Scavenger Hunts at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art

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The Met Madness Scavenger Hunt

See the best of the Met on our funniest tour!

Embark on this hilarious hunt with your team for a truly unique bonding experience. It covers almost the entire museum, so you’ll get to travel from ancient Rome to modern America, hitting Europe, China, India, South America, and more along the way. But no knowledge of art is required—in fact, it might be a hindrance!

On this art museum scavenger hunt, your team might…

  • Go to the dogs in a panoramic view of the Gardens of Versailles
  • Discover why Cupid could use some Pampers
  • Decipher graffiti on an ancient Egyptian temple
  • Spot Mick Jagger in a medieval stained-glass window
  • Find out what’s on the back of Van Gogh’s mind
  • Learn why Freud’s pudgy poser has Venus envy

And those are just a few of the highlights as you search for some of the museum’s most startling and surprisingly humorous works, often in galleries you never knew existed.

This hunt is the perfect way to bring people together and make memories as you bond over our entertaining challenges. It’s a great corporate team-building activity, birthday-party idea, social-group outing—you name it!

Hunts for private groups: more team-building punch  

If you 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?


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The Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt

Can your team solve this murder mystery scavenger hunt?

Fans of murder mysteries and The Da Vinci Code will enjoy this unusual adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, pride, revenge, and treachery—all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million-dollar purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

Even if you’re not a murder mystery buff, you’ll have plenty of fun spotting unusual details in art, piercing together the story, and laughing at some of the surprising discoveries. No knowledge of the museum or its art is required—you just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and good teamwork. If you’re looking for a shorter and easier hunt with a murder mystery, check out the Whodunit at the Met Scavenger Hunt.

What happy hunters are saying

“We had a fantastic time yesterday. Thank you for all your assistance! Our Hunt Host was a lot of fun and kept us interested in the story line—which is just juicy and scandalous enough to have kept everyone interested. We had a really great time as individual teams working together as well as competing against each other.” –Jessica Park, Office Manager, Black Mountain Systems


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The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards…

…on a magical trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. On teams, you’ll collaborate to track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, fierce knights in armor, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.

Not just a Harry Potter fans scavenger hunt

Both wizards and muggles (i.e., people who aren’t Potter experts) can play and enjoy this game. Everyone will discover unusual images that will surprise and delight. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures; instead, references to the books will provide a bridge to many surprising and spectacular works of art. It’s a great birthday-party activity for your favorite Harry Potter fan. 

Join us for a hunt for the general public on weekends (all-adult teams compete separately) or contact us about a private hunt for your group—and find more wizarding fun!


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The Whodunit at the Met Scavenger Hunt

A crazed killer is on the loose

And it’s up to you to stop him! The clever criminal has created a scavenger hunt at the museum, and if your team can solve its puzzles, you’ll discover his name, the weapon he used, and where he hid the body in the museum. The police need your help.

By following the trail of clues and answering tricky questions, you’ll narrow down the list of suspects, weapons, and possible crime scenes. Your goal: to provide the authorities with the evidence they need to catch and convict the killer. Can you figure out who dunnit?

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary. You just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. This hunt is an easier alternative than the more challenging Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt.


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The Escape the Met Scavenger Hunt

The good news and the bad news: you’ve been poisoned!

How is being poisoned ever good news? When it’s the premise of this wickedly smart scavenger hunt designed to test your mental mettle and build your teamwork skills. After being “poisoned” by a criminal mastermind, you’ll have to solve a series of puzzles to come up with the combination to a box that contains the antidote.

You’ll follow a trail of clues through the Met, searching for telltale works of art. Also on your mission: answering amusing and tricky questions about what you find, interacting with our staff to solve sneaky puzzles, and finally cracking the code.

No knowledge of art or the museum is required: you just need sharp eyes, sensible shoes, and excellent teamwork. Why get locked in a small room for an hour when you can explore the magnificent treasures of the Metropolitan Museum of Art?


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The Art Attack Scavenger Hunt for Kids

A fun way for kids to fall in love with art

Kids and adults go on an art adventure together on this child-friendly edition of our popular Met Madness Scavenger Hunt. On teams, you’ll travel through time as you search for answers to tricky, humorous questions about mummies, knights in armor, palace rooms, hidden gardens, and much more. No knowledge of the museum or art is required, but you’ll come away amazed at what you’ve seen and eager to learn more.

For ages 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa. This is a perfect activity for school field trips and summer-camp outings, and we can’t count how many birthday parties have enjoyed this hunt.

A special edition for younger kids

Children ages 6 to 8 can also get in on the action with the Met Detective Scavenger Hunt. They’ll use close-up photos of the weirdest, wackiest works of art to answer kooky questions about what they find. Every team requires at least one adult to help with walking directions while the kids keep their eyes wide open looking at the art.


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The Whodunit at the Met Family Scavenger Hunt

Solve a murder at the Met? Get a clue!

In this mischievous mystery, kids and adults team up to search great works of art to expose a killer. The villain has created a scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and if you can solve it, you’ll reveal his name, the weapon he used, and where he hid the body.

You’ll get images of suspects, weapons, and possible crime scenes that are all on display in the museum. By following the trail of clues and answering tricky questions, you’ll get closer and closer to solving this deadly puzzle, helping the police—and earning bragging rights for your team.

Discover one of our most popular Met Museum activities for kids

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary: just bring your love of mystery and your teamwork skills. This hunt is for ages 10 and up. Each team must include at least one kid and one adult, with a maximum of six participants per team.


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The Dancing Nudes Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

Based on a Sherlock Holmes story

It’s your job to solve a mind-boggling mystery on this scavenger hunt with a deadly twist. Wealthy businessman Hilton Cubitt has been found shot dead in his elegant home. Next to his body lay his wife, Elsie, unconscious and seriously wounded. Police plan to charge Elsie with murder and currently see her shooting as a failed suicide attempt. A week earlier, Hilton sought the help of the Watson Adventures code-breaking experts. Elsie had received e-mails containing images of dancing stick figures. They seemed to cause her great distress, but she insisted that they were meaningless.

The crime scene included a crumpled copy of a scavenger hunt involving nudes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Elsie works on ancient manuscripts as a cryptographer. We believe that the scavenger hunt is somehow linked with the dancing-figure e-mails—and we think these messages can prove that Elsie is innocent.

Who murdered Hilton Cubitt? What is the secret of the dancing nude figures? We need your help! See if your team of sleuths can figure out who dunnit by following a trail of clues through works of art at the museum and answering devilishly tricky questions about them. A woman’s life hangs in the balance—and you may be her only hope.


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The Met Madness Scavenger Hunt: Trivia Edition

The love child of a pub quiz and a scavenger hunt

You’ll need to show off your knowledge to prevail at this unusual game at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each question challenges your team to answer a trivia question, and that answer becomes a crucial clue to answering a question about an object on display. The trivia comes from movies, music, history, sports, science, books—you name it.

If you love a good pub quiz, you’ll love this hunt!

Knowing one of Lady Gaga’s hit songs could help you find out what’s going on in a painting of a sneaky card game. Remembering how many stars make up a famous dipper can help you track down a goddess getting a constellation prize. And can your team figure out what previous profession was shared by Stephen King, Sting, John Adams, Lyndon Johnson, and J.K. Rowling? That answer can help you spot French figures revealing a shocking schoolmaster tactic. 

Don’t know those trivia tidbits? That probably won’t stop you: If your team gets stuck, you can consult a smartphone—but keep in mind that the teams that get the answers faster will answer more questions and score more points.

This might be our most challenging hunt yet, so you’ll probably want to pack your team with up to six brainiacs.


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

Go on a sultry search for nudity in art

OK, put your clothes back on: it’s the art, not the hunters, that will be naked on this scavenger hunt. If there’s one thing artists throughout history have loved to depict, it’s nudes. But naked is in the eye of the beholder, and you’ll be amazed at the variety of ways nudity has been included or referenced in all kinds of art across the centuries.

On teams, you’ll follow a trail of clues through the galleries to answer tricky questions about the art you discover. You’ll scrutinize paintings, sculptures, sultry sirens, a literally bronzed Adonis, a medieval codpiece, an incontinent cupid, and a randy reveler who’ll make you exclaim, “I never sausage behavior!”

No previous experience with art, or nudity, is required. 


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The Fright at the Met Scavenger Hunt

Gaze at your own risk…

…as you explore the art of darkness while searching for skulls and skeletons, hideous monsters, severed heads, horrifying devices, mortifying martyrs, cold-blooded killers, freaky beasts, and other assorted ghouls in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Your skin might crawl…but your team shouldn’t if you want to win!

While private hunters can request this devilishly fun game all year long, it’s a particularly great group activity for Halloween. No knowledge of the museum is required—you just need a sharp mind and nerves of steel. 

To dress up or not to dress up? That is the question…

Feel free to come dressed for Halloween, but please note that the Met will not allow anyone into the museum wearing a mask or face paint.


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The Hunt for the Throne Scavenger Hunt

When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die

Thankfully, the stakes are a bit more forgiving in this team-building scavenger hunt inspired by the hit TV show and pop-culture phenomenon. Hunters will tackle Game of Thrones trivia questions, leading them to art that reflects the characters, locations, and themes of the show. You’ll encounter decapitations, tortures, earthly delights, sinister agents, and ancient weapons, as well as works of art that might call to mind Lannisters, Starks, and the dreaded White Walkers. Play well and you could claim dominion over all the land.

The Hunt for the Throne is designed for fans of the show. And like the show, this hunt is not for the faint of heart. It deals with mature themes and subjects. And remember: valar morghulis—but they can find more fun first!


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The Global Adventures Scavenger Hunt

Go around the world in 90 minutes…

…on a fun, funny scavenger hunt that turns the Met into IHOP—the international house of paintings, that is. You’ll discover how cultural diversity has inspired artists and enhanced life around the world and across centuries as you explore galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, South America, Africa, Polynesia, India, the Middle East, and Europe. If there’s a continent we’ve left out, it’s only because penguins have not yet made their mark on the art world.

You don’t need to know anything about the gumbo of cultures you’ll taste: the game is a test of teamwork, not knowledge. This is a particularly great activity if you want to increase an appreciation of global diversity in any group. 

Perfect for international groups!

The clues and questions on the hunt were crafted with international participants in mind, so people who speak English as a second language will be able to play. With enough notice, we can also have the hunt translated into the language of your choice.


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The Women of the Met Scavenger Hunt

Women rule the art world…

…on this whirlwind tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that reveals the many ways famous and formidable females have made history—and herstory. Your team will follow a trail of tricky clues and answer intriguing questions about paintings, sculptures, and surprising objects. Along the way, you’ll get to know the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Harriet Whitney Frishmuth’s divine sculpture, a Nigerian Queen, a cross-dressing rodeo hand, and more.

No previous knowledge of art or women’s history is required.


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The Cats vs. Dogs Family Scavenger Hunt

The cat’s meow for art lovers and animal lovers

Kids and adults team up as they chase down furry friends hidden in works of art throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You’ll search for misbehaving hounds, a silver wildcat from the ancient Middle East, a poor pooch serving as a seat, a ferocious feline from Peru, a disturbed dog witnessing a prank, an African dog acting like a horse, hungry cats eyeing birds, and a cranky kitty being teased by terrible tots. And those are just a few of the highlights. Whoever said curiosity killed the cat never went on this scavenger hunt!

Your pack will find their enthusiasm unleashed and their tails wagging. You’d be barking mad not to enjoy it.

This hunt is for ages 7 and up. Each team must have at least one adult.


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How To Find Your Dragon Scavenger Hunt

The Met is filled with dragons!

And we need your help to track them down. Kids and adults will go dragon-hunting together in search of Speckled Forktails, Black Grangles, Large-Mouthed Undertoads, sinuous Silvery Snarches, Long-Tailed Knight Terrors, Bearded Sticklebacks, Seven-Headed Reapers, and dreaded Hissing Halitosins. They are hiding in paintings, in statues, in armor, in jewelry, even in musical instruments—seemingly everywhere you look!

Fans of the How to Train Your Dragon movies will be surprised at the variety of winged wonders. That said, no knowledge of the movies, or of the museum’s art, is required to answer our tricky, amusing questions about the fiery friends you’ll find.

For ages 7 and up. Each team must have at least one adult.


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