The National Law Enforcement Museum wants to give you $25,000. It’s enough money to take multiple amazing vacations, pay off a student loan (at least pay off some of a student loan…) or buy a car. It’s a lot of money. A (possibly) life changing amount of money. The only thing you need to do to enter, to get close to that pot of gold, is help them catch a criminal.
Or should I say, a crew of criminals.
The National Law Enforcement Museum is upping the interactive nature of their exhibitions with their brand new puzzle based game, Crimes (Un)Cased, which will run through October 6, 2019. Upon entering the museum, you’ll be given a case folder jam packed with questions and clues that will lead you to the names of a group of burglars (who love stealing from unwitting museums) ran by the enigmatic Queen of Diamonds. Using that case file, you’ll be lead on a wild goose chase throughout the museum.
There are word searches to get through, picture questions that compel you to dive into the museum’s video content and clues that require you to dig into historical events while combing through artifacts. Once you’ve solved the puzzles and figured out all five names, you can check your answers at the Judge’s Bench. If you’ve done everything correctly, they’ll take down your contact information and put you in the running to win the $25,000 reward. If not, it’s back to the drawing board. If you’ve been looking for a new way to learn and experience a museum, Crimes (Un)Cased is right up your alley.
Unlike some museums, there’s no extra charge to participate in Crimes (Un)Cased. You can get your group together and put your teamwork skills through the ringer without having to worry about the cost. And speaking of groups, we highly recommend you team up with the smartest friends you know (and maybe even start planning a fun way to split that prize money). Word searches and picture questions sound like the kind of puzzles you conquered in elementary school, but Crimes (Un)Cased is a little more in depth than that.
It took the BYT team two hours to get close to completing the puzzle, which involves really diving into the museum material (don’t worry about looking over all the exhibits before you start, this game will take you through everything). If you’re worried about it being too easy, don’t. It’s a solid mixture of easy questions that make you feel like you’re really getting somewhere, and clues that seem like they could go one of two ways. We spent a decent amount of time casually debating over which answer was right, which ended up being half the fun.
D.C. has a lot of incredible museums. No matter what subject matter you’re passionate about, there’s something here for you, but reading informational plaques and looking at artifacts can sometimes feel repetitive. The National Law Enforcement Museum’s Crimes (Un)Cased is shaking things up. It’s a new way to explore a museum and immerse yourself in its knowledge. And the $25,000 award certainly doesn’t hurt.