COSI has a few new exhibits including the Energy Explorers which opened in July, Sherlock Holmes and the 50th celebration, which opened more recently. It's a great way to escape the cold weather outside and a good place to visit during Spring Break.

Sherlock Holmes

The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes is now open. Guests learn about the world Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in during the time he wrote about the famous Sherlock Holmes cases. The exhibit features books such as those by Edgar Allan Poe, newspapers, clothing from the period, scientific and medical tools such as skulls and microscopes to the medical advancements made by the Edinburgh professors.

One can read a letter from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Dr. Joseph Bell, whom he says is the inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes character. A black and white photo of Dr. Bell looks very much like the Sherlock Holmes drawn by American artist Frederic Dorr Steele as he is a tall slender man wearing a houndstooth cape and matching hunting-style hat.

After passing through the entrance area, participants begin learning about botany, ballistics, cosmetics and other information-gathering tools used by investigators to solve a crime. Before entering the exhibit, sleuths can pick up a notebook to help aid them in their investigation and can get the book "stamped" with the appropriate symbol after completing each learning station.

After learning the sleuth's tools of the trade, investigators get to work. After reviewing the scene of the crime, sleuths record clues and look for answers.

After visiting the various areas, a final clue leads to answer for solving the case.

At the end of the exhibit an area with Sherlock Holmes memorabilia, including stuffed animals, collectors plates, board games, movie and TV posters, clothing worn by actors Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson in the TV show "Elementary" are on display in cases.

Sherlock fans can purchase T-shirts, books, souvenir programs, vintage candy and drinks or pose for a photo with a cape and hat.

It is suggested guests allow up to an hour and a half to complete the tour of the exhibit. For those who are up to the challenge, there is a scavenger hunt of hidden symbols and items within the exhibit. The special exhibit runs through Sept. 1.

Admission to all COSI exhibits and Sherlock Holmes is $25.95 for adults, $24.95 for seniors and $20.95 for youth.

50th Celebration

It's hard to believe, but COSI has been in central Ohio for half of a century. The Columbus Historical Society has teamed up with COSI to present an exhibit showing the beginnings of the museum and some of the popular exhibits from the former museum space at 390 E. Broad St., including the original pendulum, NYSE trading post, Spitz Projector used in astronomy shows in the Battelle Theater and the Coal Mine elevator and other pieces from special exhibits. Visitors can write their favorite memories of the museum in a scrapbook and those with old photos from the former museum space, can upload them at At the end is an interactive quiz of questions relating to COSI.

A special celebration for the exhibit is planned for March 29. According to COSI's Public Relations and Social Media Manager Jaclyn Reynolds, the event is family friendly and the museum will have a special alumni luncheon and a decades fundraiser in the evening featuring bands and food from local restaurants.

Family Friday Nights

For those looking to visit the museum on a budget, consider the popular Family Friday Night events which include admission and a ticket to the Extreme Screen movie for $10.95 the last Friday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. Current movies being shown on the Extreme Screen are "Rocky Mountain Express" and "Penguins in 3-D." Admission to both Family Friday Night and the Sherlock Holmes exhibit is $18.95.