Indoor Activities in Boston | Art Museum Scavenger Hunts

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.