The Academy and the Wagner Free Institute of Science are partnering to present Broad to Schuylkill, a fun team-based scavenger hunt in which the tasks relate to the city’s cultural heritage, history, and architecture.
Teams of up to five adults will spend the afternoon of July 9 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, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Barnes Foundation, Franklin Institute, Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch, Penn Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and 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. Participants will not be required to pay admission in order to complete the challenges.
Teams can register up to a week before the event at $20 per person. Check-in starts 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.