 items including manuscripts, rare editions, personal items, paintings and other visual sources.Based in 48 Doughty Street, the author’s only surviving London house, we offer visitors the chance to experience what Dickens’s home would have been like and learn more about the great novelist and social commentator. We are open every day of the week, and welcome visitors of all ages.

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A Place Everyone Should Visit

The Dickens Museum is excellent. We really loved looking round this house and learning more about the great author and social reformer, I have read his life story and to go here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Dickens Museum is excellent. We really loved looking round this house and learning more about the great author and social reformer, I have read his life story and to go here put flesh on the bone of the story. We were very satisfied with this Museum and recommend it to others

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is actually one of the houses Dickens lived in. They have a lot of original artifacts from him. Each room has informative plaques and nicely labeled artifacts. A great way to learn about the great author. Well worth the time. Included in the London Pass.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great attention to detail! Museum really brought one into Dicken's life. I found the experience so pleasurable and rewarding. Cost for my husband and I- 18 GBP.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this museum with my 3 grandsons aged 10,8,5 as one of them is doing Charles Dickens at school next term. They all found it really interesting and enjoyed doing the quiz sheet provided would highly recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum intending to go on to another attraction later but in the event we stayed for three hours. (We did view everything in detail but there is a lot to see.) If you are a Dickens "fan", you will love this extensive exhibition. We liked the soundscapes which enhanced the atmosphere in some of the rooms. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My last visit was in 1987 and since then, the redevelopment of the Museum was a major improvement to the rather shabby circumstances of Dickens' House towards the end of last century. Dickens comes alive in this house and his relationship with guests, family, staff and the public is carefully defined. Recommended if you are interested in Dickens' work or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although Dickens leased this house for just a few years, it's where he began his family, gained fame and popularity, and witnessed some tragedy. His only remaining home is so packed with solid, authentic artifacts and decorated with quotes from his works that you feel the lives lived in this modest home. And so much of it is touchable. Get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Charles Dickens Museum is in fact his family home on Doughty Street in Bloomsbury. You can see where he wrote, where he dined, and where he and his wife Catherine entertained their many guests. Some of his best-loved novels were written, including Oliver Twist. This is the only remaining house of Charles Dickens in London. He began here his married... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very charming museum which has a unique collection of Dickensia (if that is a real word). Charles Dickens only lived here for 2 years and in fact rented this house rather than owned it but there are very many interesting exhibits that were owned by Dickens including a large quantity of books, personal letters and household items.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a healthy walk northwest of the British Museum is a much smaller museum, located on a side street at 48 Doughty Street. This small, but delightful museum, is located on one of Charles Dickens former homes and is dedicated to the life and times of Dickens and his family. The authenticity of the rooms is absolutely amazing as is... More 

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