Scavenger Hunts | The Franklin Institute | Philadelphia

Scavenger Hunts at The Franklin Institute

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The Mad Science Scavenger Hunt

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.

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


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  • adults
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The Murder at the Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt

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.  


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  • kids
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The Mad Science Scramble Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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.


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