Charles Dickens Museum

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Number 48 Doughty Street is the only remaining London home of eminent Victorian author Charles Dickens. Dickens described the terraced Georgian dwelling as 'my house in town' and resided here from 1837 until 1839 with his wife and young family.

Two of his daughters were born here, his sister-in-law Mary died aged 17 in an upstairs bedroom and some of his best-loved novels were written here, including Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

The museum was transformed and expanded in 2012 with a £3.1 million restoration project, 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.

There is also a lovely garden café serving a range of homemade sweet treats and savoury lunches.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Mon-Sun 10:00-17:00
Last admission 16:00

Admission charges

Adults £8
Concessions £6
Children £4
Children under 6 free

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
  • International Council of Museums

The collection ranges from paintings by well-known Victorian artists such as Maclise and Frith to manuscripts, personal items, memorabilia and reconstructed rooms.

Collection details

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.

Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty Street
London
Greater London
WC1N 2LX
England

Website

www.dickensmuseum.com

E-mail

info@dickensmuseum.com

Telephone

020 7405 2127

Fax

020 7831 5175

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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