Exhibits & Programs


The International Exhibition Of Sherlock Holmes


October 15, 2016-January 8, 2017
A Mystery Awaits!

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Footprints, spatter patterns and the powers of observation mark the journey through The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at Pacific Science Center October 15, 2016-January 8, 2017. The interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories.

Guests will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Arthur Conan Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes features original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes, and interactive crime-solving opportunities. Guests will be transported into Sherlock Holmes’ London to solve a crime in a world filled with innovation and experimentation – and just receiving its introduction to his ground-breaking methods.

Plan Your Visit


The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is offered as an add-on to Pacific Science Center general admission. Tickets are available to purchase at Pacific Science Center’s box office. You may also reserve your ideal date in advance by purchasing online or by phone at 1-800-664-8775. Group tickets can be purchased by phone at (206) 443-3611.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes add-on for general public: $9
Pacific Science Center Members: $7
Youth (6-8): $13.75 Sherlock Special!
Youth (9-15): $22.75

General admission ticket purchase is required for The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes add-on. No tickets required for children under 8.

Exhibit Entry

Entrance into The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes will occur on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. daily.

Final entry into the exhibit will correspond with Pacific Science Center closing times, and varies based on operating hours. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes exhibit closes one hour after final entry (e.g. if Pacific Science Center general exhibits close at 6 p.m., final entry into The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes will be at 6 p.m. with final exit at 7 p.m.)

Hotel Package – Elementary, My Dear

Package Includes:

  • Two tickets to Pacific Science Center’s – Sherlock Exhibit
  • Two tickets to the Seattle Underground Tour
  • Two Holmes-inspired Study in Scarlet cocktails at Miller’s Guild, the acclaimed restaurant partner at Hotel Max
  • Commemorative Sherlock Holmes notebook

Available: through Jan 7. Valid at Hotel Max & The Roosevelt Hotel.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to experience The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes?
Although entry is on a first-come, first-served basis, you may proceed at your own pace once inside. An average visit lasts approximately 60 minutes. Please note, final entry into the exhibit coincides with the closing of Pacific Science Center and The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes exhibit closes 60 minutes later.

Why are tickets dated but not timed?
Admission for this exhibit is on a first-come, first-served basis to allow maximum flexibility for guests. Our upcoming Terracotta Warriors exhibit, with longer average visit lengths and increased school group attendance, will have timed entry tickets.

What are the busiest times in the exhibit?
As one might expect, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are Pacific Science Center’s busiest days. As this exhibit is running during the school year, expect field trip groups Tuesday-Friday between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

How long is the exhibit here?
Pacific Science Center will host the exhibit from October 15, 2016 through January 8, 2017.

Can I buy tickets at your box office on the day I want to enter?
Tickets can be purchased at our box office on day of visit or for an advance date, depending on availability. To ensure your ideal date and avoid arriving only to find tickets sold out, you may also purchase your tickets online or by phone at 1-800-664-8775.

Can I enter multiple times throughout the day?
With your ticket, you can enter The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes only once, no re-entry is allowed upon exiting the exhibit. Once inside, you can proceed at your own pace. Generally the average visit length lasts approximately 60 minutes. However, you may exit Pacific Science Center and re-enter the day of your visit simply by showing your hand-stamp or ticket to any cashier for re-entry. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes store can be visited with a general exhibit ticket and anytime throughout the day.

Are there restrooms inside the exhibit?
There are no restrooms located inside the exhibit, we recommend using the restroom prior to entering. The closest restroom is located near the exhibit entrance. In cases of extenuating circumstances, Pacific Science Center staff will be available to facilitate exhibit exit and re-entry. Please see a staff member or volunteer for assistance.

Can I take pictures or video in the exhibition?
Non-flash photography is welcome inside the exhibit but we ask you please be aware of guests around you and not impact their experience. Flash photography and tripods are not allowed and video of any kind is prohibited. Photography inside the exhibit is strictly for non-commercial use only.

Can I bring my pet?
We love all kinds of animals here at Pacific Science Center. We have snakes, naked mole rats and tropical butterflies to name a few! But only service animals are allowed.

What is not allowed into the exhibition?
The following items are NOT permitted in the exhibit: Food or beverage, gum, helium balloons, backpacks worn on the back and over-sized strollers. We recommend that if you have these items, you store them in a locker in Building 1 or 3 if size-appropriate or leave them at home.

What is your exchange/refund policy regarding The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes?
Tickets are valid for the date printed on the ticket only. Tickets are good for one entry only. You may obtain a refund or exchange your ticket for another date, based on availability, if you do so 24 hours or more in advance.

Is there a Gift Shop located at the exhibit?
Yes, the official Exhibit Gift Shop is located at the exit of the exhibit. All Pacific Science Center guests may visit the Exhibit Gift Shop. The Exhibit Gift Shop is the only place to obtain official exhibition merchandise.

Is the exhibit fully accessible for disabled patrons?
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes is fully accessible for disabled patrons. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desk in Building 1 with ID required for rental.

Is the Exhibit Appropriate for Children?
All ages are welcome to enjoy solving an exciting mystery while experiencing the exhibits high interactivity. There is a Detective’s Notebook (available in English and Spanish) geared for those 8 and older. Families can explore with the notebook individually or share to solve the mystery as a team. There’s also a Jr. Guide available, intended for ages 6 and up. The exhibit does discuss crime and in the process of proving, or disproving, theories about what happened in the central mystery there is talk of firearms, blood, poisoning, etc.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Pacific Science Center!

Tickets now on sale.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes pricing:

General Public: $9 + General Admission
Pacific Science Center Members: $7 with FREE General Admission

Learn more about this exciting exhibition in this quick PacSci Podcast:


The International Exhibition Of Sherlock Holmes

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