The Charles Dickens Museum in London has reopened just in time for Christmas, a time of year memorialized by Dickens' widely known work "A Christmas Carol." It's also just prior to the conclusion of Dickens' 200th anniversary -- he was born in 1812.
The museum, located at 48 Douty St. in London, had been closed while undergoing a $5-million restoration. It was Dickens' home from 1837-39; he wrote "Oliver Twist" and "Nicholas Nickelby" there. Although he moved on as his reputation and fortunes grew, 48 Douty St. is the only one of his London homes that remains standing.
Tickets to visit the Charles Dickens Museum cost $13 for adults and $6 for children. The museum's website describes what visitors can expect to see:
"On their tour around the new museum, visitors will be able to walk around rooms decorated as Dickens would have known them. Each room reflects a different part of Dickens's world; his reading desk can be seen in the drawing room, where he would have entertained guests with readings from his work, whilst the master bedroom will display personal items that have never been on display before. The second bedroom, where his sister-in-law Mary died at 17, reflects on Dickens's relationship with mortality and will feature the Museum's latest acquisition, an extremely rare set of photographic prints showing the 1865 rail crash Dickens was involved in. In the attic, visitors can learn more about Dickens's difficult childhood and his literary and social legacy, before moving next door into the new wing at No 49 to explore further collections of Dickensiana."
They also get to visit his wine cellar; "Dickens loved his booze," museum director Florian Schweizer told Reuters.