Let the hunt begin
A school trip to remember. Challenge your students with a puzzle-driven treasure hunt around the Victorian London galleries of the Museum of London.
Children will work together in teams of 2-4 to hunt for objects as they solve a series of riddles sent by our chatbot, discovering interesting artefacts and stories along the way.
This hunt, written in collaboration with an education expert, is based on the English GCSE syllabus. Students will see what life was like in Victorian London, and how that inspired the great works of literature they study.
Clues are presented in random order so teams can’t tail each other, and all clues are located within a small area so the children can be easily supervised.
You will need to contact the museum in advance to book a time slot in the Expanding City gallery, the Victorian Walk and the People’s City gallery.
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Frequently asked questions
Does our school need to notify the museum in advance?
Yes. You will need to get in touch with the museum and book a time slot for your visit.
How many students can play at once?
We suggest teams of up to 4 students. Most school hunts can accommodate up to 15 teams playing simultaneously.
How will students receive clues?
Each team will need to have a team leader with a mobile phone. Your students can receive clues via text message or by Facebook Messenger.
Is student's data kept private?
How are the clues structured?
The first part of each clue tells students where to look in the gallery, then what to find. The last part will be a specific question about the special object. After sending the right answer, students receive information about the object they have just found relating it to the school syllabus. They will then receive the next clue.
What happens if students get stuck?
Students can request hints by messaging "where" or "what". Teachers will be able to access an answer sheet.
Can teachers monitor school progress?
Yes. Teachers can see the progress, score and timings for each team.
Were teachers involved in making the hunt?
Yes. The hunt was created by Charlotte Bleakley, a secondary school English teacher. The hunt is based upon the GCSE syllabus. Breadcrumbs helped test and edit the clues.
How many people can play?
You can play alone or in a team. We recommend teams of 2-4 people. If you are a larger group, consider splitting into multiple teams. The clues in this hunt are presented in random order, so teams can play simultaneously without tailing each other. Each team will have a team leader that can send and receive clues.
How do I receive the clues?
You can choose to receive the clues via Facebook Messenger or SMS.
What happens if I get stuck?
If you need some help to solve a clue, we’ll give you some helpful hints. You can reply with "where" to find out where to go, "what" for a description of what you are looking for or "solve" to solve the clue and skip to the next question.
Can I book in advance?
Yes. You can book online as soon as you have chosen which treasure hunt to do. We’ll send you an email with instructions to start, and then you can start at your leisure, whether that is an hour or a year later.
Can I book for my corporate away day?
Yes. Book a hunt for multiple teams and you’ll be able to invite team captains whenever you are ready. As the organiser you’ll be able to see how each team performs, how long they take and how many hints they need, so you can turn it into a competition if you like!
Is there a time limit on the day?
There’s no time limit. Feel free to explore the museum at your own pace. Just make sure you check the museum's opening times before your visit and leave yourself enough time to finish the hunt.
What do I need to bring?
You just need a mobile phone with enough battery to last a few hours.
What happens after I sign up?
If you decide to play by Facebook Messenger you’ll receive a welcome email with a link that will take you to our chatbot. Our chatbot will then tell you the exact location inside the venue where the hunt starts.
If you play by SMS then you’ll receive a text message from our chatbot automatically.
Are text messages normal price?
Yes. Texting our chatbot is like texting a local friend. If you get text messages as part of your phone plan then it’ll be free to text our chatbot. You’re not charged for receiving messages.
Is it wheelchair accessible?
Check with the venue to see if they are accessible. Our routes tend to span the whole museum which can mean traversing a lot of stairs. Not all stairwells will have lift, so wheelchair users may have to find alternative routes between floors.