Play Our New Game! “The Mystery of the Megatherium Club: Mustaches & Mayhem”

A new game is piloting this summer 2017 at the Smithsonian's Castle, “The Mystery of the Megatherium Club: Mustaches & Mayhem.” Sign up now!

Blue and pink graphic with magnifying glass, game title, and "The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt" badge.

We are pleased to launch a new live-play mystery based on the Megatherium Club, an actual group of young naturalists who lived in dormitories in the Smithsonian's Castle. Geared toward teen visitors (you must be 13 years or older to play), “The Mystery of the Megatherium Club: Mustaches & Mayhem” runs July 8th-Aug. 27th, with limited timeslots daily. Spend an hour with your friends or family investigating the Castle, solving puzzles, and following clues hidden by these mischievous former inhabitants of the Castle. Sign up now!

About the Game Development

The Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) and the Office of Visitors Services (OVS), with generous funding from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, developed the idea for the game in a series of human-centered design workshops with teens from the Washington metropolitan area. In conjunction with the game, OVS is kicking off its teen docent program, in which teens will serve as game masters throughout the summer. 

Smithsonian Explorers, The Megatherium Club About the Megatherium Club

Many scientists lived in the Smithsonian’s Castle in its early years. With the permission of Smithsonian Under Secretary Spencer F. Baird, but to the dismay of Secretary Joseph Henry, young naturalists lived in the building between exploring expeditions to remote areas of the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. The two founders were zoologist, William Stimpson, and naturalist, Robert Kennicott. 

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