Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall leads unique Mystery at the Museum online ‘escape room’ event at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History

Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall leads unique Mystery at the Museum online ‘escape room’ event at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History

Free online event: 4 December, 7-8pm https://oumnh.ox.ac.uk/mystery

A one-of-a-kind, live-streamed adventure in Oxford’s Natural History Museum will provide participants of all ages with the most incredible, free online experience. On 4 December at 7pm, BAFTA-winning wildlife presenter and explorer Steve Backshall (Deadly 60Blue Planet Live, Expedition) will take you on a hunt for a missing exhibit in a unique, interactive puzzle challenge.

Devised by Backshall and escape room creators Agent November, Mystery at the Museum is a live, online event where participants are taken on a virtual behind-the-scenes adventure through the spectacular building of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. To save the missing specimen, online participants will help Steve (who will be physically based in the Museum for the event) solve a series of puzzles based on the Museum exhibits, learning about the natural world along the way.

Mystery at the Museum is free for all to attend online, and is designed to raise funds for the Museum’s ambitious HOPE for the Future project, to preserve the 200-year-old Hope entomology collection. Designated by Arts Council England as being of national and international importance, the Hope collection contains over 1 million British insects, from butterflies and beetles to flies and fleas. Under the HOPE for the Future project, insect-related teaching, outreach and events will inspire a new generation of scientists and increase public awareness of the climate and biodiversity crisis. Participants in Mystery at the Museum will be given an opportunity to donate to this exciting project during the event.

“This is going to be an interactive spook fest, as my online audience guide me around the Museum by night, solving puzzles and challenges, using their animal and dinosaur knowledge to help me,” said Steve Backshall. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see behind the scenes at the most atmospheric building in the nation, and have me completely at your command, having to do everything you say!!!!”

Mystery at the Museum is for participants of all ages with a passion for the natural world. It runs from 7-8pm on Friday 4 December 2020. No special equipment or software is needed to participate in the event. There are no limits on the number of participants, and tickets can be reserved up to the time of the event. More details and tickets at: https://oumnh.ox.ac.uk/mystery

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