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About the Charles Dickens Museum

One of many homes occupied by Charles Dickens, this is now a fully restored museum devoted to his life.

Rooms are laid out as if the Dickens family are still living there and have just stepped out for a moment.

A recent extension into the neighbouring building allowed for a lot of heritage to also be put on display without spoiling the history of the original home.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Charles Dickens Museum,
48 Doughty Street,
London,
WC1N 2LX

Link to Charles Dickens Museum's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City
This exhibition explores the characters, events, places and personal tales of triumph and tragedy that inspired and shaped the novel that made Charles Dickens a household name across the world.
More! Oliver Twist, Dickens and Stories of the City
10am to 5pm
Clerkenwell
Ends on Sun 13th March 2022
2021-10-20
2022-03-13
 

Charles Dickens Museum Map

 

Fequently asked questions

How do you get to Charles Dickens Museum?

The museum is a short walk from a number of tube stations, the two easiest to use being Russell Square (Piccadilly line) or Chancery Lane (Central line). Farringdon is also close, but it's less convenient to walk to the museum from.

Is the Charles Dickens Museum free to visit?

No, they charge admission to the museum, which covers both the house his family lived in and the exhibitions in the next door house.

How long does a visit to the Charles Dickens Museum last?

It can vary from an hour to a couple of hours depending on how in depth you look around.

Is there a cafe in the Charles Dickens Museum?

Yes, in the back of the museum on the ground floor.

Is the Charles Dickens Museum accessible?

Yes, although it's old building so there are limitations, there is a lift to all floors now.

What's the nearest railway station to Charles Dickens Museum

The nearest station is Russell Square which is 0.3 miles away.


Charles Dickens Museum - Latest News

See a Parish Boy’s Progress at the Charles Dickens Museum
See a Parish Boy’s Progress at the Charles Dickens Museum

An exhibition at the Dickens Museum has opened about Charles Dicken’s second novel as a full-time writer, which was also probably his second most famous novel, after a Christmas Carol.

Charles Dickens Museum reopening with extended exhibition
Charles Dickens Museum reopening with extended exhibition

Charles Dickens family home, now a museum, has confirmed that it will be reopening on 19th May, and its Technicolour Dickens exhibition has been extended for an extra month.

Catch Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol by candle light
Catch Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol by candle light

Over three nights, a performance of A Christmas Carol will take place inside Charles Dickens home, and it will be done live and by candlelight.

A Christmas of talks about Charles Dickens
A Christmas of talks about Charles Dickens

Christmas seems somewhat synonymous with Charles Dickens, and the Charles Dickens Museum is hosting a series of appropriate talks over the next few weeks.

Charles Dickens Museum selling limited edition postcards
Charles Dickens Museum selling limited edition postcards

Social distancing signs might not seem the sort of thing people might want to collect, but when done well, they become artforms in their own right.

See Charles Dickens in technicolour
See Charles Dickens in technicolour

One of the curiosities about Charles Dickens is how familiar we are with the image of the elderly bearded classically Victorian man we are. No other author of the time is as instantly recognisable.

Charles Dickens Museum reopens with a new exhibition
Charles Dickens Museum reopens with a new exhibition

The museum inside Charles Dickens London home is reopening after its virus lockdown, with a new exhibition that will include eight newly colourised portraits.

Charles Dickens Museum acquires 25 previously unpublished letters
Charles Dickens Museum acquires 25 previously unpublished letters

Twenty-five previously unseen letters written by Charles Dickens have been donated to his museum by an American collector, as part of a huge donation of over 300 items.

Museum Meals – Charles Dickens Museum
Museum Meals – Charles Dickens Museum

At the back of a row of posh terraced houses in Bloomsbury is a small comfortable cafe – inside the Charles Dickens Museum.

The first Christmas card goes on show in London
The first Christmas card goes on show in London

1843 was an important year in the history of Christmas, and a new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum is bringing them together for the first time.

Exhibition looks at the internationalisation of Charles Dickens
Exhibition looks at the internationalisation of Charles Dickens

The Charles Dickens Museum has put on one of its occasional exhibitions, this time looking at the man’s international fame and impact.

Rediscovered portrait of Dickens to go on display for one week in April
Rediscovered portrait of Dickens to go on display for one week in April

A “lost” portrait of Charles Dickens, recently re-discovered after 174 years, will go on public display for one week this April in the Charles Dickens Museum.

Dinner with the Charles Dickens Museum
Dinner with the Charles Dickens Museum

Christmas means food, drink and dickens, so the Charles Dickens Museum has decked the halls and put out the (artificial) food in a celebration of a Dickensian Christmas.

 

Recent exhibitions

A special exhibition of original illustrations by John Kenney for the 1965 Ladybird life of Dickens.
2016-11-30
2017-04-16
The exhibition explores a largely unknown and under-rated body of Dickens’s work that speaks plainly to social justice with energy and relevance—both then and now.
2017-08-05
2017-10-29
The Charles Dickens Museum explores the creation of the story that may just be the most loved of the author’s tales.
2017-11-29
2018-02-25
This exhibition of new and recent work by artist Louise Weir, takes visitors on an investigative journey of memory, identity and loss informed by Charles Dickens’s classic novel, Great Expectations.
2018-03-13
2018-04-29
This exhibition investigates and reveals Dickens’s deep and influential interest in medicine, chemistry, geology, the energy of the Earth and the ability of science to drive change.
2018-05-24
2018-11-11
Rediscovered portrait of Dickens to go on display
A "lost" portrait of Charles Dickens, recently re-discovered after 174 years, will go on public display for one week.
2019-04-02
2019-04-07

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