Friday, 5 May 2017


  • The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes sets sights on Sydney

Fancy yourself a daring detective or super sleuth? Prepare to have your skills put to the test with The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). This adventure into forensic crime, conundrums and the positively puzzling premieres exclusively at the Powerhouse Museum on Thursday 1 June 2017.

In its first tour outside North America, exhibition visitors will be transported back to Sherlock Holmes’ Victorian London to help solve a captivating mystery and will have the chance to crack the case by conducting their own experiments.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to glimpse into the genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the mastermind behind one of the most famous detectives in the known world. Featuring over 350 objects, see original manuscripts and first editions, visit one of the world’s most accurate recreations of 221B Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson and immerse yourself in the most comprehensive display of Sherlock pop culture items since his creation 127 years ago.

“This exhibition proves Sherlock Holmes has been one of history’s most enduring characters for good reason This is the first opportunity for Australian visitors to immerse themselves into the world of forensic science, step into Sherlock’s shoes to solve a crime and enjoy an up close look at the many iterations of Sherlock in popular culture over decades of interpretations,” said MAAS Director Dolla Merrillees.

“Sherlock Holmes is the most influential character in fiction, encouraging entire generations to demand truth through the use of science. These influences have brought many young inquisitive minds into the field of forensic science and many more into all sciences, searching for clarity in our often foggy world,” said exhibition creator Geoffrey M. Curley

The exhibition is brought to the Powerhouse Museum through 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. This is the first time a Conan Doyle family member has been involved in a Sherlock Holmes exhibition.

Sherlock fans looking to try their hand as a sleuth can get involved in a range of programs during the exhibition including a MAASive Lates night, a True Crime Panel Talk and Sherlock Trivia Night. The first chance to experience The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes will be at MAASive Lates on 1 June. This special adults-only night will feature crime-themed activities and entertainment as the museum opens after dark for one night only. From a master criminal to a detective, a forensic scientist and an academic who designs crimes out of cities, every angle is covered in July’sTrue Crime Panel Talk. Experience the exhibition after hours with Sherlock’s biggest fans then share your knowledge at the adults-only Sherlock Trivia Night. Junior detectives don’t miss out though. There is an entire case for kids to solve, documenting their crime solving skills in a detective file, as they work through the exhibition.

So if you’re a budding biologist, a physics fanatic or crazy for chemistry, The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Powerhouse Museum will have all the dastardly deeds and shady characters you can poke a magnifying glass at.

Tickets are on sale now and bookings are essential. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes opens on the evening of Thursday 1 June and runs until Sunday 29 October, 2017.

On view: The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

Dates: 1 June – 29 October, 2017
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Tickets via


admission for adults is $27 Concession $25,
Children $16  Family Pass $65.
Discounts available for pre-purchased tickets and groups

MAASive Lates: Sherlock Holmes, Thursday 1 June, 6.30-10pm

Tap into your inner detective to solve a crime using techniques developed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and made famous by his much-loved character Sherlock Holmes.

True Crime panel talk, Thursday, 6 July, 6-7.30pm

Hear an expert panel discuss true crime and their unique first hand experiences. Presented in partnership with Sydney Living Museums Justice & Police Museum and its Crime Writing Festival.

Sherlock Trivia Night, Thursday 7 September, 5-6.30pm exhibition viewing followed by a 7-9pm trivia event

Enjoy the exhibition after hours then unleash your inner detective and see how you fare trying to solve a captivating, original murder mystery.

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