Saturday’s torrential downpours may have kept many people home for the day, but a handful of area information professionals, myself included, made it out to another DC/SLA 75th Jubilee event. The Watson Adventures scavenger hunt at Smithsonian National Museum of American History was a fun way to exercise our sleuthing skills and to get a chance to learn about some of the hidden gems in the collection.
When the scavenger hunt kicked off, we were split into several teams that would be competing against one another. (My team was “Rick’s Rovers”). Each team had 2 hours to find the answers to 30 questions/clues about the museum. I’m not at liberty to give details about any of the clues, as these are well-protected secrets of Watson Adventures. I can tell you that there were some very challenging clues, and what we were looking for was often well concealed. The devil was in the details and the hints were often riddle-like. When the answer wasn’t obvious, we had to talk through our thought processes and deliberate on our speculations – just the type of teamwork and problem-solving that I enjoy.
We were certainly not the only people in the museum. The building was a major attraction to thousands of tourists that were trying to keep dry. The steady flow of foot traffic created an obstacle course as our group flitted about the displays. I was initially worried that we wouldn’t have enough time to answer all the questions with all the maneuvering around the crowds, but we finished with about 20 minutes to spare.
The DC/SLA teams were up against some stiff competition; another group won first place, but the info pros scored very well and were very close behind.
The scavenger hunt was a fun way to experience the museum. We didn’t have time to take in every detail, but I was able to make mental notes of some of the displays that I’d like to revisit.
Luckily, the rain let up enough for our walk over to Elephant & Castle afterwards, and we were able to reward ourselves with a nice big dinner.
You can read about past Jubilee events here.