Test Your Detective Skills at the Minnesota History Center This Holiday Season

For immediate release

Release dated: 
December 26, 2022
Media contacts: 

Allison Ortiz, 651-259-3051, allison.ortiz@mnhs.org
Jack Bernstein, jack.bernstein@mnhs.org

Test Your Detective Skills at the Minnesota History Center This Holiday Season

Extended hours and special activities for family fun over winter break

ST. PAUL, Minn (December 26, 2022) –  The Minnesota History Center is offering a unique lineup of activities for families looking to escape the cold and create new memories over winter break. Visitors will enjoy extended hours through New Year's Day to experience the world-class exhibit, Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition, and also learn about cryptography and participate in interactive activities including crafts and games.

WHERE: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
WHEN: Dec. 26, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023
Visit our website for additional information about our extended holiday hours, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
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.

Offering a unique combination of mystery and history, Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition provides an interactive opportunity for visitors to help solve a mystery; teaching them how to examine key pieces of evidence by practicing critical thinking skills and studying clues. Through every stage of the exhibit, visitors will learn how fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, brought to life by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was able to piece together clues on his way to cracking some of his era’s greatest mysteries. Visitors will get a firsthand look at how the crafty detective work of Holmes revolutionized the way police work was practiced.

Historians and detectives have more in common than initially meets the eye. From digging into evidence such as interviews, written records, objects and artifacts, historians and detectives alike use their unique skill sets to sift through clues and uncover information that leads to new understandings. 

Many local organizations, including the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Geoffrey M. Curley, and Exhibits Development Group (EDG), provided contributions that made the exhibit possible.  

There’s so much to learn and explore at Minnesota Historical Society sites across the great state of Minnesota this holiday season and into the new year. Exciting events are being added regularly, so be sure to check out www.mnhs.org/calendar for updates.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit 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 book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.