Visiting my idol: Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens Museum in London
Photo: Charles Dickens Museum

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.

Charles Dickens desk in Dickens Museum

DickensDrawing

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.

A plate in Charles Dickens Museum, London
The table is set at Charles Dickens Museum.
Charles Dickens personal belongings: Shaver, scissor etc.
Charles Dickens’ personal belongings: Shaver, scissor etc.

Info

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.

Link: Charles Dickens Museum London

Kitchen in Charles Dickens Museum, London.
The kitchen.

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