April 8, 2009
You arrive in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Luce Foundation Center and are presented with a problem; the museum is haunted and we need YOUR help to banish the mischievous spirits. To do this, you need to complete three quests as part of our large-scale multimedia scavenger hunt, Ghosts of a Chance.
The Ghosts of a Chance game began last summer with a three-month-long Alternate Reality Game, or ARG, played online and on-site at various locations. More than 6,000 people from across the country participated. The game concluded with a giant, five-hour, multimedia scavenger hunt in the museum. Players had to solve codes, send text messages, find hidden treasure, interact with actors, and make objects. The final event created such an unusual and fun way to interact with the museum and its collection that we decided to do it again (and again!). Now, once a month, the ghosts reemerge and you are invited to help put them in their place by visiting the Luce Foundation Center with your cell phone. Groups of ten or more can also make an appointment for their very own ghostly experience. Are you brave enough to play?
If so, bring a text-enabled cell phone and a sense of adventure to the museum this Saturday, April 11.
- Ghosts of a Chance, ARG, Luce Foundation Center for American Art, American Art,
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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