Crime Writing Museums Guide UK 2017

Crime Writing Museums Guide: UK 2017

There are some weird and wacky museums to visit in the UK for the budding crime writer to get some ideas. I’m sure there are TONS more than I’ve listed here but these are on my ‘must visit’ list for 2017!



After Hours: Crime Scene Live

Jan-June 2017

National History Museum, London £60pp

Suit up and solve a crime. Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum’s scientists to solve a murder mystery. Gather and analyse evidence to establish when, where and how the victim died. Trawl through our evidence room and piece together the clues using case files, images, recordings and fingerprint analysis.

Can you help crack the case? This thrilling interactive experience combines real science with crime fiction for an unforgettable night out in London.


Barts Pathology Museum

Open for special events only

St. Barts Hospital, London Admission Varies

Named one of CNN’s Ten Weirdest Medical Museums in the World, Barts Pathology Museum differs from others due to its quirky, interesting events and desire to bring pathology alive. Barts Pathology Museum is based in St Bartholomews Hospital at West Smithfield and houses over 5,000 medical specimens on display over 3 mezzanine levels of the Victorian museum.


City of London Police Museum

Open Mon-Sat all year

Guidhall Library, London FREE

The City of London Police Museum will take visitors on a unique journey, which includes the last hours of Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims; bomb damage during the Blitz; being at the forefront of technology to counter terrorism and the current work against economic crime and cybercrime.


Clink Prison Museum

Open all year 2017

Clink Street, London £7.50pp

The Clink Prison Museum is built upon the original site of The Clink Prison, which dating back to 1144 was one of England’s oldest and most notorious prisons. Visitors will learn all about this scandalous truth of Old Bankside through a hands-on educational experience, with the opportunity to view archaeological artefacts, handle torture devices, and to view and hear all about the tales of torment and many misfortunes of the inmates of the infamous Clink Prison.


Sherlock Holmes Museum

Open all year 2017

Baker Street, London £15pp

The world famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr Holmes shared his rooms with his loyal friend and colleague Dr Watson. The house is protected by the government due to its “special architectural and historical interest” and the 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street is still faithfully maintained for posterity as it was kept in Victorian Times.


The True Crime Museum

Open all year 2017

Hastings, Sussex £7.50pp

The LARGEST collection of Crime Memorabilia in the UK, set in 3,000 sq/ft of caves.


Bodmin Jail

Open all year 2017

Bodmin (obv), Cornwall £10pp

This fascinating building, steeped in both social and architectural history, offers our guests an amazing insight into Cornish penal life over the centuries.


Jack the Ripper Museum

Open all year 2017

Tower Hill, London £10pp

The museum is a dedicated to the history of the East London in the 1880s, providing a serious examination of the crimes of Jack the Ripper within the social context of the period.  For the first time it tells the story of the man known as ‘Jack the Ripper’ from the perspective of six of the women who were his victims.



Not technically museums per se, but two very interesting conferences being held 3-4 May 2017 in Olympia, London:

Forensics Europe Expo

Includes seminars on advancements in digital forensics, fingerprinting techniques, gun shot residue, virtual dissection and tons more.

Security & Counter Terror Expo

Includes conference and workshop sessions covering cyber threat intelligence, latest policing products and strategies, the role of drones and more.


Over to you

Are there some others I can add to this list? Have you been to any of these, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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