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It’s Elementary: Sherlock Holmes comes to Minnesota

Sherlock Holmes

It’s elementary, our dear readers.

Mystery Meets History at Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition Opening Oct. 20 at the Minnesota History Center!

WHERE: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul
WHEN: Oct. 20, 2022-April 2, 2023.  HOURS: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays.
COST: Included with regular History Center admission. $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17; free ages 4 and under and MNHS members.

photo courtesy Minnesota Historical Society // used with permission

There is certainly no shortage of things to do this fall, and now we can add MYSTERY to the mix! Footprints, splatter patterns, and magnifying glasses are only a part of what you’ll encounter when you journey into the mind of the world’s most iconic detective. Be transported to Sherlock Holmes’ London from the more convenient locale of St. Paul. This highly anticipated exhibition features original manuscripts, artifacts, and investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes.  Plus, experience interactive crime-solving opportunities!

photo courtesy Minnesota Historical Society // used with permission

Some of the exhibition artifacts are on loan from the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library. The Collections are the world’s largest gathering of material related to Sherlock Holmes and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Collections are home to more than 60,000 items including books and journals that transformed the Sherlock Holmes character into a cultural icon.

photo courtesy Minnesota Historical Society // used with permission

Throughout the exhibit, visitors will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques–created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle–changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today. Modern-day leading Forensic Scientists from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) contributed to the making of this renowned exhibit. Visitors will see interviews with some of the BCA experts.

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