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The Game is Afoot at the DMNS’ new Sherlock Holmes exhibit

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 221B Baker Street has been transported to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from now until January 31, 2016. The interactive International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes has several parts, but starts with the history of this character and and includes a replica underground train station (circa 1895) where you can receive detective’s notebooks (available in English and Spanish), and go station-to-station to learn about the different techniques and aspects for solving crimes. At each station, you stamp your detective notebook or receive a decoder (read the instructions or ask for help), because each station is different.

At the end of the station, you get a special decoded message from Sherlock Holmes that tells you what to do next. The game is definitely afoot, as you examine a crime in a Victorian-era home, stamp your book so you can take clues with you and then walk the streets of London to gather clues. At each of the final stations, you analyze all the evidence with hands-on interactive stations.


The various stations include a sitting room at 221B Baker Street, London, depicting the very room where Dr. Watson and Sherlock discuss cases. The various stations make it fun for adults and children alike to enjoy solving a case and exploring the concept that “things are not always what they seem!”

sherlock3Be prepared for some fun, interaction, and a whole lot of Sherlock Holmes. If you love a mystery and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creations, you will definitely enjoy this exhibit at the DMNS. But, be careful and observe every detail, because “to a great mind, nothing is little.”

A few things of note for this exhibit specifically:


  • You can take strollers, photos, but no flash photos, please.
  • Admission to this exhibit is extra, even for members. But, special member discounts apply.
  • Some of the content is not suitable for kids under age 10. It depends on the child and what they can handle. It’s a murder and analysis of a evidence from a scene.
  • It is a complicated exhibited, so ask for help. Plenty of amazing volunteers and staff are there to assist.
  • Attend on less busier days if you can, so you can truly enjoy this exhibit. Crowds make this exhibit tougher to enjoy/use.
  • It is open daily, except for Christmas day, December 25.

For more information, visit International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes.

Ratna Gupta blogs as Get Clued In! at, and lives and plays in Colorado with her husband and her two kids.  

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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson October 26, 2015

    Thanks for the age recommendation. My kiddos are right around that age and think they’d really love this exhibit.

  • comment avatar Heather October 26, 2015

    OMG, how have I not heard this was coming? Is there an extra fee is or price included with admission

  • comment avatar Ratna October 26, 2015

    It is extra, even if you are a member.

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