Scavenger Hunts | The National Museum of Natural History

Scavenger Hunts at The National Museum of Natural History

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  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt

From whales to insects, from mummies to diamonds…

The wonders never cease on this whirlwind tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. You’ll follow a trail of clues and answer tricky, humorous questions about what you find as you travel to China, Africa, South America, the Ice Age, ancient oceans, and beyond.

Along the way, you might discover…

  • A bird’s favorite booze
  • The least secure hiding place for the famous Hope Diamond
  • What town you should probably avoid during a meteor shower
  • How dental floss can help if you’re ever confronted with a bison

And those are just a few of the surreal secrets on this eclectic hunt. You don’t need any previous knowledge to triumph—you just need good teamwork and comfortable shoes!

We also offer a Kids Edition of this hunt, which has been recommended by Budget Travel and GoCityKids.com. Suitable for ages 7 and up.


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  • public
  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

The Murder at the Museum of Natural History Scavenger Hunt

Change of plans: you’re hunting for a murderer

This isn’t your ordinary scavenger hunt. A Watson Adventures staffer has been murdered, and we need your help to catch his killer. Before he died, the victim drew a star on the ground with his own blood. Figure out what that means and you’ll start to piece together the puzzle he left behind and uncover the secrets of his dangerous double life. And there’s more at stake than just bringing the killer to justice: your teamwork could prevent an international incident with catastrophic consequences. (No pressure or anything.)

While solving the crime, you’ll get a whirlwind tour of the National Museum of Natural History. You’ll gather evidence and answer tricky questions as you trek through China, Africa, South America, the Ice Age, a mine, ancient oceans, and beyond.

So, who did it? Was it the lion? The vampire? The mummies? A flossing bison, perhaps? Or just a homicidal Homo sapien? Anything could be a clue, and everyone and everything is a suspect.


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