Scavenger Hunts at The Philadelphia
Museum of Art

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The Secrets of the Philadelphia Museum Scavenger Hunt

Discover the weird and wacky side of art…

…on a whirlwind tour of the best—and strangest—art in this amazing museum. Decipher clues and answer tricky, humorous questions as you travel across time and continents. You’ll explore such destinations as a French monastery, a Chinese palace, an Indian Temple, a Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen, a Japanese village, a medieval knight’s tomb, and the palatial rooms of European nobles, to name a few of the highlights.

Along the way, you might search for…

  • A Dutch master doing something fishy in one of his own scenes
  • A mule that might cry, “Hey, no smoking back there!”
  • A sweet drink with a rotten ingredient
  • A colonial version of a dribble glass
  • A dragon with horrendous halitosis

But no knowledge of art or the museum is required to enjoy the hijinks and perhaps even win: you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes.

Countless corporate groups have enjoyed this hunt as a team-building activity since we first offered it in 2004. A version for kids and adults to enjoy together has been recommended by GoCityKids.com. Suitable for ages 7 and up, it has proven popular with all kinds of groups, from teachers leading school field trips to parents looking for an unusual birthday-party activity.


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The Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

Greed, lust, pride, and revenge…

…are all possible motives for murder on this devious whodunit. The victim? A curator who knew too much. He left behind a trail of clues linked to secrets in paintings and other objects at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you realize that his death had something to do with the museum’s upcoming purchase of a Leonardo da Vinci painting.

Crack a secret code left in the victim’s personal calendar, decipher the mysteries in the museum’s art, and discover what drove one of the four suspects to commit murder. 


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The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

Dodge the dragons, mind the magic!

Embark on an enchanted field trip through the Philadelphia Museum of Art in search of art that will remind you of the characters, locations, and magical items in the world of Harry Potter. Armed with only your wits and your wand—er, pencil—you’ll find a powerful sorceress, a potions master similar to Snape, centaurs and other fantastic beasts, strange sharks and mermaids that look like they belong in the Triwizard Tournament, and frightening figures that could double as Death Eaters and Dementors.

Wizards and muggles (i.e., those who aren’t Potter buffs) can play and enjoy this game. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures; rather, references to the books and movies provide a surprising bridge to amazing art. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the museum.


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The Whodunit Scavenger Hunt

A murder mystery with even more of a twist

It’s your team’s task to stop a killer. How? By playing the diabolical scavenger hunt he created at the PMA. You’ll search the museum, answering tricky questions about surprising works of art along the way, and when the hunt is finished, you’ll learn the killer’s name, the weapon he used, and where he committed the dastardly deed. He’s toying with the police, and now he’s daring your team to try to catch him.

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary. You just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes.

We also offer a family-friendly version of this hunt for kids ages 10 and up. Each team must include at least one kid and one adult, with a maximum of six players per team.


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The Escape the Philadelphia Museum of Art Scavenger Hunt

Solve a puzzle, save your life!

You’ve been poisoned! And you need the antidote—fast. The only way to get it? By playing this game, created by the madman who dosed you, and coming up with the combination to unlock the box that contains the cure.

You’ll follow the villain’s diabolical clues through the PMA as you search for revealing works of art. You’ll also answer tricky questions about what you find, interact with our staff to tackle sneaky puzzles, and eventually crack a code. Sure, you can escape a room, but can you unlock the box and escape the museum? Your life depends on it.

No knowledge of art is required: you just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, a smartphone, and excellent teamwork.


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