Originally created 07/27/06

Museum visitors learn during 'scavenger hunts'

The Augusta Museum of History has a new way for visitors to dig up information about one of its exhibits.

The Hunt for History with Time Travelers Mr. Peabody and Sherman from the Bullwinkle Show is a self-guided scavenger hunt that leads visitors through the Augusta's Story exhibit, which goes back 12,000 years.

Nancy Glaser, the executive director, said the scavenger hunt is a pilot project the staff plans to expand to other exhibits.

"I've done this before at other museums. I know it works," she said. "This is just a fun approach to seeing the museum. It gets (people) looking closely."

The scavenger hunt is for visitors ages 3 to 16 and offers four levels of difficulty.

There is a different color worksheet for each level, with questions on the back about the exhibit.

"We try to make it so that everybody does it and everybody likes it," Ms. Glaser said.

Level 1 questions relate to the color of the outside of the train and whether Princess Augusta is wearing purple in her portrait.

Level 4 questions are more detailed, asking things like the kind of material Thomas Galphin's ledger pages are made of and the rate of exchange between the Native Americans and colonists.

Patricia White, the director of membership and marketing, said visitors appear to like the scavenger hunt.

"Especially with kids," she said. "They love it."

"This is just the beginning. The scavenger hunt is free with museum admission.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.

Augusta Museum of History

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday

ADDRESS: 560 Reynolds St.

COST: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children 6-18 children, 5 and younger free

TELEPHONE: (706) 722.8454


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