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.
A City Observed: Signs from Dickens's London
- 2 August — 15 November 2014 *on now
Our new exhibition, A City Observed, explores the impact that hand crafted Victorian Shop signs had on the writings of Charles Dickens and his representation of Victorian London.
Throughout his life, Dickens enjoyed taking long, rambling walks through the city’s streets. As a journalist, these strolls resulted in vivid descriptions of the urban environment. As a novelist, walking exposed him to all manner of real-life London – its people, places and even the street furniture which he then transported onto the pages of his stories.
This exhibition focuses on three shop signs from our collection that reveal Dickens’s extraordinary ability to capture his surroundings to memory before mixing them into the visual landscape of his writings. The Dog and Pot, the Little Wooden Midshipman and the Goldbeater’s Arm signs are the perfect examples of small city details that Dickens noticed and drew to the attention of his readers
Focusing on the character and history of these street signs, advertising shops and other places of business, the exhibition reveals Dickens’s extraordinary ability to observe and recount in detail the London cityscape and bring to life that detail in the pages of his novels.
- Any age
Entrance to the Temporary Exhibition is included in the general admission price and is not accessible independently.