Saturday August 9, 2008 / 2:00pmScavenger Hunt and Tour of Newseum with Post-Tour Reception
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
How was your experience?
This event was a HUGE disappointment on so many levels... To begin with, when we arrived at the Newseum, none of their staff seemed to have a clue about the event (I assume Professionals in the City did not properly inform the Newseum). They finally gathered several of us together until finally someone was identified who could help us. It turns out we were supposed to meet at the group entrance. At no time prior had we been informed on the meeting place. Once we made our way to the group entrance, we were greeted by one woman who was an event coordinator; she said we were waiting for the other coordinator / guide to arrive. She was late - arrived after the event was supposed to have started, at which time she informed us we would wait until 2:30 to get started (start time for the event was 2:00). While we were waiting, the late guide mentioned something about the reception afterwards - but really struggled to remember the name of the bar where it would be held and did not know what kind of food / drink specials we might get as participants in this event. At 2:30, we were divided into small groups and given the list of scavenger hunt items and told to meet back where we started in exactly one hour. No one in our group had a pen, so we had no way to record our answers, as pens were not provided with the answer sheet. The scavenger hunt questions related to rather obscure, useless facts about the Newseum itself (i.e. how many levels are there? how many pounds of artifacts had been moved to the Newseum by the end of 2007?) versus information about the exhibits. After answering one question about the 9/11 exhibit, my husband and I decided to bail on the event. We felt we really couldn't enjoy the exhibits while racing around to find useless, uninteresting bits of information. Apparently, according to the guides, 30 people had signed up for the event, but ultimately only 17 actually gathered to participate. My guess is that the other 13 gave up and left when they could not find the group. When we left the Newseum, we saw the guides out at the meeting place with 5-6 of the original participants, about 15 minutes after the scheduled end time. It seems we weren't the only ones who lost interest and went off on our own. We really enjoyed our trip to the Newseum because of the museum itself. We were, however, very disappointed in the scavenger hunt event.