SOLVE IT! MYSTERY TOWN IS AN EXHIBITION ABOUT THE ART OF INVESTIGATION. UNIQUE AND TREND-SETTING AMONG THE MUSEUM’S EXHIBITS, SOLVE IT! MYSTERY TOWN FEATURES CHANGING SCENARIOS THAT ROTATE.
These scenarios define the environments in which visitors pursue answers to questions that together reveal a completed puzzle. Designed to challenge the visitor’s problem solving abilities, Solve It! Mystery Town highlights skills central to the processes of fact finding, analysis and theorizing, including: evidence sorting and dating, measurement, examination and comparison of objects, density calculation, decoding, and bone identification.
Upon entering, visitors watch a brief orientation video during which the specific scenario and mystery is shared. With field notes in hand, visitors begin their investigation in various areas of the environment to gather and record their data. Multiple touch screen computers provide background information on relevant topics, activity “help” and an opportunity to file a “final report.” A wrap-up area highlights real-life “job descriptions” of investigators from different fields.
Solve It! Mystery Town is an interactive exhibit experience that invites visitors to join a team of archaeologists in solving mysteries. The science process comes to life in this immersive environment as visitors gather clues, search for buried artifacts, explore hidden chambers, and study real historical cultures. There are skeletal remains to examine in the Bone Lab, mysterious symbols to decode, old buildings to investigate, and DNA samples to analyze. As visitor-archaeologists record observations and develop their own theories about this mysterious town, they can present their conclusions for review by submitting an interactive Final Report to the scientists back at the lab. Solve It! Mystery Town brings science, history, and fun together in a one-of-a-kind exhibit experience.