Charles Dickens Museum
Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty Street
020 7405 2127
020 7831 5175
The only surviving London home of Charles Dickens. Here, between 1837 and 1839, Dickens completed famous works such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.
The museum, set in an early Georgian house, was first opened in 1925 by the Dickens Fellowship, who still use it as their headquarters today. The Museum also has a garden cafe / tea room serving a range of sweet treats and savoury lunches.
The Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, re-opens on 10 December in time to celebrate a Dickensian Christmas.
The museum has been transformed and expanded in a £3.1 million restoration project, supported with substantial funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, and now features original Victorian furniture and fittings, newly opened attics and kitchens, and a brand new education centre at neighbouring 49 Doughty Street.
Visitors to the museum will be taken on a unique journey back in time as they explore and discover Dickens’s life through richly recreated rooms and intimate displays of his personal belongings, paintings and his writing.
Last admission 16.30
Children under 12 free
- Museums Association
The collection ranges from paintings by well-known Victorian artists such as Maclise and Frith to manuscripts, personal items, memorabilia and reconstructed rooms.
Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Literature, Personalities
Key artists and exhibits
- Perhaps the most well-known exhibit is the portrait of Dickens by R.W. Buss (an original illustrator of Pickwick) 'Dickens's Dream' showing the author in his study at Gads Hill Place surrounded by creatures of his imagination.
Mr Fezziwig’s Christmas Cracker!
- 11 — 14 December 2013
An evening of festive wonder at the Charles Dickens Museum: the London home of the great Victorian author…
This Christmas Mr and Mrs Fezziwig cordially invite you to their home for an evening of seasonal entertainment. Every room of their stunning Victorian home is free for you to roam and behind each door a true Christmas treat awaits you.
Throughout the house you will find a range of acts from story telling to cellists, puppetry to song, a host of performers will welcome you in from the cold and spark your Christmas cheer.
The young and talented Smoking Apples Theatre Company will perform a spectacular piece of shadow puppetry concerning a certain Ebeneezer Scrooge that will unravel the mysteries of his past and unveil what hardened the heart of England’s most notorious miser.
Even the chef has something on offer – not only will she reveal her famous recipe for figgy pudding, but this lesson comes in the form of a wonderful operetta!
Suitable for young and old alike, Mr Fezziwig’s Christmas Cracker! is set to be one of the most warming and delightful evenings amidst the chill winter months.
We hope to see you there. A Merry Christmas one and all!
Timed entry from 18:30
A Christmas Carol with Michael Slater
- 16 December 2013 6-7:30pm
This reading of Dickens’s famous novel is brought to life with wit and panache by the great Professor Michael Slater, in the atmospheric surroundings of the author’s home.
This fantastic reading has become something of an annual institution at the Museum and only happens once a year.
(Not suitable for children under 10 years of age)
A Christmas Carol with Dominic Gerrard
- 17 — 21 December 2013
Actor Dominic Gerrard returns to re-live Dickens’s classic narrative in the lavish settings of the author’s former home, decorated for Christmas.
Directed by Tim Carroll (Richard III & Twelfth Night, Globe/West End/Broadway), this telling will transport guests through Scrooge’s life as he journeys out, one bleak Christmas night, with the ghosts that have been sent to reclaim him.
(Suitable for all ages 9+)
Christmas Costumed Tour
- 21 December 2013
Families are encouraged to step back in time to Christmas 1839 in this unique costume tour.
The scene is set: Dickens and his young family are out of the house, attending a Christmas Ball at the home of Ms Burdett-Coutts. In their absence, the housemaid takes a break from her many duties and invites visitors to step through the original door of 48 Doughty Street.
During this exclusive tour of Dickens’s ‘house in town’, visitors can roam through festively decorated rooms and discover the secrets of the esteemed young writer and his growing family.
- Family friendly
Tickets: Adults £15, Concessions £12, Children (6-16) £8