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Dining Room at the Charles Dickens Museum

The Victorian family home of Charles Dickens in London

Welcome to the Charles Dickens Museum in London. This is where the author wrote Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. It’s where he first achieved international fame as one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

Visit us to discover the Dickens family home. Uncover the private world behind the author’s public image. Explore his study, the family bedchambers, and the servants’ quarters below stairs. See treasures including Dickens’s desk, handwritten drafts from the novels he wrote here, and his young wife’s engagement ring. Walk through rooms dressed with their furniture, table ware, portraits, marble busts, china ornaments and paintings.

 

Life in the Dickens family home

Dickens and his wife Catherine moved here to 48 Doughty St, London, a few months before Queen Victoria began her reign in 1837. The couple raised the eldest three of their ten children in the house. They also hosted many of the period’s leading figures with dinners and parties.

 

Charles Dickens’s study

At the centre of the house is the author’s study. In this book-lined room he wrote an extraordinary number of newspaper articles, journal essays, short stories and novels – always with a quill pen and often by candlelight. He was frequently inspired by the busy household of family, servants and guests around him.

 Dickens's Dream by R W Buss

Events and exhibitions

The Museum presents a lively programme of special exhibitions, workshops, performances and talks on Dickens’s life, work and legacy.

Find out what’s on.

 

Garden café and shop

Our café is a calm oasis in the heart of Bloomsbury, London. It has a charming outdoor courtyard and serves drinks, light meals and cakes. We also have a shop for gifts and books. You can visit both without a ticket to the Museum.

See what we’re serving in our café today.

Explore our online shop.

 

International centre for research

The Museum is an international centre for research on Charles Dickens. It contains the world's finest and most comprehensive collection of material relating to his life and work, with over 100,000 items including furniture, personal effects, paintings, prints, photographs, letters, manuscripts, and rare editions.

The collection, and the discoveries that our network of researchers make around it, are the inspiration for our programme of special exhibitions and events.

At any one time we’re only able to put a small portion of the collection on public display. Researchers may apply for access to the full collection through our specialist library.

 

The Charles Dickens Museum was redeveloped in 2012 with a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund together with partnership support from a number of trusts, foundations and individual donors.

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