SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Follow the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes using clues and observations to solve the ultimate mystery in The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. The interactive experience opening June 11, 2015 at Discovery Cube Orange County combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories.
Guests will be transported into Sherlock Holmes’ London to solve a crime in a world filled with innovation and experimentation. Learn how Sherlock used observation and science to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. Using the same techniques, a notebook and clues, young detectives will help Sherlock investigate a crime. The exhibition also features original manuscripts, artifacts, and tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes.
The exhibition is a result of a unique arts partnership between Exhibits Development Group (EDG), Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates, Conan Doyle Estate Ltd., and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
“The Conan Doyle Estate can’t remember an undertaking as involved and exciting as this one,” says the Estate’s U.S. representative Jon Lellenberg. “Museum visitors will experience the scientific and literary ideas that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes, and Holmes’ methods for investigating and solving crimes as the world’s first consulting detective, and they will visit their two worlds, including the very rooms in which all this took place.”
Guests learn about the practices of Sherlock Holmes, the world in which Conan Doyle drew from to develop his stories, and the history of forensic science. The galleries in the exhibition include:
- Dr. Conan Doyle Study – Conan Doyle, a scientifically educated physician, was a curious and tireless investigator his entire life. Guests will discover his world beginning as a medical student to full-time author. On display will be an original manuscript, letters, and illustrations through which guests will gain perspective on the experiences that influenced the creating of Sherlock Holmes.
- Science and History – Sherlock Holmes solved mysteries using observation and solid scientific experimentation, something real-world detectives had not fully embraced. Guests will participate in experiments of their own by exploring the developments in science and technology in the 1890s. The exhibition digs into real forensic studies in order to demonstrate the link between the Sherlock Holmes stories, detective science and the world of today.
- Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street – Guests will visit Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson’s sitting room at 221B Baker Street, London, where their investigations began and concluded.
- Become a Detective – Guests will exchange the museum map for a book of clues to solve a remarkable murder. Using keen observation, guests will crack a new Sherlock Holmes mystery written for the exhibit.
- Culture of Sherlock – Pop culture enthusiasts will enjoy the exhibit’s final gallery, with a robust collection of all things “Sherlockian”. The gallery includes vintage Sherlock Holmes-themed card games, comics, and movie and television show props and costumes. Featured are hero props from the Warner Bros.’ current Sherlock Holmes movies set, alongside costumes, props and behind the scenes tools from the hit CBS television shows Elementary and BBC’s Sherlock. The exhibition offers the most comprehensive display of Sherlock Holmes as portrayed in popular imagination since his creation.
Doors open to the public on June 11, 2015. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is not included in general admission fees. Price for the exhibition is an additional $10 per person, with discounts available for a limited time. Tickets are available at Discovery Cube OC or online at www.discoverycube.org/oc/. General admission prices are as follows: adult ($17.95), senior ($12.95), and children ages 3-14 ($12.95).
The Exhibition will tour 10 cities in North America before it tours internationally. Visit www.sherlockholmesexhibition.com for updates on the tour.
About Exhibits Development Group (EDG):
EDG is dedicated to the development, production, marketing, and distribution of traveling museum exhibitions and cultural projects. EDG also serves as a partner to other exhibition organizers, museums, foundations, and collection owners in the U.S. and abroad, in the care and stewardship of their exhibitions and collections. EDG’s mission is to initiate and promote international cultural and intellectual exchange by bringing high-quality traveling exhibitions of art, science, and history to broad and diverse audiences. For more information, please visit www.exhibitsdevelopment.com.
About Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates, LLC (GMCA):
GMCA is an innovative consulting company dedicated to supporting the development and execution of new and vibrant educational, hands-on, minds-on experiences for museums. GMCA’s goal is to integrate new, cutting-edge technologies, environmental design and emotional storytelling with tantalizing visual, audio and tactile experiences making exhibitions personal, artistic, fun, educational, and memorable. For more information, please visit www.gmcurley.com.
About Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.:
Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. is sole owner of the Sherlock Holmes and other Conan Doyle rights in the United States of America. Owned by members of the Conan Doyle family, and successor to the Estate of Dame Jean Conan Doyle (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s daughter who died in 1997), it manages the copyrights and trademarks in Sir Arthur’s works and characters. For more information, please visit www.conandoyleestate.co.uk.
About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry:
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call (503) 797-4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.
About Museum of London:
Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 600,000 visitors per year. It also holds the largest archaeological archive in the world. The Museum’s collections of photographs, paintings and objects relating to 19th century London are particularly rich, supporting a deep understanding of the city during this extraordinary period in its history. They are cared for by a team led by Alex Werner, the Museum’s Head of History Collections and an expert on 19th century London history and on Sherlock Holmes. More information is available from www.museumoflondon.org.uk.
About Discovery Science Foundation:
The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second not-for-profit museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.