(St. Paul) – Footprints, splatter patterns and magnifying glasses: Journey into the mind of the world’s most iconic detective and be transported to Sherlock Holmes’ London from the more convenient locale of St. Paul. The highly anticipated and visually stunning Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition opens Oct. 20 and runs through April 2, 2023, at the Minnesota History Center.
Visitors will unlock the storied sleuth’s revolutionary investigative secrets through the interactive exhibit that combines history, science and culture to reveal the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories. Just as historians study history, visitors will follow clues, examine evidence and use powers of observation, but this time to solve a mystery in Sherlock’s world filled with innovation and experimentation.
“I can’t think of a more fun or engaging way to learn about the historical process,” said Kent Whitworth, director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society. “Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition goes straight to the core of our new strategic plan. This highly creative and interactive exhibit combines mystery with history to teach critical thinking so that visitors understand not just facts, but how to participate in a process that’s very similar to the study of history—with the mind of a forensic scientist and the gusto of a super sleuth.”
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Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition features original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes plus interactive crime-solving opportunities. Some of these artifacts are on loan from the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library. The Collections are the world’s largest gathering of material related to Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with more than 60,000 items including books and journals that transformed the Sherlock Holmes character to a cultural icon.
Throughout the exhibit, visitors will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques–created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle–changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today. Modern day leading Forensic Scientists from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) contributed to the making of this renowned exhibit. Visitors will see interviews with some of the BCA experts.
The exhibition is brought to the Minnesota History Center as the result of a partnership between St. Paul-based Exhibits Development Group (EDG); Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates; Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.; and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
“Bringing this exhibition to our home city and state where it was designed and developed is thrilling,” says Amy Noble Seitz, CEO, founder and executive producer of Exhibits Development Group. “Museum visitors will experience the scientific and literary ideas that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes, alongside Holmes’ methods for investigating and solving crimes as the world’s first consulting detective. They will visit their two worlds, including the very rooms in which all this took place.”
Location and Admission
Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Admission to Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition is included with regular History Center admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17; free age 4 and under and MNHS members. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, visit www.minnesotahistorycenter.org, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.
Exhibit and Program Support: The exhibition is brought to the Minnesota History Center by the Minnesota Historical Society as the result of a unique partnership between Exhibits Development Group (EDG); Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates; Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.; and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition is also funded in part by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008, through appropriations made by their legislature and Governor.
About Exhibits Development Group (EDG)
EDG is dedicated to the development, production, marketing, and distribution of traveling museum exhibitions and cultural projects. EDG also serves as a partner to other exhibition organizers, museums, foundations, and collection owners in the U.S. and abroad, in the care and stewardship of their exhibitions and collections. EDG’s mission is to initiate and promote international cultural and intellectual exchange by bringing high-quality traveling exhibitions of art, science, and history to broad and diverse audiences. For more information, please visit www.exhibitsdevelopment.com
About Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates, LLC (GMCA)
GMCA is an innovative consulting company dedicated to supporting the development and execution of new and vibrant educational, hands-on, minds-on experiences for museums. GMCA’s goal is to integrate new, cutting-edge technologies, environmental design and emotional storytelling with tantalizing visual, audio and tactile experiences making exhibitions personal, artistic, fun, educational, and memorable. For more information, please visit www.gmcurley.com
About Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.
Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. is sole owner of the Sherlock Holmes and other Conan Doyle rights in the United States of America. Owned by members of the Conan Doyle family, and successor to the Estate of Dame Jean Conan Doyle (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s daughter who died in 1997), it manages the copyrights and trademarks in Sir Arthur’s works and characters.For more information, please visit www.conandoyleestate.co.uk
About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located in Portland, Ore. For general information visit www.omsi.edu.
About Museum of London
Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 600,000 visitors per year. It also holds the largest archaeological archive in the world. The Museum’s collections of photographs, paintings and objects relating to 19th century London are particularly rich, supporting a deep understanding of the city during this extraordinary period in its history. They are cared for by a team led by Alex Werner, the Museum’s Head of History Collections and an expert on 19th century London history and on Sherlock Holmes. More information is available from www.museumoflondon.org.uk
About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at www.mnhs.org