There’s nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact — it may be “elementary” for Sherlock Holmes, but how will you fare when you try to solve a captivating, original murder mystery in the tradition of the master detective?

More than a century ago, in 1886, a struggling young doctor named Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a story about a brilliant and enigmatic detective. The 26-year-old author would probably have been amazed to know that Sherlock Holmes would become one of the most inspiring and influential characters of all time.

The legendary sleuth of Baker Street, a chemistry and forensics expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of evidence that others missed to solve the most baffling mysteries imaginable. His practices and techniques changed the way police work was conducted in the real world, lighting the way to the modern forensics of today.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes brought this world to life as never before as you step into Conan Doyle’s Victorian London and work side-by-side with his legendary detective. Guests became Holmes’ eyes and ears as he tackled a baffling new case in a world steeped in innovation and experimentation. Along the way they saw a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props and costumes. Guests learned to use investigative tools and techniques from Holmes himself, and test themselves with exciting, interactive crime-solving opportunities.

Hurry along! The game’s afoot!

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Exhibition Highlights

The galleries in the Sherlock Holmes exhibition included:

  • 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 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 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 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 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. 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 – Guests will draw upon their book of clues while hot on the trail to solve a remarkable “whodunit”. 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 (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 robust collection of all things “Sherlockian,” including 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 exhibition will offer Museum guests the most comprehensive display anywhere of Sherlock Holmes as portrayed in popular imagination over the last 128 years since his creation.