Scavenger Hunts at The Getty Center

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The Art Attack Scavenger Hunt

Go on an art-filled adventure in a scenic setting…

…as you uncover surprising secrets about the masterpieces at the Getty Center. You’ll search for answers to questions about an ancient case of wife swapping, a dog whisperer who’d disturb Daffy Duck, a prankster with a feather, sailors literally turning into animals, a picturesque kegger, a card shark, a stag party, a “moodel,” and more. You don’t need any previous knowledge about the museum or art to triumph. You just need a sharp mind and comfortable shoes.

The Art Attack is a fun, laugh-filled team-building activity that’s perfect for corporate outings, birthday parties, family get-togethers, alumni groups—you name it. This hunt has been recommended by UrbanDaddy.com and The Rundown, to name a few of the many media outlets that have recommended our Getty Center hunts since the first one in 2005.

Mix and mingle more: the Mixed Alliances Edition

If you want to get your group interacting even more, consider the Mixed Alliances Edition. Teams of three players will take turns collaborating with three other teams throughout the course of the game, and each player will get to work with at least 11 other participants.


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The Murder at the Getty Scavenger Hunt

Can your team catch a killer?

A famous, controversial art critic has been murdered, and this dead man tells tales—if you can figure them out, that is. He left behind a series of cryptic clues connected with art at the Getty Center, and they all lead to the museum’s planned multi-million-dollar purchase of a Leonardo da Vinci painting. As your team answers tricky questions about the masterpieces you find, you’ll uncover the greed, lust, and betrayal that got him killed and deduce which of the four suspects committed the murder.

Four suspects, one murder mystery scavenger hunt

Round up the usual suspects for your team: this is one of the more challenging hunts, so we recommend hunting in teams of three or more. But no knowledge of the museum or art is necessary: you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. The hunt’s afoot!


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The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt even a muggle will love

This magical tour of the Getty Center will send you in search of art that echoes the enchanted world of Harry Potter. Keep your wand handy as you hunt for fierce dragons and trusty owls, unicorns and centaurs that look like they emerged from the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, cloaked and masked figures that would send shivers through Death Eaters and Dementors, and characters that will remind you of Hagrid and Snape.  

The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures. Instead, references to the books and movies provide a surprising bridge to many fascinating and unexpected works of art. And don’t worry if not everyone in your group has seen the movies or read the books: each team gets a Cheat Sheet for anyone who might not know, say, the name of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.


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The Whodunit Scavenger Hunt

To catch a killer, get a clue!

Not only is a killer on the loose—he’s also taunting the police with a scavenger hunt that he created, which could reveal his (or maybe her!) identity, the murder weapon, and the scene of the crime. The police need your help sifting through the hunt for its secrets. You’ll follow a trail of clues, answer tricky questions, and use close-ups of art to find the originals, all to gather the evidence you need to lock up the killer. Is your team up for the challenge?

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary. You just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and decent detective skills. The hunt is a somewhat easier, and shorter, alternative to the Murder at the Getty Scavenger Hunt, which makes it the perfect team-building or birthday-party activity for groups looking for unusual fun.

A version of this game for kids and adults to play together is also available. It’s suitable for ages 10 and up. The family that sleuths together has a blast together!


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Escape the Getty Scavenger Hunt

Solve the clues—and save yourself!

You’ve been poisoned at the start of this scavenger hunt (er, sorry), and it’s up to you to find the cure. How? By solving a series of puzzles created by the diabolical villain who poisoned you to figure out the combination to a box that holds the antidote. Sure, you can escape a room, but can you unlock the box and escape the Getty Center?

While you follow the clever clues, you’ll explore the nooks and crannies of the Getty, searching for specific works of art. Your team will be challenged to answer tricky, humorous questions about what you find, talk with our staff to solve sneaky puzzles, and crack a code.

No knowledge of art or the museum is required: you just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and excellent teamwork. Why limit yourself to a small, locked room for an hour when you can explore the magnificent treasures of the Getty Center?


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The Sherlock Holmes at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

Holmes and Watson solved a similar mystery—can you?

In this whodunit based on a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story, you and your teammates play detective to solve a murder. When wealthy businessman Hilton Cubitt is fatally shot at his home, police suspect his wife, Elsie. She too was shot, but the police believe she turned the gun on herself after gunning down her husband.

But wait! A week ago, Hilton had approached the Watson Adventures code-breaking experts for help. Elsie had received disturbing e-mails that contained images of dancing stick figures, but she’d refused to talk further about them.

Found at the crime scene: a crumpled copy of a scavenger hunt involving nudes in the Getty Center, where Elsie works on ancient manuscripts as a cryptographer. If you can figure out how the scavenger hunt is linked to the e-mails, you can clear Elsie’s name, figure out who murdered Hilton Cubitt, and learn the secret of the dancing nudes. A woman’s life hangs in the balance, and the clock is ticking!


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The Secrets of the Getty Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Discover the fun side of art

Kids and adults join forces to answer fun and funny questions about the quirkiest, strangest, and most wonderful works of art at this mountaintop treasure chest. On this whirlwind tour, teams will tackle tricky questions that are similar to the ones on our Art Attack Scavenger Hunt, but made kid-friendly and designed to entertain and engage young and old alike. The game has been recommended by such family-activity experts as GoCityKids.com.

No previous knowledge about art is required—but you’ll learn a lot along the way, and kids will have their curiosity primed to return again. The hunt is suitable for ages 7 and up, and it’s a great choice for birthday parties, school field trips, camp outings, and any other kid-centered events. It will get kids working together during the game—and talking about it for days afterward.


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The Brain Squeeze: A Trivia Scavenger Hunt

Half trivia challenge, half scavenger hunt—all fun!

This unusual team game at the Getty Center is about to become your new favorite. Here’s how it works: your team’s answer to a trivia question becomes an essential clue to answering another question about an object on display. The trivia comes from all areas of life—music, movies, books, sports, and science.  

If you’re stumped, you can use your smartphone to find the answer, but a word of caution: that smartphone can slow you down. The faster you answer questions, the more questions you’ll get and the more points you can earn. The game is like a pub quiz or Jeopardy! mixed with the strangest, funniest museum tour you’ve ever taken.


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The Naked at the Getty Scavenger Hunt for Valentine’s Day

Go on a scintillating search for nudity in art

This whirlwind tour of nudes uncovers a whole lot more than a few naked bodies. On teams, you’ll work together to answer tricky, humorous questions about a cupid who pulls a Mike Tyson move, a sultry dog whisperer, slapstick with a lemon, an ancient game of wife swap, Toulouse-Lautrec’s “moodel,” Mischief’s bear hide, and much more.

You don’t need to know anything about art or the museum—or nudity—to play or to win.


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The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt

Brace yourself for the eerie side of art…

…on an ominous adventure at the Getty Center. Steel your nerves as you go in search of a musician who’s very a-flayed, a medieval Brady Bunch, a knight who can no longer lance a lot, people getting stoned (and not in a good way), the real Achilles heel, screamin’ demons, wagons of dragons, heads on platters, creepy kings, beauties with beasts, and proof that if it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it. After this twisted tour, you’ll never look at the Getty in quite the same way.


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The Cats vs. Dogs Family Scavenger Hunt

Purrfect for animal lovers

Kids and adults work together to chase down funny felines and kooky canines hidden in works of art throughout the Getty Center. As your team answers tricky, humorous questions, you’ll pawse to take in a horse masquerading as a Dalmatian, a cat and its owner in matching jewelry, howling hair-raising hounds, and nervous birds watching prowling pussycats. Those are just a few of the highlights on this hilarious hunt that’s great for birthday parties, camp outings, school field trips, and any other event where you want to get kids thinking, bonding, and laughing.

Recommended for ages 7 and up.


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