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The Yale Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt

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The Yale Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt

Currently closed for renovation

Please join us for a hunt at the renewed museum in 2024!

From dinosaurs to dodos, fossils to pharaohs…

…you’ll see the best of Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History while playing this most unusual game. This New Haven museum is a dinosaur haven, but it’s also filled with an array of scientific curiosities. You don’t need to be a scientist to play or to win—you just need great teamwork to answer the hunt’s tricky, humorous questions about strange specimens, objects from outer space, intriguing insects, eerie mummies, and more.

You might track down answers to such questions as…

  • In the Egypt gallery, crack the case of the dummy mummies. As a result of this swindle, what was the “exchange rate” of gods and pots? Answer: 1 to 1, or “One god, one pot,” according to a decree after six men sold false animal mummies for tombs.
  • Walk among dinosaurs. From which apparently tasty place did a president get his unusual White House decor? Answer: Jefferson filled one room in the White House with mastodon bones from Big Bone Lick, Kentucky.

Keep in mind that we’ve left out some of the clues that will help you zero in on the correct answers. No prior knowledge of the museum or its flora and fauna is necessary.

A version in which kids and adults work together is also available, suitable for ages 7 and up.

What happy clients are saying

“We had a wonderful time! The hunt was challenging and kept everyone involved and together. It certainly speaks to the competitiveness of our group! I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from all our participants. It has ranked as one of the best retreats we’ve ever had.” –Allie Squeglia, Manager of Operations, Yale School of Public Health

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