I am luck enough to have a little time off of work and was able to attend it yesterday.
So, since we were in the area we hit a St Louis landmark, 'Courtesy Cafe' . . .
And since this is right along Hwy 70 it should get peoples attention.
A little hokey but okay.
Poe is also give some credit for being an early founder of the form.
This display shows Bells teaching gown and some of his letters. There was a very good nod to Dr. Bell. And a very good painting of him.
Some were just around to set the theme, while others were relevant to the display.
Here is assistant with London street window, which on the other side was part of Baker St.
There were many first additions and rare letter and art work.
To the true Sherlockain of early work this was indeed a treat.
Very good labeling and numbering described each piece.
After the historical displays about Doyle and Holmes the next section was devoted to understanding forensic science of the time. The displays were set up to help you understand the mystery you could be solving later in the exhibition. Each station would be relevant later in the show. The lighting was not good enough for me to get many pictures of this part, but the displays were fun and educational. Aimed at the younger participants.
Hear is one posing with daughter.
Here is the seats around the fireplace.
Each room had several things in them that visitors needed to find as sort of a scavenger hunt.
Although the items needing to be found were very Canonical, there was no explanation for the non-Sherlockian on how they appeared in the stories.
After viewing the rooms at 221b you went into a section where the below room was set up as a crime scene. You were to observe numbered items in the room as clues and then go to station where four examples or explanations of the clues were shown. You had to pick the one that you thought best matched the crime scene. It was a little confusing, but very fun. (Or maybe I am just not a good detective.)
Again the lighting was not good enough for my camera to get good photos of the stations.
Here you can see 'Young Sherlock Holmes' and other movie stuff.
Covers, sketches, prints, etc.
Here is Blackwood's coffin from the first RDJ movie.
This last gallery was a great experience for anyone in to the movie or TV world of Holmes.
Over all the exhibition was very well done, with things to be found for die hard Sherlockians or casual fan. Most of it pertained to the Canonical Holmes more than the movie or modern Holmes, with just enough of that for those interested.
It was mostly aimed for a family experience but I saw a lot of adult Sherlockians taking it in.
The science center asked for volunteers to help at things like this and we spotted several local Sherlockians we knew.
If it come near you, you should go. I plan on trying to volunteer at least a few times.
We enjoyed it very much.