Game On: Museum Hides 'Mystery Boxes' with Prizes
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh, on Sunday launched a public treasure hunt designed to herald the opening of the museum's Nature Research Center on April 20.
Museum staff have hidden 500 "Mystery Boxes" across Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Research Triangle Park and Chapel Hill to promote the center's Gala After Party being held on Friday, April 13, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Each box contains a QR Code on the inside lid that opens up to a landing page that describes what has been won. The box could also include discounts to the Museum store, $10 off at an area restaurant or a free pair of tickets to the After Party. Each box is held together by a band made out of "seed paper" which can be planted to sprout wildflowers.
You could find a box just about anywhere: on a street, park bench or inside a bus or restaurant. To find out where a new batch has been placed, you're invited to visit this link.
Earlier this month, the museum announced that the nature center will be home to four of the largest emeralds discovered in North America and gifted to the museum by an anonymous donor.
Following the center's opening ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m., April 20, visitors will be invited to explore the center's investigative labs and take part in hands-on activities, one of several Triangle-area events in April that offer kids and adults opportunities to engage in science fun. Learn more about other upcoming events, including the N.C. Science Festivalin this article.