If you want to catch the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes before it moves on, you'd better hurry! Until the 8th of October, it is on at the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences) in Sydney. Based on the 1886 creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that sparked four novels and fifty-six short stories, the exhibition invites guests to help Sherlock solve a crime in Victorian London by following the clues he leaves and making notes in an investigator's notebook. However, before you take on the brain-twisting challenge of seeing if you can outwit Sherlock and come to the same conclusions he has, the first step is to explore 221B Baker Street and enter Sherlock's world and the study of doctor-turned-author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Glimpse original manuscripts, and props from behind the scenes of the many film and television incarnations of the famed detective.
Following your study of poisons and codes, venture through into a deep, dark world and crime scene, where clues must be uncovered, and identified to solve the crime. Each station, I discovered, was a little different - there were about four at each clue – and this definitely had an impact on how I solved the case – even working with someone, it is possible to come to separate conclusions. It took about two hours to see everything and gather all the clues, and this accounted for going back a few times to some spots to see if I had missed anything – busier days might be different though.
This is an immersive experience that takes you away from the pull of technology and has you use your brain and powers of deduction and observation to solve a crime, rather than today's reliance on forensics – it truly allows you to question what you see, and proves that what one sees initially is not necessarily the first answer.