Last weekend we visited the International Exhibition ofSherlock Holmes, now in its waning days at COSI in Columbus.
Others have reviewed it at length, but I just want to share a few impressions:
- My favorite parts were those which dealt most closely with Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes – facsimiles of letters and manuscripts, Dr. Joseph Bell’s academic gown, and the exhibits of exhibits of books, posters, and other memorabilia at the end.
- The interactive part in which visitors work through a mystery was clever, but sometimes hard to follow. The elements of it that I liked best were the Sherlockian ones, especially reasonably accurate reconstruction of the sitting room at 221B Baker Street. The crime to be solved was based on one of the famous “untold tales” of Dr. Watson, which was a plus.
- The exhibition wasn’t designed for holders of graduate degrees in Sherlock Holmes, but I deduce that even members of the Baker Street Irregulars would enjoy it. The many children we saw there certainly did.