Museum by Candlelight

Museum by Candlelight

This is to get an effect of various lights — firelight, candlelight, moonlight, and what not — which I think decidedly improves the scene. (Charles Dickens, 1869)

Rooms evocatively lit with an array of candles will transport guests back into the Victorian era at our exclusive evening openings. You are now able to experience Dickens’s beautifully restored former home just as the author would have seen it. Flickering lights illuminate the elegance of the beautifully furnished interiors, the desk where Dickens penned his works and the shadowy chambers of the Victorian basement.

Dickens often wrote into the night by candlelight and was fascinated by the effects created by flames. Guests will now be able to surround themselves in what the Victorian writer called ‘a ruddy, homely… glow’ and experience just what it was like to be in a Victorian home after sunset.




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Please note: Candlelit evenings are designed to be immersive experiences with very low level lighting. There are no ‘guided tours’ given on these evenings as we want visitors to surround themselves with the sounds and scents of the house.  If you prefer a fully guided tour, we offer monthly guided Costumed tours or Private Evening Views, which you may find better suited to your needs.

To book your place please click here


Alternatively you can email or telephone 020 7405 2127


Candlelit evenings take place whilst the building is closed to the general public. Due to their exclusive nature, capacity for each timed entry is limited. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 25th November

Timed entry from 18:40


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