The Perot Museum has done it again with a fun and interactive exhibit, available to enjoy for a limited time. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, the newest mystery-solving adventure at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, transports you to 19th century Victorian London. You get to become a detective and use clues to solve a baffling crime!
We were invited to a media preview of this unique exhibit, and my children weren’t really sure what to expect. They aren’t really familiar with Sherlock Holmes, so I had to get them up to speed.
My older kids were certainly excited to become detectives, and their interactive detective notebook kept them engaged throughout the whole thing. You see, throughout the whole exhibit, there are little boxes that will stamp, emboss, or hole punch the notebook in a specific order and a specific way to help collect clues for solving the mystery.
They also have a junior detective notebook for younger kids (about ages 3-7 years), but my younger kids wanted to be like their older siblings, so we all ended up using the regular notebooks together instead. The junior detective notebook was based more on pictures and didn’t use the same interactive boxes that stamped, embossed, and hole punched, so I would recommend choosing which type of notebook your family wants to use and everyone doing the same type. This will end up being a lot less work for you and a lot less frustrating for the kiddos.
It took us about an hour to get through the exhibit, but it could have taken us a LOT longer if we had really slowed down to read everything. There was SO much to read and experience. There were many hands-on stations where we got to actually test out different scenarios with different machines, and so many different opportunities to use our problem-solving abilities.
If you have a Sherlock Holmes buff in your family, you have got to check out this exhibit while it is at the Perot Museum! In my opinion, kids from about ages 5 and up will love it, and adults will enjoy it immensely as well. I love all of the hard work they put into creating the displays and can’t wait to go back next week to see it all again.
The galleries in the Sherlock Holmes exhibition include:
· 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 made 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 Victorian-era props from the Warner Bros.’ current Sherlock Holmes movies, alongside costumes, props and behind-the-scenes tools from the hit television shows Elementary (CBS) and Sherlock (BBC), both of which are set 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.
TIMING AND ADMISSION. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is open to the general public from February 14 – May 10, 2015.
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes requires a surcharge along with purchase of general exhibits admission for a total admission cost of $29 for adults (18-64), $23 for seniors (65+) and $21 for youth (2-17). Member tickets are $8 for adults (18-64), $7 for seniors (65+) and $6 for youth (2-17). General admission to the Museum and entry into the exhibition is free for children under 2.
Visitors, including members, are encouraged to purchase/reserve tickets in advance at perotmuseum.org to avoid waiting in line.
HOURS. During the school year, the general hours of operation for the Perot Museum and The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. On the first Thursday of each month, the Museum and this traveling exhibition will stay open until 9 p.m. for the First Thursday Late Night public events.
Member-only extended hours. From 8:30-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m.-noon every Sunday, members can enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum and The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.
Want to win tickets?
I have a family 4 pack of tickets good for free general admission to the Perot Museum AND admission to the Sherlock Holmes exhibit! Tickets must be used by March 28, 2015.
Want to win? Just comment and let me know why you’d like to go! That’s it. 🙂 Giveaway ends 2/26 at 11:59PM.