Sherlock Holmes: BY LYNN HOOPER
I know so many of my friends love going to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The science exhibit changes every few weeks which keeps things new and interesting. I was one of a few people who were given an opportunity to go to a preview of the current exhibit “The International Exhibit of SHERLOCK HOLMES”. This exhibit is open to the public now (from October 15, 2016) until January 8, 2017.
The designer of the exhibit, Geoffrey Curley, was there on the day of the preview and I had a small chat with him. I commented on the attention to detail, he pointed out they even let some of the lights in one room not work on purpose, the 1880’s London was switching from gas to electricity, but I digress…
This post is sort of awkward to write because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. So I’m going to try be suitably vague:
From my understanding the exhibit was divided into 4 sections. The first was all about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; the time he lived in and the experiences he made. It shows how forensic science was cutting edge back then and how it helped police solve crimes. Then in the second part we get to look around a “train station”, more information about clue gathering. In the third section, I would call this one my favourite, we get to look into a room belonging to Sherlock Holmes! It’s as though we step into Conan Doyle’s mind – this is where all the details are. And then! A crime has been committed!! You’ve got to help solve it! Look for clues! Make deductions! I say no more about that, go and check it out! J
In the fourth section there is some awesome memorabilia from the various films, plays, stories and other paraphernalia gathered from the culture that is Sherlock Holmes, including a car!
When we entered the exhibit we received an observations notebook, this is something older kids can do, and younger ones with parents help. In this notebook you collect clues and stamps from places you’ve been. Somethings are little tricky to do, the rubbings for example, that’s why I suggest an adult’s help. It is not something anyone has to do, of course, it just makes the experience more fun. And you need the notebook to help solve the aforementioned crime!
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