Like a lightning rod for fun
You don’t need to be Ben Franklin to discover that the best way to explore the Franklin Institute is on this team-building scavenger hunt. You’ll follow a trail of tricky clues and answer humorous questions about the museum’s oddest and most fascinating exhibits.
Along the way, you might…
- Walk through a giant heart
- Investigate who caused a train crash
- Decipher optical illusions
- Uncover how the Wright brothers thwarted spies
- Penetrate the mystery of Foucault’s pendulum
- Discover the literally shocking reason Ben Franklin’s son lost his fingers
Those are just some of the highlights you can expect on a hunt at this massive museum known for its exciting, inventive, and interactive ways of getting people to explore all things scientific.
And don’t worry: no previous knowledge of the Founding Father or his scientific discoveries is necessary to play—or to be crowned the winner. You just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and excellent teamwork.
Team-building fun on a scavenger hunt in Philadelphia
On hunts for private groups, if you’re looking for an activity that makes many teams pull together, try the special Mixed Alliances Edition. Teams of three players will take turns collaborating with two or three other teams. They are competing against each other—but they must cooperate to win. Each player will interact with up to 11 other players during the hunt. It’s a great way to increase the interaction among players.
What happy hunters are saying
“Thank you for pulling the hunt together in 1.5 weeks for our group. We had SO much fun and thought it was a great team-building experience. The Hunt Hosts were very friendly, helpful, and accommodating to our needs. We arrived 15 minutes earlier than expected, and they were still able to form teams as we left the bus. I will be sure to recommend Watson Adventures in the future! Thanks again for such a memorable experience.” –An engineer in the pharmaceutical industry
Who’s killing museum staffers?
The Franklin Institute has become a dangerous place to work. Since the recent discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin, staffers keep turning up dead in their offices. This “infernal machine” has a strange past: Freemasons supposedly used it as part of a secret ritual. Now it’s up to your team of sleuths to figure out who—or what—is responsible for the deaths. Is it the invention itself? The fabled Curse of the Freemasons? Or a serial killer? Crack a code and uncover the Franklin Institute’s secrets to solve the mystery and stop this reign of terror.
Oh no, you’ve been poisoned!
But don’t panic! On this brain-bending scavenger hunt, you can find the antidote and save your life. The maniacal genius behind your poisoning has packed this game with puzzles that ultimately unveil the combination to a canister containing the cure. Never mind escaping a room—can you unlock the box and escape the Franklin Institute alive?
On teams, you’ll search the museum for secrets and answer devious questions about exhibits, find our staff to solve sneaky puzzles, and finally crack the life-saving code. You don’t need to know anything about the museum or about science in general. All you need is good teamwork, sharp eyes, and comfy shoes.
This is a great game for all kinds of groups, including those with too many people for typical escape-room games. And the game appeals to everyone—if you have group members who aren’t into puzzles, they’ll still have a blast uncovering fun, fascinating secrets in the museum.
Pint-size scientists are on the loose
Adults and kids are partners on this wacky trek through Philadelphia’s premier science museum. You’ll need Ben Franklin’s craftiness to search out answers to tricky questions about such things as a gigantic locomotive, an Air Force jet, a mad scientist’s electric device that you spark to life, a giant heart that you have to walk through, strange space suits, a real moon rock, and even Ben’s own inventions, including something that will get you across a lake in an unusual way.
This game keeps even the pickiest participants entertained and engaged, making it a great choice for school field trips, camp excursions, birthday parties, and more.
Recommended for ages 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.