I have interviewed a lot of famous people and normally I don’t get star struck. But when it comes to important and wonderful writers like Charles Dickens it’s another story. Visiting his previous home felt like an honour even though the house is a museum open for everyone.
It is a very speciel feeling to walk around in a house where Dickens and his family lived for to and a half years. They ate in the dining room, had parties (Dickens loved to be a host), slept in the bedroom and Charles Dickens wrote some of his most succesful novels – Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist – at the very same writing desk you can see at the museum.
The house is full of photographs, paintings, personal stuff, books etc. so it still feels like a home and the people who lived there are very present. There is something about visiting the places where great personalities lived. When I travel, I like to visit a birthplace, a childhood home or a museum devoted to the historical persons. For example Mozart’s house in Salzburg where you can see his first violin, Picasso’s home in Malaga and off course Rungstedlund, the home of the great Danish writer Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen).
Most of the places I’ve visited reminds me of one thing: that people who has left its mark on history was people who never gave up. People with great courage and a strong will to create and change their life or the society. Like Charles Dickens with his love for ‘the little man’ and his burning desire to write about him. That’s why Charles Dickens Museum is so inspiring. It isn’t just a museum. It was a home – and it feels like a family home where one of the world’s greatest authors lived, loved and worked.
Address: 48 Doughty Street, London. Underground: Russell Square, Chancery Lane or Holborn.
Opening: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am -5 pm.
Admission prices: Adult: £9. Students and Seniors: £6. Child 6-16 years: £4. Children under 6 years: Free.