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Public Scavenger Hunts

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Explore Your City on a Scavenger Hunt

You’re not collecting objects (drop that pigeon!), you’re searching for answers to tricky, humorous questions that help you see a museum, neighborhood, or other cool place with new eyes.

Anyone can get in the game! The scavenger hunts take place on weekends and are played on teams of up to six people. No knowledge of any hunt location is required—all you need is a sharp mind and a good pair of shoes. More than 150,000 hunters served since 1999.

Advance purchase is required for all hunts. To purchase tickets online, select a city or a hunt and go to the hunt calendar. To purchase tickets by phone, call OvationTix at 866-811-4111 (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time). Please note that there is a $1 surcharge for phone orders.

Hunts for Corporate Team Building Hunts & Private Groups

Boost morale, build teamwork and have fun with your colleagues on our Corporate Scavenger Hunts.

Celebrate a birthday, have a party with friends and family, go on a great school field trip, raise money for a charity—our Private Group Scavenger Hunts are great for all occasions.

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Washington, D.C.

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Washington D.C. Is All a Gameon a Scavenger Hunt!

Explore Washington, D.C., on public scavenger hunts that reveal the best of such places as the White House area, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American History, the Air & Space Museums, the National Museum of Natural History, the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Georgetown, the National Zoo, and many more great locations. Plus special theme hunts feature gourmet food, ghost stories and haunted locations, and murder mysteries.

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New! The Murder at the Museum of Natural History Scavenger Hunt

    National Museum of Natural History
  • Adults

Can you deduce whodunnit? A Watson Adventures staffer has been murdered, and we need your help to catch his killer. Before he died, he drew a star on the ground with his own blood. What does this mean? It  […]

The Murder at the Museum of American History Scavenger Hunt

    National Museum of American History
  • Adults

Can you deduce whodunnit? Someone—or something—has been bumping off staffers at the National Museum of American History who were involved in the discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin. This  […]

The Murder at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

Can you deduce whodunnit? 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  […]

The National Treasures Scavenger Hunt

    National Museum of American History
  • Adults

If America had a giant attic... the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History would be it—and it provides the location for our most eclectic hunt. The galleries are packed with memorabilia  […]

The Whodunnit Family Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Kids
  • Teens

A crazed killer is on the loose! And it’s up to you to stop him! The killer has created a scavenger hunt at the National Gallery of Art, and if you can solve it, you'll discover his name, the weapon he used,  […]

The Animal Magnetism Scavenger Hunt

    National Zoo
  • Adults

If you can talk to the animals, you’ll be cheating ...on this hunt at the National Zoo. You don’t need to be a zoologist to win—you just need your wits and good teamwork to solve the tricky, humorous  […]

The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt

    National Museum of Natural History
  • Adults

Hunt for dinosaurs, diamonds, a flossing bison... stuffed tigers, live insects, a vampire, mummies, and a charred bone from a real murder mystery, all in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. On  […]

The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

    American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
  • Adults

Take an unblushing look at nudity in art ...at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Highlights include a tempting she-devil, an Eve who’d get you to bite an apple, a giddy drinker, native men with no need for  […]

The Haunted Washington Scavenger Hunt

    White House Area
  • Adults

BOO! Sorry to startle you, but you better get used to it if you’re joining this hunt, taking you to ghost-plagued buildings around and near the White House while learning the stories of the restless souls you  […]

The Secrets of Georgetown Scavenger Hunt

    Georgetown
  • Adults
  • Teens

See the best of Georgetown while uncovering amazing tales and nooks (but not crannies). One of the best things about this hunt is its variety, covering parts of the neighborhood’s three distinct personalities.  […]

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults
  • Kids
  • Teens

Like Harry Potter on a Hogwarts field trip ...you’ll explore the National Gallery of Art, in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be  […]

New! The Air & Space Race Family Scavenger Hunt

    Air & Space Museum, National Mall
  • Kids

Ready for takeoff? Kids and adults work together on this hunt exploring the best of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, packed with real-life propeller planes, jets, bombers and bombs, missiles and  […]

The Munch Around U Street Scavenger Hunt

    U Street Corridor
  • Adults

You can literally taste victory... as you see the best of the U Street Corridor while making stops along the way to sample tasty treats and discovering the rich history of this unique neighborhood. From the  […]

The Naked at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

Go on a sultry search for nudity in art ...at Washington's great National Gallery of Art. Every tricky question on this hunt involves nudity, whether you are looking for naughty nymphs, a sea-monster surfer,  […]

The National Treasures Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    National Museum of American History
  • Kids
  • Teens

If the United States had a giant attic, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History would be it—and it's an amazing location for a hunt. Kids and adults work together in search of Lincoln’s top hat,  […]

The Whodunnit Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

A crazed killer is on the loose... At the National Gallery of Art, and it’s up to your team to stop him! The murderer created a scavenger hunt that takes you through the museum, and when completed, reveals  […]

The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

Brace yourself for the eerie side of art ...on an ominous adventure at the National Gallery of Art. Steel your nerves as you go in search of a terminal toreador, haunting hunters, the charming scene of a  […]

The Secrets of Fell’s Point Scavenger Hunt in Baltimore

    Fell's Point, Baltimore
  • Adults

Explore Charm City's most charming waterfront neighborhood! Dating back to Colonial times, this charming Baltimore neighborhood offers an exciting mix of cobblestone streets, 19th-century buildings, historic  […]

The Fright at the White House Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    White House Area
  • Kids
  • Teens

Learn the creepy stories... of the ghosts who have roamed the halls of the White House and other buildings in the area, all while answering tricky questions about what is discovered along the way. Who knows,  […]

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How to Buy Tickets

  • Click the button below to see the calendar for this hunt. Pick a date.
  • Buy a ticket online or give us a call at 877-9-GO-HUNT, extension 22.
  • Look for an email with a link to your e-ticket.
  • Print the e-ticket, with meeting place info and bring it to the hunt!
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