The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

MAAS Sherlock HolmesFancy yourself a daring detective or super sleuth? Prepare to have your skills put to the test as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) presents The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. This adventure into forensic crime, conundrums and the positively puzzling premieres exclusively at the Powerhouse Museum on Thursday 1 June 2017.

In its first tour outside North America, exhibition visitors will be transported back to Sherlock Holmes’ Victorian London to help solve a captivating mystery and will have the chance to crack the case by conducting their own experiments.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to glimpse into the genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind one of the most famous detectives in the known world. Featuring over 350 objects, see original manuscripts and first editions, visit one of the world’s most accurate recreations of 221B Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson.

Immerse yourself in the most comprehensive display of Sherlock pop culture items since his creation 127 years ago, including costumes, props and behind the scenes equipment from the hit CBS television show Elementary and the BBC’s Sherlock, as well as Warner Bros.’ recent Sherlock Holmes movies.

“This exhibition proves Sherlock Holmes has been one of history’s most enduring characters for good reason,” says said MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees. “This is the first opportunity for Australian visitors to immerse themselves into the world of forensic science, step into Sherlock’s shoes to solve a crime and enjoy an up close look at the many iterations of Sherlock in popular culture over decades of interpretations.”

The exhibition is brought to the Powerhouse Museum through a unique arts partnership between Exhibits Development Group (EDG); Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates; Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.; and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This is the first time a Conan Doyle family member has been involved in a Sherlock Holmes exhibition.

“Sherlock Holmes is the most influential character in fiction, encouraging entire generations to demand truth through the use of science,” said exhibition creator Geoffrey M. Curley. “These influences have brought many young inquisitive minds into the field of forensic science and many more into all sciences, searching for clarity in our often foggy world.”

So if you’re a budding biologist, a physics fanatic or crazy for chemistry, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Powerhouse Museum will have all the dastardly deeds and shady characters you can poke a magnifying glass at.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo (Sydney)
Exhibition: 2 June – 8 October 2017
Admission fees apply

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Image: One of the many props on display in The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes (supplied)