Museum Scavenger Hunts in Los Angeles

The Art Attack Scavenger Hunt at the Getty Center

  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

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.

Special versions to suit your group

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.

The International Edition is perfect for groups with participants whose first language is not English. And the Kids Edition is a great way to have kids and adults work together on a laugh-filled visit to the museum.

What happy hunters are saying about the Getty Center scavenger hunt

A 5-star review on Google: “This is my second time using Watson Adventures and again we had a blast! The first time we did the downtown Los Angeles movie hunt and this time we went to the Getty Museum. We had our team from China, Mexico, and some members that live locally that had never been to the Getty, so it was quite a treat for everyone. We had Joshua [the hunt host] again and we were so happy to have him. He has the best personality, and we all truly enjoy having him as our host.”

“Everyone had a great time; really enjoyed the hunt. We have a very competitive group, so that made it that much more fun; we had several groups who did their best to answer all of the questions. Plus many of us had never been to the Getty. All in all everyone had a wonderful time; I am certain this is something we would like to do again.” –a company in the music industry

“Things were great. Charlie [the hunt host] was excellent! I have nothing but high marks for the event, the process, et al. I believe the team experience mirrors my own.” —a global company in the food industry

“I could go on and on, but the one thing that just puts you guys over the top is your great customer service. From you to Charlie [the hunt host] to every interaction I have had with you guys, you have just been great.” —a global beverage company

This hunt has also 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.

Contact us to learn more about the Getty Museum scavenger hunt—and find more fun in L.A.!

 


The Murder at the Getty Scavenger Hunt

  • public
  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

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!

What are sleuths saying about the Getty murder mystery game?

“We had no idea what to expect going into the scavenger hunt and it ended up being a blast! It was a great excuse to all get together, have fun, and team build in a way that didn’t feel forced. And one of the best parts (coming from someone who coordinates a lot of events) was all we had to do in preparation was show up 🙂 ” —a corporate group

“Our team had a wonderful time, definitely recommending these hunts to anyone who asks. [Hunt Host] Joshua was also a wonderful emcee for our event.” —a streaming service

“We all had an absolute blast for the scavenger hunt!” —a market research company

A 5-star review on Yelp: “Looking for a fun and new way to explore some of LA’s most popular attractions? Then look no further and give Watson Adventures a try! A small group of friends decided to solve a murder mystery in competition with other random groups….As we were provided clues to follow and solve, we explored most of the different galleries at the Getty. I’ve never been much of a history buff but the clues basically force you to learn about the different artifacts throughout the museum…By reading the different placards our group was able to piece together a riddle to determine ‘who done it.’ I found the experience to be quite fun. Overall, this adventure was fun and entertaining. I could totally see a corporate event with Watson Adventures. Looking forward to my next Watson Adventure!”

Click below to see the schedule of weekend scavenger hunts for the public, or contact us to learn more about a private murder mystery scavenger hunt at the Getty for your group—and find more fun in Los Angeles!


The Murder at the L.A. Natural History Museum Scavenger Hunt

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  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

The Police Have Made a Disturbing Discovery at the Natural History Museum of L.A.

…and you’re at the center of the crime scene. Help them figure out who killed a Watson Adventures staffer who left his secrets hidden inside a tricky scavenger hunt.

A Watson Adventures staffer has been murdered, and it’s up to you to find the culprit. As you investigate, you’ll learn the victim’s dangerous secrets and try to head off an international incident that could have deadly and far-reaching consequences.

Along the way, you’ll also uncover the museum’s secrets—from dinosaurs to diamonds, planets to penguins. Highlights include Megamouth the shark, a life-size African watering hole, Zuni fetishes, unusual moments in California history, and much more.


The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Getty Center

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  • private
  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

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
  • characters that will remind you of Hagrid and Snape and other Hogwarts faculty members

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.

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.

What are people saying about the Wizard School hunt?

A 5-star Yelp review: “Love love LOVE Watson Adventures! Whether you’re a tourist or LA native, it’s an exceptional way to discover different places in Los Angeles. I’ve done the Harry Potter hunt at the Getty, which was a blast and also great for kids….Very well organized and fun group of people at Watson Adventures. Hope to do more in the future. Keep up the great work!”

Another Yelp review: “We participated in the Hogwarts scavenger hunt, where clues take you to different places around the Getty. It’s great for groups and for families with little children. All the children seemed like they had a blast and were so much more competitive than the adults….Some of the clues are pretty challenging—we didn’t get some of them correct. However, we had a good time and I’d definitely go to another of their scavenger hunts.”

Use the button below to join us for a weekend hunt for the general public. Or contact us to learn how to book a private Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for your favorite Harry Potter fans—and find more fun in L.A.!


Escape the Getty Museum Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

Solve puzzles—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 a diabolical villain. He wants to see if you can ultimately decipher a mystery message that will reveal how to get the antidote. Sure, you can escape a room, but can you escape the Getty Center?

While you follow the clever clues, you’ll explore the nooks and crannies of the Getty Center, searching for specific works of art. Your team will be challenged to answer tricky, humorous questions about the startling details you find. You’ll also need to master a bonus challenge with the Hunt Host 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?

Join us for a weekend game for the public, or contact us to learn more about private games for groups—and find more puzzle-loving fun in Los Angeles!


The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

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.


The Brain Squeeze: A Trivia Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

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.


The Cats vs. Dogs Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • private
  • kids
  • indoor

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.


The Fast & The Curious Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

Start your engines!

Get your team in gear for a wild ride through the Petersen Automotive Museum. Even if you’re not auto-obsessed, you’ll enjoy this adventure that reveals the funniest, craziest, most jaw-dropping secrets of cars, from the first steam-powered giants to the latest hydrogen-powered wonders.

Your team will follow a trail of clues that leads you to objects on display and then answer fun, funny questions about what you find. And because this is Los Angeles, the collection features quite a few cars from the big and small screen that you’re sure to recognize. But don’t worry—no knowledge of cars is required to take the checkered flag.

Your team might search for…

  • The Pantera that Elvis Presley shot when it wouldn’t start—check out the bullet holes!
  • The Batmobile from the recent movies and the Batcycle from the 1960s TV series
  • A Jaguar outfitted with missiles for a Bond villain
  • Races and chases from the Keystone Kops to Dick Tracy
  • The MotoCam camera bike used in Terminator 2
  • The three-wheel car that turned out to be a scam
  • The ten-step instructions for starting a Model T (“Note: middle pedal operates reverse gear and right pedal operates brake.”)
  • The DeLorean that went back to the future

You’ll also stretch your creativity in Team Photo Challenges as you interact with the exhibits and even get behind the wheel (where permitted, of course).

Contact us to learn more—and find more fun in Los Angeles!


The LACMA Mania Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • indoor

LACMA is currently undergoing major renovations, making our hunts unavailable. Instead, consider our hunts at the Getty Center or, just across Wilshire from LACMA, the Petersen Automotive Museum

The wildest way to see amazing art

You’ll search high and low in the varied buildings of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, taking a trip through history and cultures. The LACMA has the most eclectic collection in town, so there’s something for everyone—from ancient Egypt to modern California, from the Italian Renaissance to the Harlem Renaissance, from delicate, quirky Japanese netsuke to big, bold sculptures by Rodin and contemporary artists.

Along the way, you might discover…

  • A boy engaged in fowl play
  • A goddess who’s gone too far with the SlimFast
  • A Mexican warrior who gives new meaning to the term “fashion victim”
  • Kittens hitching a ride with a famous sailor
  • A campy celeb who said oui, oui to a famous French painting

You don’t need to know anything about art to answer the questions—you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes.

What players are saying about the LACMA scavenger hunt

A 5-star review on Yelp: “Great activity for Corporate Team Building. We did our hunt at LACMA for a group of 17. We broke into three groups and had a ton of fun, learned a little, and spent a lot of time bonding as teams. The hunt questions were clever and entertaining. Our host, Joshua, was helpful and friendly. The overall experiences with Watson Adventures was professional and easy to work with. I would recommend them. Our entire group—all 17—spoke positively of the event and how much fun we had. 100% home run for a diverse group of people working at different levels in the organization.”

Many a corporate group has enjoyed this hunt as a team-building activity. The LACMA itself even commissioned us to create a hunt in 2018 for Free-for-All Day.

Contact us to learn more about our scavenger hunts at LACMA and other museums—and find more fun in L.A.!


The LACMA Mania Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • private
  • kids
  • indoor

LACMA is currently undergoing major renovations, making our hunts unavailable. Instead, consider our hunts at the Getty Center or, just across Wilshire from LACMA, the Petersen Automotive Museum

Adults shouldn’t be the only ones having fun!

A kids’ version of our popular LACMA Mania Scavenger Hunt is also available. On teams, kids and adults work together to answer the clever, funny questions and race to the finish line.

It’s a crowd-pleaser for even the hardest-to-please kids (and adults), making it a terrific choice for birthday parties, school field trips, camp outings, family reunions, and many other group activities. Recommended for ages 7 and up, with at least one adult per team.


The Murder at the LACMA Scavenger Hunt

  • public
  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

LACMA is currently undergoing major renovations, making our hunts unavailable. Instead, consider our hunts at the Getty Center or, just across Wilshire from LACMA, the Petersen Automotive Museum

This game will keep you guessing till the very end

At the start of this scavenger hunt, you find yourself smack in the middle of a crime scene at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A Watson Adventures staffer has been murdered, and it’s up to your team to catch his killer. Here’s your first clue: before he died, the victim used his own blood to draw a star on the ground. What was he trying to tell us?

As you solve the puzzle he left behind, you’ll learn about his dangerous double life—and try to prevent a catastrophic international incident. You’ll also uncover the secrets of the museum, finding details in art that turn out to be part of a cryptic code. The fate of the free world may depend on your team’s ability to decipher the clues and work together.


The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

Go on our most surreal hunt in L.A.

On this whirlwind tour, you’ll see almost the entire Natural History Museum—from dinosaurs to diamonds, planets to penguins. Your challenge: follow the clever clues and come up with the right answers to fun, funny questions about the objects on display. Highlights include Megamouth the shark, a life-size African watering hole, Zuni fetishes, unusual moments in California history, and much more.

This game is a fun, weatherproof team-building activity for companies in nearby downtown L.A.

You might tackle such questions as…

  • A crystal ball leads you to the House of Bling. / Much in here makes you sing ch-ching / But a girl’s best friend is the thing. / Who gave her maid of honor that fabulous ring? Answer: Catherine the Great of Russia gave her maid of honor a diamond ring.
  • Out of the Hall of Africa dark / In a long and woody bark / Peek at the fish snaky and snark. / Where did it get bit by a shark? Answer: The tail of the oarfish shows a bite mark from a shark.
  • Now celebrate statehood, the romance and the gold, / Where under the trellis, Dona might grab ahold, / And a drink could make you a criminal, tipsy and bold. / What does a fool never change, or so we are told? Answer: His mind, according to the ‘Unemployed Vigilante’ newspaper.

Puzzled? No worries: we left out some essential clues and directions. The questions are designed so that you can find the answer only when you’re in the right spot and looking at the right thing. You don’t need any previous knowledge to triumph—you just need good teamwork and comfortable shoes.

A Kids Edition of this game is also available for mini archaeologists. If you’re looking for something different and fun for a birthday party, school field trip, or camp outing, you’ve found it! Recommended for ages 7 and up.


The Secrets of the Getty Museum Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • private
  • kids
  • outdoor

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 for adults, but made kid-friendly and designed to entertain and engage young and old alike.

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 game has been recommended by such family-activity experts as GoCityKids.com.

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.

Contact us to learn more about the Getty Museum scavenger hunt for kids—and find more fun in L.A.!


The Thrilla at the Getty Villa Scavenger Hunt

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  • private
  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

Go roamin’ for Romans…

…at this museum that re-creates an emperor’s villa. It’s a magnificent setting for a scavenger hunt that takes you back to ancient Greece and Rome. You’ll follow a trail of clues and collaborate to answer tricky, humorous questions about the most surprising and unusual aspects of gods, goddesses, warriors, philosophers, nymphs, satyrs, mummies, and the inventors of the toga party.

No knowledge of the museum, its exhibits, or ancient life is necessary. You just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and good teamwork.

The Getty Villa is a great place for an out-of-the-ordinary team-building activity, a birthday party, or other social-group outing. A Kids Edition, for ages 7 and up, is available for school field trips and any other occasion where kids and adults want to have fun together.


The Whodunit at LACMA Scavenger Hunt

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  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

LACMA is currently undergoing major renovations, making our hunts unavailable. Instead, consider our hunts at the Getty Center or, just across Wilshire from LACMA, the Petersen Automotive Museum

Solve the mystery—stop the killer!

Take a leisurely tour of the museum another time. Right now, there’s no time to waste because a killer is on the loose and it’s up to you to stop him. This diabolical mastermind created a scavenger hunt to taunt the authorities, but they’ve reached a dead end (so to speak) and need your help. Follow the clues to examine all kinds of art and answer tricky questions to suss out the murder weapon, the location of the body, and the killer’s identity.

This game isn’t as challenging as the Murder at the LACMA Scavenger Hunt, so it’s a particularly good choice for team building with mixed groups. A Kids Edition, for children ages 10 and up to do with adults, is also available.


Escape to the Museum Virtual Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

Visit museums across the country—virtually!

Discover odd and unusual art and artifacts on this unique museum virtual tour. Tricky, fun trivia questions provide clues that lead you on a quest to explore 16 online museums of all kinds, all over America. You’ll pick your way through virtual galleries and historic locations, in search of amazing masterpieces, startling artifacts, dinosaurs, famous people, and more, earning points for uncovering humorous details, all without leaving your comfy chair.

No previous knowledge is required. You just need sharp eyes and great teamwork on this adventure. Thanks to video conferencing technology and our custom game app, people at home can play along with a Watson Adventures host, work with teammates, and have fun together. This game sends you searching for the strangest and funniest details in art hidden on museum websites.

Special editions for private groups

  • Want your colleagues to mix more during the game? The Mix & Mingle edition rearranges the teams at “halftime” to increase the number of people players interact with during the game.
  • The International Edition is great for groups seeking online ESL games.
  • If your group is up for a challenge, try the Brain Squeeze Edition, which adds devilish trivia questions to the clues.
  • Or if you’re an educator looking for online classroom games, consider the Kids Edition.

Want to see more of a particular city’s best museums and landmarks? Escape games for New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Texas, and Washington, D.C., are also available. If your group includes people from a variety of countries, whose first language might not be English, check out the Around the World Scavenger Hunt.

Contact us to learn more—and find more fun working at home!


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