Museum Scavenger Hunt



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A few years ago, I took my kids on vacation. One of the activities we did was to go to a museum. I came up with an activity that would help them pay attention and focus on the things they were looking at. My parents and sister and her kids went with us. This activity must have made an impression because 3 years later, my daughter and her cousin chose to do this same activity during Spring Break.


I gave each of the kids a 3X5 index card. Then I told them to write their first names vertically on one side of the card and write their last names on the back. Then as they wandered through the museum they were supposed to find items that started with the letters of their names.


It was a fun activity. I couldn’t believe it when the kids wanted to do that same activity for Spring Break this year. They had so much fun. They love spending time with their cousins. I was impressed that they were interested in learning about the things they found in the museum. Maybe the museum trip 3 years ago, helped them to increase their interest in this sort of thing.

How Creative can you get?

Sometimes it was hard and they had to get really creative. It is difficult to find items that start with certain letters of the alphabet. I was really impressed with some of the words they came up with, such as mahogany wood.


They loved seeing all the different telephones, as they were holding their own phones and tablets.


Another thing that we talked about as we went through the museum, was different genres of art. Some of them had been learning about it at school and so it was great to actually show them in a “real” setting. We played a game, and I would ask them to point to a certain type of art, and they would point to it. I would say, “where is a sculpture?” Then they would point it out to me. They saw landscapes, portraits, sculptures, painting, abstract, architecture, still life, etc.

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What else?

  • One thing that was interesting at this museum was it had portraits of “real” pioneers on the walls. My kids were able to point out their own ancestors. There were 5 different photos of their 3rd and 4th great grandparents.
  • If you are looking for a fun activity that doesn’t cost any money, then this is a great one. This activity is usually a no-cost-activity. I am sure that some places charge admission, and others ask for donations, but the museums we visited did not charge us to visit them.
  • My children also noticed the beautiful flowers and trees and area outside of the museum.


This museum scavenger hunt can be such a fun activity to do as a family. It can also be done at other historical or tourism sites. Here are the websites for the sites we visited.


Please leave me a comment and let me know of your experience doing this type of activity. Also, share any museums you have visited.

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