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Overview of the Sherlock Holmes Exhibit

Sherlock Holmes Exhibit

Footprints, spatter patterns, and the powers of observation mark the journey through The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. The interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories.

Visitors will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues missed by others to solve some of his era’s most puzzling mysteries. His practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle, encouraged a change in the way police work was conducted.Many remain in practice today, more than a century later.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes features original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes, and interactive crime-solving opportunities. Students will be transported into Sherlock Holmes’ London to solve a crime in a quickly advancing world filled with innovation and experimentation – primed for his ground-breaking methods.

Visitors will learn about Sherlock Holmes’ methods, explore the world from which Conan Doyle drew to develop his stories, and gain an understanding of the core principles of forensic science. As visitors venture forth on a journey through Sherlock Holmes’ London, they will ultimately find themselves immersed in modern-day Sherlockian pop culture and the science used by today’s real detectives.

Visitors will be guided through five separate galleries in the exhibition:Sherlock Holmes Exhibit OverviewSherlock Holmes Exhibit

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes was developed by Exhibits Development Group and Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates in collaboration with the Conan Doyle Estate Limited, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and the Museum of London.