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A Pre-Valentine’s Day Adventure-The Murder at the American Museum of Natural History Scavenger Hunt.

by Naima Sanowar

in Lifestyle

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The best way to spice up a relationship , is to add a dose of adventure! Over the years, The Epicurean Man and I , have planned out some cool activities that included other couples.  We have gone to off the beaten path galleries, learn about wine on a vineyard, white-water rafting, to name a few. This past Saturday, the weekend before Valentines, my dear friend Nicole and her Hubby ( who live upstate) came to spend the weekend with us, without their two girls. We planned an adult weekend involving activities, cocktails and dinner.

Last year, the Hubby and I did this fantastic scavenger hunt with another couple, friends of ours, Dorka and Jason. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided why not do something fun, competitive and perfect for couples to do together, than another scavenger hunt. Watson Adventures hosted this Saturday ” The Murder at the American Museum of Natural History,” I knew Nicole and John would love to do this with us.

Super excited, they went online to check it out, ” was it mentally and physically taxing?” Well, yes but so much fun and we all had competitive personalities so I knew we would work well as a team. Our house-guests arrived late Friday night, we headed to the kitchen , sat around the dining room table and polished off two bottles of red wine. Loads of laughs, catching up on our lives, it was such a lovely start to our weekend with friends.

Saturday Morning, I prepared a yummy brunch of eggs, bacon, fresh croissant from our neighborhod French bakery. Karate Boy, entertained us with tales of Star Wars and Lego building. My lovely babysitter Tamara arrived around noon and we were City bound to The  American Museum of Natural History, for a scavenger hunt adventure. 


 Someone, or some thing, has been bumping off museum staffers involved in acquiring a sacred Egyptian relic. Is it the dreaded Curse of Ahtchu? Or is a serial killer on the loose? Your team of sleuths will have to crack a hieroglyphic code and uncover the museum’s secrets to stop the killings. Warning: this is one of our most challenging hunts. We strongly recommend hunting with a team of three or more. If you sign up with fewer than three people, we suggest pairing up with others at the start of the hunt to form a larger team. Adults only.”

And so we were off, up against 12 other teams, some consisted of two, some of eight, ours which we named ” Scotch on The Rocks” were four. Questions in hand, two and half hours to solve the murder, we were whizzing through the museum frantically, following the locations given to us and solving the clues one by one. They ranged  from easy ( can be solved in less than five minutes), to pretty darn hard ( up to 10-15 minutes). We had twenty questions to answer to get the clues needed to solve the murder. We worked so well together us four, of course I was annoying my three, crime solving team members with my photography…but some-one had to document the day, and I was still able to contribute to solving the clues. It was the most fun ever, it got beyond hectic at the end,  racing through the museum, to the meeting place, where  all the teams met and had to solve the murder in the 10 minutes they gave us. We prayed not to be LAST! Anything but last place….

Scotch and The Rocks, we tied for FIRST PLACE!!! Woo Hoo, we could not believe it, and we were so excited. I was screaming very loud, I was told, though I have no memory of this. Happy, tired, a bit drained, but overall so proud of our team, tied for first place. We jumped in the car  and off we were , too well deserved cocktails and dinner… 

“Bring your posse, or come solo and be assigned to a group. Everyone gets a test booklet and an answer sheet. The hunt is challenging (good luck finishing on time) and competitive (it’s one step shy of paintball). Don’t expect to study the art too closely. Do expect funny stares from other museumgoers.” There are many different  hunts to choose from, in many major cities.  

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John Ellis February 7, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Nicely done Niama! Thanks for the weekend blast.

Naima Sanowar February 7, 2011 at 1:38 PM

You are so welcome John, it was such a fabulous time. can’t wait to plan the next adventure.


Kirstin February 7, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Oh my goodness, how fabulous is that!
And it looks like so much fun…..

Naima Sanowar February 7, 2011 at 7:25 PM


It was a blast, second time around, first was a Murder at The MET… this was a bit harder and super competitve… we loved it. A must for you guys.


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