Crime and Entertainment at Discovery Center this Fall

ROCKFORD, Ill. – It is the classic Sherlock Holmes murder mystery involving footprints, a shooting, poison and even a barking dog. Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery opens Sunday, October 1 from Noon to 5 pm at Discovery Center Museum.

This interactive, entertaining and very clever mystery will test your powers of observation and deductive reasoning. You’ll need your deerstalker and your thinking cap to solve this baffling thriller.

The exhibit is a replica of one in London commemorating the life of Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As you enter the exhibit, you find yourself transported back to another time and place and to the scene of the crime. A body has been discovered in the Croydon Clocktower and it is up to you to follow Dr. Watson’s story through eight chapters, collecting valuable clues along the way; but beware of those red herrings! As you travel from the caretaker’s home to the London docks to the baroness’s den, the sights, sounds and smells of turn-of-the-century London greet you at every turn. It is up to you to note anything that might lead to the real killer. But don’t worry…there are “cheat sheets” for those who may need them. Before you leave the exhibit, you are invited into an elegant study, where a live character actor from the story will join you. Here you will confer, argue, and discuss your theories; then all will be revealed.

The exhibit is wonderful for families and groups of all ages. Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery opens Sunday, October 1 and runs through January 3, 2007. The exhibit takes approximately 40 – 60 minutes to complete. Remember to allow extra time to visit the permanent exhibits at Discovery Center.

Admission: Public - $5 for Sherlock only or $7 for Sherlock and Discovery Center. Groups of 10 or more receive a group discount. To schedule a group tour, call 815-963-6769.