"This is Orson Welles speaking from London. Here in a grim stone structure on the
Thames which houses Scotland Yard. There is a warehouse of homicide, a very strange room where everyday
objects- a woman's shoe, a tiny white box, a quilted robe- all are touched by murder."
The Black Museum was a "Towers of London" production broadcast over Radio Luxembourg in 1951. It was
syndicated for broadcast in the States in 1952. Hosted by Orson Welles, we are given a tour of Scotland Yard's
"Museum of Murder". The show was a reenactment of a homicide in which each item was a key piece of evidence,
as enacted mainly from the inspector in the case. The episodes describe how they arrived at clues, the step by step
gathering of evidence, the unglamorous waiting and watching, until the police finally zero in on the culprit
There is a real "Black Museum" but it is called "The Crime Museum".
The Crime Museum is a Private Museum - it is not open to the general public. It is open
to police officers by prior appointment.
The Crime Museum at Scotland Yard is the oldest museum in the world put together
purely for recording crime.