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The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is coming to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in just 125 days.

A collaborative effort between Conan Doyle Estate Ltd., Exhibits Development Group (EDG), Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates (GMCA), and OMSI, this unique and interactive experience showcases areas of forensic science that enabled Sherlock Holmes to solve crimes, as well as the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories.

In an effort to give visitors a sense of the world of Sherlock Holmes, how he used forensic science to help solve crimes, and the influence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's life, the exhibition will feature the following displays:
  • 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 there, and finally as a creator of literary genius while practicing medicine in Southsea, Portsmouth, in the 1880s, and London in the early 1890s. On display will be an original manuscript, letters, and illustrations through which guests will gain 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 yet embraced. Guests will participate in experiments of their own by exploring the developments in science and technology in the 1890s, developments still very 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 and the world of 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. Of it, poet Vincent Starrett said: “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 – Guests will replace the museum map with 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 historian, 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 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 broadcasts, movie clips, and television shows. Featured are costumes worn by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Warner Bros.’ current Sherlock Holmes movies set in the Victorian era, alongside costumes and props from the CBS hit television show Elementary, setting Sherlock Holmes in present day. The exhibition will offer museum guests the most comprehensive display anywhere of Sherlock Holmes in the popular imagination over the 126 years since his creation. The conclusion of the exhibition celebrates today’s real forensic scientists and their exceptional work.

The work on the exhibit is about half completed, and we're pleased to have some images from the construction.

The Exhibition will open on October 11, 2013 at the OSMI, before embarking on a ten city tour throughout North America and then internationally. More information available at www.sherlockholmesexhibition.com.


We had an opportunity to chat with Geoffrey Curley and Amy Noble Seitz about the development of the Exhibition in Episode 158: