South Carolina State Museum visitors will soon have the opportunity to observe foot prints, splatter patterns and scenes of 1890s London while journeying through The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. It will combine science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vibrant stories.
Guests will learn how scientific expert Sherlock Holmes 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 Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today.
The exhibit will feature original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes, and interactive crime-solving opportunities.
“We are excited to bring this state-of-the-art, blockbuster exhibit to South Carolina for the first time, said Willie Calloway, State Museum executive director. “It will surely captivate guests of all ages as they get to be apart of the exhibit, helping solve the mystery within.”
Exhibition guests will learn about the practice of Holmes, the world in which Doyle drew from to develop his stories, and the history of forensic science. The galleries in the exhibition include:
Become a Detective – Guests will exchange the museum map for a book full of clues while hot on a trail to solve a remarkable murder. Using their own powers of observation, guests can crack a new Sherlock Holmes mystery written exclusively for this exhibition by Daniel Stashower, the acclaimed writer and award-winning Conan Doyle biographer.
Dr. Conan Doyle’s Study – Conan Doyle, a scientifically educated physician, was a curious and tireless investigator his entire life. Guests 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.
Science and History – Sherlock Holmes solved mysteries using observation and solid scientific experimentation, something real-world detectives (police or private) had not fully embraced. Guests will participate in experiments of their own by exploring the developments in science and technology in the 1890s -developments that are still relevant today.
Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street – Guests will 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.
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. The conclusion of the exhibition celebrates today’s real forensic scientists and their exceptional work.
The Sherlock Exhibition will begin Saturday, Jan. 18. Tickets are $17.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors (62+) and $13.95 for children (3-12). All tickets include museum general admission. Babies 2 and under are free.
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