It’s doubtful that Arthur Conan Doyle could have conceived the impact his stories about Sherlock Holmes would have on the literary canon.
After all, he was a young doctor who just started to write stories and his first novels while waiting for patients to show up at his practice in Southsea, a seaside resort located in Portsmouth in England’s county of Hampshire.
Doyle was just 26 years old, a new physician and this practice was not doing well. Patients may not have flocked to him, but in 1886, he began an enterprise that would live forever, creating one of the influential characters of all time.
Sherlock Holmes’ adventures continue to thrive in his own stories, that are still popular, and his deduction skills have inspired countless writers and screenwriters. The Mentalist, Monk, Psyche are just a few TV series that have their foundations in Sherlock Holmes.
Our fascination with Sherlock Holmes never ends.
And Holmes is now the subject of an exhibit that will be making the rounds of several American museums and
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes allows visitors to step into Conan Doyle’s Victorian London and work side-by-side with his legendary detective.
Visitors become Holmes in tackling new cases. The exhibit also includes original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props and costumes. Visitors can learn who to investigative tools and techniques and engage in interactive crime-solving cases.
The exhibit mixes both fun and real science, a friend who went told me.
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes can be seen through Sept. 1 at the Center of Science and Industry, often called COSI, in Columbus, Ohio.
Here are the opening dates of the other places the exhibit has been scheduled to visit. Others may be added at a later date.
Oct. 9, 2014: St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Mo.
Feb. 12, 2015: Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Dallas, Texas.
June 11, 2015: Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, Calif.
Oct. 15, 2015: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, Colo.
Oct. 13, 2016: Pacific Science Center, Seattle, Wash.
Photos courtesy The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes; photos by Robb McCormick