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Farmington Museum opens Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition

Discover the science and history behind the famous detective
Sherlock Holmes’ practices and techniques are still used today, as shown in the Farmington Museum’s interactive exhibit Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition. (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences)

Farmington Museum’s Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition, opened June 28, offering an immersive journey through the world of the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

The exhibition also explores the science, history and culture of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work that Sherlock Holmes used to solve his era’s mysterious crimes.

The exhibition showcases original manuscripts, artifacts, and interactive experiences, through five varying galleries, allowing guests to learn about groundbreaking methods that still influence modern police work.

According to a news release, the exhibition is supported by the partnerships of Exhibits Development Group, Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates, Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Exhibits Development Group works to develop production, marketing and distribution of traveling museum exhibitions. Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates supports the development and execution of new educational hands-on and minds-on experiences for museums.

Guests will be transported into Sherlock Holmes’ London to solve crime in Farmington Museum’s interactive exhibit Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition. (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences)

Guests can explore the gallery, Dr. Conan Doyle’s Study, first as a medical student at Edinburgh University then as an apprentice at Royal Surgeons’ Hall. Next, they will observe as a practicing physician in Southsea, Portsmouth, and finally as a creator of literary genius who moved to London in the early 1890s and became a full-time author. This gallery will have original manuscript, letters and illustrations.

The Science and History gallery offers experiments for guests to participate in by exploring 1890s developments in science and technology. Forensics expert and crime historian E.J. Wagner, author of “The Science of Sherlock Holmes,” will demonstrate the relation between real forensic studies and Sherlock Holmes stories and detective science.

Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition will feature investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes. (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences)

The Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street gallery explores Sherlock Holmes’ and Dr. Watson’s sitting room at 221B Baker Street, London, where their investigations began.

Guests will have an opportunity to become a detective and solve a Sherlock Holmes mystery written exclusively for the exhibition by Daniel Stashower, acclaimed writer and award-winning Conan Doyle biographer.

The final gallery, Culture of Sherlock, will showcase a collection of vintage Sherlock Holmes-themed card games, comics, movie and television show props and costumes and more.

The Culture of Sherlock gallery will have various displays of Sherlock Holmes-themed collections, portraying popular imagination of the famous detective over the last 126 years. (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences)

“We are excited to share this unique exhibition with the Farmington community, providing additional entertainment and educational opportunities for upper-elementary ages, teens, and adults this summer,” In a news release, said Christina Chapman, assistant director of cultural affairs.

The exhibition opened on June 28 and will close Saturday, Sept. 28. It is available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

General admission for ages 13 and up is $15, children ages 6-12 are $10, and ages 5 and under are free. Group rates are available and must be scheduled in advance. To book a group outing, call (505) 599-1590.

General admission tickets can be purchased at Farmington Museum. For further information, contact (505) 599-1174.