Congratulations: You’ve been poisoned!

That’s the bad news at the start of this scavenger hunt. The good news (sort of) is that the evil genius who did this is challenging you to solve a series of puzzles to come up with the combination to a box that contains the antidote. Sure, you can escape a room, but can you unlock the box and escape the East Building of the National Gallery of Art? Your life depends on it.

You’ll follow the villain’s diabolical trail of clues that leads you to explore the visually spectacular East Building, searching for telltale works of art in galleries that feature eye-popping 20th century art. You and your team will have to answer devilishly tricky questions about secrets in the art—a wacky Warhol, a mind-bending Magritte, a daffy Duchamp, a quirky Calder, a puckish Picasso, and more. You’ll also interact with our staff and tackle sneaky puzzles to crack a code. Think your team is up for it?

Don’t be daunted! No knowledge of art or the museum is required: you just need sharp eyes, comfy shoes, and excellent teamwork. Why get locked in a small room for an hour when you can see wild and wonderful art in the angular, breathtaking East Building of the National Gallery?

Participants will need their own smartphones to play. Click on the button below to see the hunt schedule—and start sharpening your wits!

Watson Adventures is not affiliated with the National Gallery of Art, which does not endorse or recommend this event. Admission to the National Gallery of Art and all Gallery-sponsored events is always free.