Scavenger Hunts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Scavenger Hunts at The Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Madness Scavenger Hunt

Discover secrets and surprises in art…

…on a whirlwind tour that reveals the best of the museum. Your team will decipher tricky clues that guide you through the museum’s impressive galleries, in search of answers to fun, humorous questions about mummies, Old Masters, contemporary marvels, and more.

Your team might tackle such questions as…

  • What woman seems to be saying, “Leaf me alone!”? Answer: Daphne is turning into a tree while being pursued by Apollo.
  • Find someone who seems to tell her friend, “You’ll never get into the disco wearing those. They’re too short.” What surprisingly long item does she hold? Answer: A pipe, in ‘A Frankish Woman and Her Servant,’ where the women wear platform shoes.
  • Find what looks like the nudist colony from Hell (literally). What kind of “pantsed” professional is being welcomed to the club? Answer: In Hell, a soldier who has lost his breeches is clubbed by a demon in Cranach the Elder’s ‘The Last Judgment.’
  • Find a scene that might prompt you to say, “That’s quite a catch!” According to the label, what other menu option might be distracting the live creature? Answer: In ‘Still Life with Cat and Fish,’ a cat might be distracted by a mouse outside the picture.

Please note that we left out clues and directions in the questions above. The questions are designed so that you can find the answers only when you’re in the right spot and looking at the right thing. But no knowledge of art or the museum is required: you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes.

If you’ve been searching for a fun and unusual team-building activity, your search is over. Everyone from corporate colleagues to birthday-party revelers have enjoyed and raved about our group games that get even the pickiest participants interacting, bonding, and laughing.


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The Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

The body on the floor was no sculpture…

No, that was the Watson Adventures Hunt Host who was supposed to lead your group in a team-building game at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The only clue he left behind: the scavenger hunt he created for you. Oh, and the star he drew on the gallery floor with his own blood. Egads.

We think our colleague led a double life, and clues about what he was up to might be buried in the hunt. We need you to get into teams and do the hunt—and see if humorous details in great works of art throughout the museum actually provide evidence that points to who wanted him dead and why. Solving this crime might also head off an international catastrophe.

No knowledge is needed to get to the bottom of this mystery. You just need sharp eyes, a nose for clues, and a sense of humor.


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Escape the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

Only good teamwork will save you

Well, that and the antidote. See, you’ve been poisoned at the start of this game, thanks to a diabolical villain. He has created a scavenger hunt in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, involving quirky details in masterpieces and tricky, brain-bending puzzles. All you have to do is solve the puzzles and reveal a hidden code that will unlock a safe that contains the antidote. Oh, and he’ll give you just 90 minutes to do it.

Along the way, you’ll get a whirlwind tour of some of the museum’s most unusual objects, from an indiscreet ancient Greek sculpture to a modern painter’s view of Hollywood. No knowledge of art is required to survive this challenge. You just have to outwit an evil genius.

If you like “escape rooms,” but want to delight the people in your group who don’t love puzzles or being locked up in one room for an hour, this is a great crowd-pleasing alternative.


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