Scavenger Hunts at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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The MFA Madness Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

It’s more like the Museum of Fun Arts…

…when you go on this eye-popping, jaw-dropping tour across the centuries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. With your team, you’ll discover startling aspects of objects and art from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Japan, China, India, Paris, and all periods of American history. Your challenge: answer tricky questions about what you find. To triumph, you just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and great teamwork.

An unusual art museum scavenger hunt

Don’t know much about art? No worries! Instead, your team will be challenged to find out such things as…

  • Why King Kong would take up smoking
  • What ghoulish ingredient a lady keeps in a flowerpot
  • Why a naked goddess isn’t actually naked
  • And much more

You’ll search for answers to such questions as…

  • Why does a guy deliberately get heart burn on his wedding night? Answer: In the painting ‘Wedding night of Tobias and Sarah,’ the groom burns a heart and a liver to ward off demons. It was a different time…
  • What does a wiry artist turn a spiral into? Answer: Cow dung, near Alexander Calder’s “Cow.”
  • Why would a boy’s mummy suggest that he put on gold lipstick? Answer: To ensure speech in the afterlife, as explained near a portrait of a mummy youth.

The museum is open until 10 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, which allows for a great after-work team-building activity for corporate groups. Delighted clients who have tackled this hunt include Dunkin’ Brands, Procter & Gamble, Oracle, Converse, Liberty Mutual, Novartis, and LinkedIn, to name just a few. But you don’t have to work at a company to join the fun: this game is great for birthday parties, social groups, college groups, you name it.

Add more team-building fun

Want your group to interact more? Try the Mixed Alliances Edition, in which each team must meet and collaborate with three other teams as the game unfolds. Each individual will interact with at least 11 other game participants. What will you do when your opponent must become your ally? Contact us to learn more—and find more fun in Boston!


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The Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

A curator has been murdered…

…and he left behind a trail of clues that reveal secrets embedded in works of art at the Museum of Fine Arts. As your team finds answers to tricky questions about the art, you begin to piece together the details of the museum’s planned purchase of a newly discovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci. The dead man knew too much, and now it’s up to you to learn what drove one of four suspects to commit murder. Can you figure out who dunnit?

What kinds of groups have cracked this case? All kinds, from corporate groups looking for a team-building activity to social groups searching for an unusual game to bring people together. And you don’t need to know anything about art to win: you just need quick wits and good teamwork.


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The Whodunit Scavenger Hunt

Stop a killer? Get a clue!

There’s a killer on the loose at the Museum of Fine Arts, and it’s up to your team to stop him! How? By playing the scavenger hunt he created, which will ultimately reveal his identity, the murder weapon, and the location of the victim’s body. He sent the hunt to the police and dared them to try and solve it, but they’re stumped. Now they need your help.

You’ll be supplied with a list of potential suspects, weapons, and places. By following the clues and answering tricky questions, you’ll narrow down the list and provide the authorities with the evidence they need to catch and convict the killer.

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary. The game is bit easier than the Murder at the MFA Scavenger Hunt, which makes it a popular team-building choice with mixed groups.


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The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

Get your wands at the ready…

…for this magical journey through the Museum of Fine Arts, in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books and movies. Kids and adults team up to find giants that will remind you of Hagrid, centaurs and unicorns that would be at home in the Forbidden Forest, dragons that would strike fear in the hearts of Triwizard Tournament participants, and freaky figures as frightening as Death Eaters and Dementors.

Wizards and muggles alike can play

You don’t have to be a Potter buff to prevail: we have a cheat sheet for muggles, so they can enjoy the hunt and contribute just as much. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures; instead, references to the books and movies will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art.


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The Escape the MFA Scavenger Hunt

Find the antidote before it’s too late!

That antidote is for you, because you’ve been poisoned. If your team can solve the puzzles created by the diabolical mastermind responsible, you’ll unlock the box with the cure. You might be able to escape a room…but can you figure out these tricky clues and escape the Museum of Fine Arts with your life?

That’s the premise of this fun team-building game that leads you through the halls of the MFA, searching for specific works of art that uncover the answers. You’ll have to answer fun and challenging questions about what you find, interact with our staff to tackle sneaky puzzles, and ultimately crack a code.

No knowledge of art or the museum is required: you just need to pay attention and work with your team. If your friends or colleagues like puzzles but don’t want to be stuck in a small room for an hour, this is the perfect activity for you. 


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The Sherlock Holmes at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

Inspired by a Sherlock Holmes story…

A rich businessman named Hilton Cubitt has been murdered in his home. His wife, Elsie, has also been shot and seriously wounded, but police suspect that she killed her husband and see her shooting as an attempted suicide.

The sleuths at Watson Adventures, however, doubt this theory. The scene of the crime included two unusual pieces of evidence: a sheet of strange, handwritten “dancing” stick figures and a crumpled-up scavenger hunt featuring works of art at the museum.

We need your help! Your assignment: do the scavenger hunt, decipher the meaning of the dancing figures, and figure out who murdered Hilton Cubitt. Elsie’s life hangs in the balance—and she’s depending on your group’s teamwork and detective skills to exonerate her.


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The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

An unblushing look at nudity in art…

…though we can’t guarantee that you won’t blush on this naughty tour of the MFA. On teams, you’ll scrutinize paintings and sculptures featuring randy Romans, a “stag” party drinking game, Gauguin’s island girls, sultry sylphs from Southeast Asia, Father Time’s hot time, and a god with Venus envy. Along the way, you’ll get a whirlwind tour of the best of the MFA, from ancient Egypt and Rome, through the amazing new American galleries, and right up to the latest contemporary art. No knowledge of art—or nudity—is required.


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The Brain Squeeze: A Trivia Scavenger Hunt

Hold on—is this a trivia quiz or a scavenger hunt?

Both! You’ll need knowledge and wits to succeed at this unusual game at the Museum of Fine Arts. Here’s how it works: each question will require an answer from your team…which then becomes an important clue to answering a question about an object you’ll find. The trivia relates to movies, music, history, sports, science, literature, and more.

Knowing a cumberbund from a Cumberbatch from a Hobbit can help you find a rude member of an orchestra. Remembering which current coin features two people could reveal what keeps an African duo looking sharp. And figuring out what job title unites Seiji Ozawa and some MBTA employees could unlock the secret of a medieval Al Roker and tonight’s forecast.

If you’re stumped, you can use your smartphone. Just don’t use up too much of your time while doing so: the faster you answer the questions, the more questions you’ll get to and the more points you can accrue.

If you’re a fan of pub quizzes, you’ll love this quirky scavenger hunt. But be warned: this hunt is challenging, so fill your team with up to six brainiacs.


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The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt

A Halloween hunt in hallowed halls

Artists definitely have a dark side, as you’ll discover on this spine-tingling scavenger hunt through the MFA’s galleries. On teams, you’ll search for such ghastly sights as skulls and skeletons, martyrs and murderers, nightmarish monsters and freakish beasts, severed heads, torturous devices, and assorted ghouls. Play at your own risk.


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The Secrets of the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Sign up for adventure!

A pint-size version of our popular MFA Madness Scavenger Hunt…with full-size fun. Kids and adults team up for an entertaining tour of the museum that takes you across centuries, continents, and time—from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to Japan, China, India, Paris, and through the United States.

A terrific way for kids to have a blast and get a history lesson in the process, this scavenger hunt is a great choice for school field trips, camp outings, birthday parties, and more. And kids don’t need to know anything about art or the MFA to play: they’ll just need to pay attention to their surroundings, solve our fun and funny clues, and work together.


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The Whodunit Scavenger Hunt for Kids

It’s up to your mini detectives to catch a killer!

A kids’ version of our popular Whodunit Scavenger Hunt, this group game encourages cleverness, problem-solving, and teamwork while providing a whole lot of murder-mystery fun. How do you solve the murder at hand? Kids and adults work together to answer questions on a scavenger hunt created by a killer, which will reveal his identity, the weapon he used, and the scene of the crime.

This hunt is a great way to introduce kids to the museum and the fun side of art, whether you’re taking your class on a school field trip or celebrating your child’s birthday with a party that his or her friends will be talking about for days.

For ages 10 and up. No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary, but good reading skills are helpful.


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The Cats vs. Dogs Family Scavenger Hunt

The ultimate showdown between cats and dogs

Kids and adults work together to chase down funny felines and canines hidden in works of art throughout the Museum of Fine Arts. You’ll unleash your creativity and teamwork skills to answer our signature questions and find out which one of you is top dog. Pawse to take in a German canine wedding, prowling pussycats, a dog finding relief in a church, and a wrapped-up Egyptian tabby that wants to find his mummy. Those are just a few of the highlights on this hilarious hunt. Whoever said that curiosity killed the cat never played this game.

For ages 7 and up. At least one adult must accompany each team.


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