Monday, January 24, 2011

Things to Do: Indoor Scavenger Hunts

Recently, I was talking to a coworker about scavenger hunts and how I was looking for some in the area that didn't involve running around the city during the dead of winter. He in turn shared with me a list of scavenger hunts at local museums that one of his friends had compiled. Enjoy!

The Murder at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt (For Adults Only)
Saturday, January 29 or February 26 at 2:00PM
The National Gallery of Art

6th and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20565
A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, pride, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multimillion-dollar purchase of a Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s up to you to learn what he knew and discover what drove one of four suspects to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code left in the victim’s appointment calendar. Can you figure out who dunnit? Be prepared for our most challenging hunt.

The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt (For Adults Only)
Saturday, February 12 or 13th at 1:00PM
American Art Museum

F Street at 8th Street, Washington, DC 20004
Go in search of the naked and the naughty in the American Art Museum. Highlights include a tempting she-devil, an Eve who’d get you to bite an apple, a giddy drinker, native men with no need for a gym, a startling Lite-Brite picture, and a nude that gives new meaning to the word “hot.” No knowledge of art, or nudity, is required.

Murder at the Museum of American History Scavenger Hunt (For Adults Only)
Saturday, February 19 at 2:00PM
The National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20560
Someone, or something, has been bumping off National Museum of American History staffers involved in the recent discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin. This “infernal machine” has a murky past: Freemasons supposedly used it as part of a secret ritual. Are the deaths caused by the invention, or part of the fabled “Curse of the Freemasons”? Or is a serial killer on the loose? Your team of sleuths will have to crack a secret code and uncover the museum’s secrets to solve the mystery and stop the killings. This hunt is for adults only. For murder hunts, we strongly recommend hunting with a team of three or more.

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