Scavenger Hunts at the Field Museum | Chicago

Scavenger Hunts at The Field Museum

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The Field of Screams Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

A deadly game of cat and mouse—and dinosaurs

Something strange is afoot at the Field Museum. Staffers involved in acquiring a sacred Egyptian relic have been turning up dead. Is it the work of a serial killer? Or the dreaded Curse of Ahtchu? To solve the mystery and stop the killings, you’ll have to crack a hieroglyphic code, question a suspect, and uncover the museum’s secrets.

Along the way, you might…

  • Search an Egyptian tomb for clues
  • Interrogate spirits of the dead in the South Pacific
  • Scrutinize dinosaurs
  • Barge into a cocktail hour at an African watering hole
  • Find out what’s wrong with the man-eating lions of Tsavo

Those are just a few of the fun challenges on this hunt that leads you to the best of the museum’s exhibits. No knowledge of the museum or its contents is required—you just need a sharp mind and comfy shoes.


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The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt

Go on an eccentric safari…

…while testing your group’s ability to work together. You’ll trek from ancient Egypt to the Pacific Islands, from the tundra to the forest, from Tibet to the time of dinosaurs, all while answering tricky, humorous questions about what you find. No knowledge of the museum or its exhibits is necessary: you just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and great teamwork.

You might search for answers to such questions as…

  • In ancient Egypt, find “bowling pins” with the head of a human, a jackal, a falcon, and a baboon. They’re waiting for organ transplants. As a group, which organ would they reject? Answer: People preparing mummies discarded the brain of a dead person but put the other organs in canopic jars.
  • Play the Mating Game. You would say this place stinks, but some single males would call it a “hot spot for picking up ‘single’ females.” Who are these bachelors? Answer: Dung beetles, who meet on piles of dung.

And in case you were wondering, yes, we’ve left out some key ingredients to solve these puzzles. To get the right answers, you’ll need directions and other hunt clues.


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  • kids
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The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Have a Field day!

On this whirlwind tour of the Field Museum, kids and adults work together as they travel around the world—and back in time. You’ll follow quirky clues and answer fun, funny questions about the historical hilarity that you uncover. Starring: mighty mites, man-eating lions, amazing mummies, awesome antlers, shocking sharks, giant hogs, and Dr. Funkenstein. And watch out for the dinosaurs!

Recommended for ages 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.


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