There's nothing "elementary" about the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus. Let's start with the facts:
- You will be handed a crime booklet,
- You will visit the crime scene and you will be asked to solve this crime.
- Depending upon the size of the crowd that day, and your own sleuthing skills, this interactive work could take you up to 1-2 hours.
Once you’ve taken a look at that parlor, with the single bullet hole above the fireplace, the shattered plaster bust, and the blood splatter on the wall, you’ll be hooked; you won't be able to leave until you solve this mystery.
Remember this is COSI, the place where science, technology and industry meet, and what better place to marry science and crime than through the forensic skills of Sherlock who invites you to record, "just the evidence of your experiments." And, yes, experiments you will do here.
The police have their own conclusions, but there's sneaky evidence everywhere that the police have all wrong. Maybe the seedpod gave off fumes that brought on a temporary fit of insanity? Test those chemicals in the test tubes and see. Chemistry reveals whether arsenic, strychnine or belladonna was used.
Sherlock gives you clues and encourages you, like whispers in your ear, to record only your observations.
No pen is required. Instead, you will break the code by visiting vintage wooden lamp boxes to mark your book with stamps, rubbings and other markings (including blood splatters and seedpod rubbings.)
Next, hands-on displays invite you to see how see how science and technology are just beginning when solving crimes - it's about intuition. Learn that women, at the time, had access to a potentially fatal weapon. Arsenic was in their face powder.
Turn the corner, and you find yourself in the room at 221B Baker Street in London, where there is a dramatic recreation of Holmes’ world, with his notes, test tubes, hat, pipe and violin, giving indications that there is a riddle not yet solved.
This ends the “museum” portion of the exhibit, and where the sleuthing work begins. Each clue takes you to one of Holmes’ hands-on experiment stations that challenge you to discover the truth. Each clue invites you to report your findings in your booklet via a punched stamp. When you think you’re finished, slide your punched card over the newspaper to see the secret message.
The exhibit runs through September 1, 2014. The tickets to Sherlock Holmes require a separate admission fee. Click here for ticket information.