Broad to Schuylkill, A Cultural Scavenger Hunt
June 7, 2016
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the Wagner Free Institute of Science will present Broad to Schuylkill on Saturday, July 9. This one-of-a-kind event is a team-based scavenger hunt in which all tasks relate to the city’s cultural heritage, history and architecture.
Teams of up to five adults will spend the afternoon conquering physical tasks, known as “challenges,” and answering bonus questions provided by organizations in and around the Parkway Museums District. In addition to the organizers, several organizational partners are providing challenges, including: the Association for Public Art, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the Barnes Foundation, the Franklin Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch, the Penn Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Rosenbach Museum.
Challenges will focus on public art, architecture, and the collections of partner institutions. For example, one challenge at the Free Library of Philadelphia asks teams to find and photograph specific items in the Music Department and Newspaper and Microfilm Center. Organizers will also include challenges related to team spirit and use of public transportation. Museum partners have agreed to provide challenges both inside and outside their buildings, but no participants will be forced to pay admission in order to complete challenges.
Teams can register up to a week before the event at $20 per person. Check-in will start at 11:30 a.m. July 9 at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where teams will receive their list of challenges. They will be released at 12:45 p.m. and have until 5 p.m. to gain as many points as they can by posting pictures to Instagram proving they have completed the challenges and writing answers to bonus questions on a question and answer sheet.
To qualify for prizes, teams must check in and turn in their question and answer sheets at Frankford Hall at or before 5 p.m. Frankford Hall is also the site of an after-party where organizers will announce winners. The top three teams will receive prize packs comprising items, tickets and memberships to participating institutions.
More information about the Broad to Schuylkill Scavenger hunt, including registration, can be found here on ansp.org.