Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? Does your family love a good crime mystery as much as mine? Some of our favorite television series are Bones, and Criminal Minds. This exhibit was right up our alley. Would you like to test your super sleuth skills? If so, you are going to be fascinated with the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at theMy daughter and I visited for the recent opening. It was absolutely impressive! The exhibit takes many twists and turns. It is a great interactive adventure for the whole family. Be prepared to spend a good hour or so in the exhibit during your “Path on Baker Street”.
As you enter the grand doors and are instantly transformed into the 1800’s. A well dressed Englishman will provide you with a notebook in which to gather your clues in. Grab a notebook for everyone in the family. Each of you may have a different version of what you are seeing. Follow the notebook as it guides you on your path. It is easy to stamp or punch the wrong page of your notebook as I did, so be sure you are on the correct page when you visit each section.
Thankfully my daughter stayed on course with hers which proved to be helpful. The first stop is chalked full of memorabilia and era history. The displays are mesmerizing and full of odd items. We were able to get some great photos. Be sure to turn off your flash, you may take photos but no flash inside the exhibit. The history is in depth with lots to read. Since reading wasn’t high on our priority that day, we decided to skip past the history section. Just a few minutes into the next segment we realized that we may need some of that history in order to be successful in solving the crime at hand. Do, Over! The history was actually interesting. We saw several family taking turns reading the history facts to each other. After getting our history lesson, the challenge was on.
We were eager to see if we could solve the mystery. Each sector of the exhibits lends useful facts and details to help you in your attempt to solve the crime. We quickly found which one of you us had the keener eye during visit to several of the rooms of 221B Baker Street. Be prepared to test your skills of deduction and reasoning using several contraptions that were used back in the 1800’s.
One of the most interesting parts of the exhibit is the trajectory machine. Be sure to check it out. It was a real hit with the children, especially with the young boys.
My daughter and I gathered all of the clues that we found, toyed with all the interesting techniques used during the time, discussed possible scenarios of how and why the murder happened and made our conclusion. HA! We weren’t even close. Our thought process was completely wrong, but we had such a great time trying to solve the mystery. Take your little detectives on this fabulous journey. You will be glad you did!
Some highlights of the exhibit include:
- Dr. Conan Doyle’s Study – Discover more about the author, Conan Doyle, a physician where visitors will discover his world as a medical student at Edinburgh University, then as an apprentice at Royal Surgeons’ Hall, next as a practicing physician in Southsea, Portsmouth, and finally as a creator of literary genius who moved to London in the early 1890s and became a full-time author. See the original manuscript as well as letters and illustrations.
- Science and History – Visitors will participate in experiments using science and technology of the 1890’s. Supported by forensics expert and crime historian E. J. Wagner, author of The Science of Sherlock Holmes, the exhibition digs into real forensic studies in order to demonstrate the link between the Sherlock Holmes stories, detective science and the world of today.
- Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street – Guests will visit Sherlock Holmes’ and Dr. Watson’s sitting room at 221B Baker Street, London.
- Become a Detective – with your own book of clues, visitors will solve a real crime using many of the techniques learned in the exhibit. A new Sherlock Holmes mystery was written exclusively for this exhibition by Daniel Stashower, the acclaimed writer and award-winning Conan Doyle biographer (author of Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle and co-editor of Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters) and the author of new Sherlock Holmes stories as well.
- Culture of Sherlock – Sherlock Holmes lovers will love the collection of memorabilia. Featured are hero props from the Warner Bros.’ current Sherlock Holmes movies set in the Victorian era, alongside costumes, props and behind the scenes tools from the hit CBS television shows Elementary and the BBC’s Sherlock, both of which set Sherlock Holmes in the present day. The exhibition will offer Museum guests the most comprehensive display anywhere of Sherlock Holmes as portrayed in popular imagination over the last 128 years since his creation.
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and even includes a specially-designed “junior detective’s notebook” for younger guests.
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Exhibit is an additional admission from the museum admission
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