Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition

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Mystery Meets History at Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition Opening Oct. 20 at the Minnesota History Center

For immediate release

Release dated: 
September 15, 2022
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, Minnesota Historical Society, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org
Brian Juntti, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3438, brian.juntti@mnhs.org
Jessica Grandbois, Exhibits Development Group, LLC, 651-222-1121, jessica@exhibitsdevelopmentgroup.com

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URLs: exhibit, https://www.mnhs.org/sherlockexhibit; media kit with images www.mnhs.org/sherlockmedia

WHERE: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
WHEN: Oct. 20, 2022-April 2, 2023.  HOURS: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sundays.
COST: Included with regular History Center admission. $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17; free ages 4 and under and MNHS members.

Mystery Meets History at Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition Opening Oct. 20 at the Minnesota History Center

It’s Elementary: Sherlock Holmes Exhibition is a Must See!

(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.”

221B Baker Street, Right Here in Minnesota!
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

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IMAGES Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 26, 2022
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, Minnesota Historical Society, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org
Brian Juntti, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3438, brian.juntti@mnhs.org
Jessica Grandbois, Exhibits Development Group, LLC, 651-222-1121, jessica@exhibitsdevelopmentgroup.com

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These images may be used for editorial purposes in magazines, newspapers and online to promote Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition opening Oct. 20, 2022 at the Minnesota History Center.

IMAGES Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition

Just the “Facts” Sheet: Exhibition Galleries

Just the “Facts” Sheet: Exhibition Galleries

The game is afoot, but all is not what it seems! Step into Victorian London and test your investigative powers working alongside the world’s most famous detective. Exhibit visitors will learn about the practices of Sherlock Holmes, the world in which Conan Doyle drew to develop his stories, and the history of forensic science. Exhibition galleries include:

  • Dr. Conan Doyle’s Study – Conan Doyle, a scientifically educated physician, was a curious and tireless investigator his entire life. Visitors will discover his world first 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. On display will be an original manuscript, letters, and illustrations through which guests will gain historical perspective on the experiences that influenced Conan Doyle in creating Sherlock Holmes.
  • Science and History – Sherlock Holmes solved mysteries using observation and solid scientific experimentation, something real-world detectives (police or private) had not fully embraced. Visitors will participate in experiments of their own by exploring the developments in science and technology in the 1890s – developments that are still highly relevant today. 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, historical context and the world of today.
  • Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street – Visit Sherlock Holmes’ and Dr. Watson’s sitting room at 221B Baker Street, London, where their investigations began and concluded – a room looming large in popular imagination around the globe ever since the first Sherlock Holmes tale, A Study in Scarlet, in 1887. Poet Vincent Starrett said of the famed room: “Here dwell together still two men of note / Who never lived and so can never die . . . Here, though the world explode, these two survive / And it is always eighteen ninety-five.”
  • Become a Detective – While hot on a trail to solve a remarkable mystery, visitors will step into the story as they examine a full book of clues. Using their own powers of observation and analysis of evidence, visitors can crack a new Sherlock Holmes mystery 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 – Pop culture enthusiasts will enjoy the exhibition’s final gallery, housing a robust collection of all things “Sherlockian,” ranging from vintage Sherlock Holmes-themed card games, comics, and magazines, to radio scripts, and movie and television show props and costumes. 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. It is the most comprehensive display anywhere of Sherlock Holmes as portrayed in popular imagination over the last 126 years since his creation. The exhibition concludes by celebrating today’s real forensic scientists and their exceptional work.

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Editor’s Note: For interviews, images or b-roll contact

Suzanne Herrick, Minnesota Historical Society, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org
Brian Juntti, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3438, brian.juntti@mnhs.org
Jessica Grandbois, Exhibits Development Group, LLC, 651-222-1121, jessica@exhibitsdevelopmentgroup.com

Programs & Events at the Minnesota History Center

Programs & Events at the Minnesota History Center

Grab that magnifying glass, houndstooth hat and join the Minnesota Historical Society for fun, engaging programs and events celebrating Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition. All programs and events are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. More programs are in the works! Visit www.mnhs.org/calendar for updates.

October 20–23, 11 am–3 pm. Opening Weekend. Be the First to Crack the Code.
Examine the evidence for yourself! Bring your family and friends to see Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition. Hone your investigative skills with activities designed to test your powers of observation.

October 22, 9:30 pm–2 pm. The Norwegian Explorers Present The Timeless Sherlock Holmes Mini-Conference
Join the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota–the local scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars–and the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota, for a mini-conference celebrating the opening of Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition.

Four sessions throughout the day will bring local and national speakers to the Minnesota History Center to explore the exhibit’s creation and Sherlock Holmes’ surprising connections to Minnesota.

  • 9:30–10:30 am: A Study in Splatter: Behind the Scenes of the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Stashower.
  • 10:30–11:30 am: Dr. Philip S. Hench at Mayo Clinic and in the Company of Mr. Sherlock Holmes with Matthew Dacy of the Mayo Clinic and Timothy Johnson, curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota.
  • 12–1 pm: Forensic Science and Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition with local forensics consultants Steven Swenson and Sarah Walbridge-Jones.
  • 1–2 pm: Sherlock Holmes on Stage and Screen with playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Museum admission is extra.

November 3, 7–8:30 pm. On Facebook and in-person. Sherlock Talk: Sherlock Fandom Through the Ages
Join Professor Ann McClellan to learn more about the incredible breadth and longevity of Sherlock Holmes’ popularity, including Holme's seemingly endless capacity for adaptation in popular culture. Discover why Holmes’ continues to strike a chord in our psyche. Free. Museum admission is extra.

November 4, 12–2 pm. On Facebook. Mysteries in the Lab
From the comfort of your sofa or desk, dive into the science and technology of forensics and conservation on the Minnesota Historical Society’s Facebook page. Conservators will demonstrate and make comparisons between forensics and conservation science, showcasing treatments done on paper, with 3D objects, and textiles in the Society’s collection. Bring your questions during the lunch hour from 12–1 pm when the conservators will host a live streamed Q & A. Free.

November 25–27, 11 am–3 pm. Thanksgiving Break Activities
There’s almost no better way to start the holiday season than by bringing your family and friends to see Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition. From history to forensics and popular culture, learn more about the expansive world of Sherlock-inspired books, games and movies. Enjoy a showing of The Great Mouse Detective, create your own mad-libs style mystery book cover, and explore the wider Sherlock universe.

December 26–January 1, 11 am–3 pm. Winter Break Activities
Can you crack the code? Bring your detective mind, friends and family to see Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition while the snow is flying and the indoors seem more appealing than the outdoors. Learn about cryptography through hands-on activities and create your own morse code bracelet.

January 19, 7–8:30 pm. Sherlock Talk: How Sherlock Pulled the Trick
Author Brian McCuskey explores the mind of Sherlock Holmes in his new book, How Sherlock Pulled the Trick: Spiritualism and the Pseudoscientific Method. Get a different perspective on the history of Sherlock and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a way that’s relevant to contemporary concerns about misinformation, conspiracy theory, confirmation bias and anti-science. Free. Museum admission is extra.

January 28, 10 am–1 pm. The Personal Detective Workshop Series: Genealogy with Mica Lee Anders
Be your own detective in genealogy history. This focused workshop will show participants how to use directories, newspapers, death and marriage records and more to solve genealogy puzzles. Pre-registration required, visit www.mnhs.org/calendar $25/$20 members

February 9, 7–8 pm. Virtual event. Sherlock Talk: THE SUBJECT IS MURDER: Crimes of the Gaslight Era
Author E.J. Wagner will explore a selection of Victorian true crimes, investigated by early methods, including Conan Doyle’s involvement in cases.
Join at www.facebook.com/minnesotahistoricalsociety

February 25 , 10 am–1 pm. The Personal Detective Workshop Series: Building History with Jackie Becky
Who lived there? What happened in that building? Satisfy your curiosity by discovering tips and tricks for researching your house history or favorite building. Pre-registration required, $25/$20 members.

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Editor’s Note: For interviews, images or b-roll contact

Suzanne Herrick, Minnesota Historical Society, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org
Brian Juntti, Minnesota Historical Society, 651-259-3438, brian.juntti@mnhs.org
Jessica Grandbois, Exhibits Development Group, LLC, 651-222-1121, jessica@exhibitsdevelopmentgroup.com

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