Ok, I can admit from the jump that I don’t know Prospect Park well. As many times as I have been around it, I have never been inside to explore it. That’s where Museum Hack comes into the picture. Last Thursday, I was invited to join in a team scavenger hunt type of event in Prospect Park If you are a fan of the Amazing Race television show, you’ll understand that clues have to be found by teams all over a designated area to be first at the end of a quest and win the game. It was a sneak peek at the official event scheduled for June 3rd.
What Is Museum Hack?
Museum Hack is a company that hosts tours in some of the best museums around the country. The tours are unconventional, they are not scripted and fed to the tour guides. The guides are left to make them as interesting as they like, they can talk about lowlights and little-known scandalous facts to make the tours interesting for tour-goers. Also, Museum Hack organizes trust building events for work teams as well. here is the description from the Museum Hack website:
We began offering these unique experiences at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Today, we host hundreds of tours every year at museums in cities across the U.S. Our tour types include public, private and company team building. We also offer consulting for museums and corporations.
Our un-highlights tour puts an alternative spin on the museum, featuring other sides to the highlights we love, as well as some of the strangest, wildest, sexiest stories hidden throughout the museum. Each Museum Hack tour is customized based on the audience.
Why Was Prospect Park Chosen?
The park was chosen as the basis for the team challenge because we were given historical facts about the park and then given clues to complete the next challenge. We went all over the park into wooded areas I had never seen before to take pictures as statues of the park’s famous engineers, or to identify some of the local flora, or to recreate how the glaciers create the leveled land that is now the park millions of years ago. At each stage, we took pictures to show that we completed our assignments. There were five teams and a prize incentive to complete the challenge first, and that was a FujiFilm Instax Share2 printer. I didn’t win but that’s ok.
Can You Hack The Park?
This is something that I know I will want to do again even if you’ve never watched the Amazing Race and even though my teammate bailed on me at the last minute. If you don’t have a teammate, it’s ok you’ll get to meet the coolest strangers to team up with and help each other figure out the quests like I did. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon being outdoors and breaking the monotony of the office and meeting new people. The Museum Hack amazing race takes about an hour and fifteen minutes before your time runs out.
Have you ever participated in an event of this kind? If not, would you? Tell me about your adventure in the comments below. If you are in the New York area and are feeling like you are ready to get your life in Amazing Race style, the official kickoff for #MuseumHackAmazingRace is June 3rd and maybe I’ll see you there? If you are interested, you can find the tickets here.
Until our next rendezvous…