Scavenger Hunts at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Scavenger Hunts at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

The Virginia Art Museum Madness Scavenger Hunt

From ancient Egypt to modern-day America…

…you’ll explore the best of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts while seeking answers to tricky, humorous questions. On this unusual whirlwind tour, you’ll learn the secrets of a whip-wielding wild woman, a piano-playing pup, an elegant elephant saddle, an impish Impressionist, a tusk of love, a horrible hag who turns a skullcap into a cup, and gorilla (not guerrilla) warfare, to name just a few of the highlights.

Your team might tackle such questions as…

  • In the galleries of ancient Greek art, find a kid with a stick who looks ready to whack another kid holding grapes. But the item they’re found on isn’t interested in eating grapes: according to its Greek name, what does it want to eat? Answer: The kids are on the Asiatic Sarcophagus, and the label explains that sarcophagus is Greek for “flesheater.” Yikes!
  • In a gallery of 20th-century American art, find red and white stripes where you can get clipped for a quarter. Near “Chaplin,” what queen was exposed (so to speak)? Answer: In Evergood’s ‘Street Corner,’ a newspaper headline bares all (ahem) about a burlesque queen.

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary: the emphasis is on teamwork—and fun.

It’s a great game for all kinds of groups and occasions, from birthday parties to social and corporate outings.


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  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

The Murder at the VMFA Scavenger Hunt

Discover the art of murder

You’ll find yourself in the middle of a crime scene at the start of this game. A Watson Adventures staffer has been found dead in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and we need your help to catch his killer. Here’s your first clue: a star that the victim drew on the floor with his own blood. What does this macabre message mean? Find out and you’ll start to piece together the mystery of his double life—and possibly prevent a catastrophic international incident.

In your quest to solve the mystery, your team will uncover the secrets of this magnificent art museum, where surprising details turn out to be part of a cryptic code.

This is a great game for birthday parties and family get-togethers, or for alumni groups, church groups, and other social clubs looking for an entertaining activity that will get them conspiring, collaborating, and having a blast.


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