The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is hosting an exhibition that has geeks snapping up tickets. Why one might ask? Well, the answer is elementary of course. “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes” is in town starting Oct 23, 2015. This is no ordinary museum exhibit. The sheer feel of this beautifully constructed adventure allows the visitor to step back in time to old Victorian London. Just to get the things started, one will see a backdrop for Arthur Conan Doyle and the time period. It brilliantly sets the stage for the time period telling stories such as Jack the Ripper, and people who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle such as Edgar Allan Poe and Dr. Joseph Bell. It was Bell who stated that “You see things but you don’t observe.” According to him it was science and once it’s solved it will seem easy enough. The Sherlock mastermind was actually a doctor before he thankfully became an author. After learning this one is just getting started.
Suddenly in the background there are sounds of a train passing which creates an unsettling mood. While one gazes upon old London’s crime scene investigation tools such as an interactive showcase allowing the testing of the trajectory of a bullet, the importance of photography, botany, and the newspapers. It is at this point where one meets a troubled young woman who has heard gossip of a murder. Lucky Denver geeks are the only explorers to have the bonus of actors joining in. After picking up ones detective’s notebook, it is time to enter the London Underground. Yes, visitors will all have the opportunity to assist Sherlock Holmes in solving a crime scene. Inspector Lestrade will provide an outline of the case to be solved.
Then you see the “Baker Street” sign and the excitement really begins when you will leave the real world behind and enter a portal in to Sherlock Holmes’ flat. Down to every exquisite detail the displays immerse the visitor in the world of Sherlock Holmes. Evidence and pieces of props and artifacts to bring his flat accurately to life. Used tea cups, his Persian slipper in which he keeps his tobacco, and, of course, his violin. There are even bullet holes in the wall ironically just above where he keeps some cocaine. Although it is meticulously accurate, the game is afoot and it is now time to get to work. The visitor is the detective and at each station one will observe, test, and put together those all important clues.
Denver Geeks young and old, this is your treasure trove. Just in from Dallas this exhibit will be here only until Jan 31, 2016, and then if will be off to Seattle. This exhibition is surcharged and requires a timed ticket. Non-member adult tickets are $23.95, and children are $17.95. As it is always a wonderful investment, members will enjoy a nice discount. Visit the DMNS website for more details.