Scavenger Hunts at The Field Museum

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The Field of Screams Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

A deadly game of cat and mouse—and dinosaurs

Something strange is afoot at the Field Museum. Staffers involved in acquiring a sacred Egyptian relic have been turning up dead. Is it the work of a serial killer? Or the dreaded Curse of Ahtchu? To solve the mystery and stop the killings, you’ll have to crack a hieroglyphic code, question a suspect, and uncover the museum’s secrets.

Along the way, you might…

  • Search an Egyptian tomb for clues
  • Interrogate spirits of the dead in the South Pacific
  • Scrutinize dinosaurs
  • Barge into a cocktail hour at an African watering hole
  • Find out what’s wrong with the man-eating lions of Tsavo

Those are just a few of the fun challenges on this hunt that leads you to the best of the museum’s exhibits. No knowledge of the museum or its contents is required—you just need a sharp mind and comfy shoes.

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The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt at the Field Museum

Go on an eccentric safari…

…while testing your group’s ability to work together. You’ll trek from ancient Egypt to the Pacific Islands, from the tundra to the forest, from Tibet to the time of dinosaurs, all while answering tricky, humorous questions about what you find. No knowledge of the museum or its exhibits is necessary: you just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and great teamwork.

You might search for answers to such questions as…

  • In ancient Egypt, find “bowling pins” with the head of a human, a jackal, a falcon, and a baboon. They’re waiting for organ transplants. As a group, which organ would they reject? Answer: People preparing mummies discarded the brain of a dead person but put the other organs in canopic jars.
  • Play the Mating Game. You would say this place stinks, but some single males would call it a “hot spot for picking up ‘single’ females.” Who are these bachelors? Answer: Dung beetles, who meet on piles of dung.

And in case you were wondering, yes, we’ve left out some key ingredients to solve these puzzles. To get the right answers, you’ll need directions and other hunt clues.

One of Our Top Museum Team Building Activities

Since this hunt’s debut in 2005 the Field Museum has been one of our most popular locations for team building activities for corporate groups, including such clients as Microsoft, Turner Construction, Orbitz, Kimberly-Clark, Tropicana, and Exelon, to name a few. If you want to emphasize interaction and collaboration between teams, ask about our Mixed Alliances Edition.

What are players saying about the Field Museum scavenger hunt?

A 5-star Yelp review: We had a team building activity with a scavenger hunt at the Field Museum. It was terrific! I highly recommend this company; we had an amazing time. The booking experience was smooth and easy. They were always responsive to questions and timely with information. For the scavenger hunt itself, it was just terrific. Valerie did a great, quick briefing that was clear. The clues were subtle but solvable. We had SO MUCH fun roaming all over the museum solving. We have some truly epic pics from the additional challenges! If you have a group, do this!”

Contact us to learn more about our Field Museum scavenger hunts—and find more fun in Chicago!

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The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Have a Field day!

On this whirlwind tour of the Field Museum, kids and adults work together as they travel around the world—and back in time. You’ll follow quirky clues and answer fun, funny questions about the historical hilarity that you uncover. Starring: mighty mites, man-eating lions, amazing mummies, awesome antlers, shocking sharks, giant forest hogs, and Dr. Funkenstein. And watch out for the dinosaurs!

Best of all, no previous knowledge about the museum or its contents is necessary to win! You just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and good teamwork.

Along the way, your team will also need to search for opportunities to take creative team photos in certain places or with particular objects in the museum.

Along the way your team will tackle such questions as…

  • Why are the famous Lions of Tsavo smaller than they used to be?
  • What injury can you discover by tickling the ribs of SUE the T. rex?
  • What tiny Egyptian dung collectors were considered to be like a sun god?
  • What surprising thing did British people do with cat mummies?

This scavenger hunt is adapted for kids from our best-selling version for adults, The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt. The kids edition is recommended for ages 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. It’s a great way to introduce kids to the wonders of natural history, whether they’re participating in a school field trip, or enjoying a children’s birthday party, or looking for some educational fun in any kind of group outing.

Contact us to learn more about our scavenger hunts for kids at the Field Museum—and find more field trip fun in Chicago!

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