PHILADELPHIA, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute debuts this summer as the city's largest and most technologically advanced escape game experience—and a first for science museums nationwide. Designed by Steel Owl Games, creators of the famed game "Escape the 1980s," and developed in close collaboration with The Franklin Institute—Escape Rooms represent the museum's first venture into the world of reality entertainment and aim to provide an experience synonymous with the caliber of offerings presented by The Franklin Institute. Launching in June are two distinctly-themed experiences that transport teams of players into an Island Escape or an Intergalactic Escape.
Billed as the latest form of full-immersion reality entertainment, Escape Room games are live action puzzle challenges in which players use clues to discover how to escape a locked room in a set amount of time. Best experienced as groups, they encourage sound logic, critical thinking, extreme collaboration, and creative problem-solving. At approximately 4,000 square feet between the two experiences, Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute is the largest in Philadelphia, more than double the size of any other escape room experience. The launch of the escape room experience at The Franklin Institute also marks a nationwide first for science museums. Moving beyond the traditional escape room model, in which padlocks and other physical elements of the room are used to solve the puzzle, both experiences at The Franklin Institute are Next Generation Escape Rooms, incorporating a vast array of technology, offering superior quality and more effects—absorbing audiences in the atmosphere.
"This is a first for The Franklin Institute, and an extension of our initiatives to reach new audiences," said Larry Dubinski, President & CEO of The Franklin Institute. "Developing an escape game experience at The Franklin Institute allows us to blend the puzzle-solving challenges that carry a universal appeal, with the most advanced technology—all while encouraging critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills that are crucial in all fields of science."
Tickets are now available for the two escape room experiences: Intergalactic Escape opening June 14, and Island Escape beginning June 28. The experiences will be available through 2018 and beyond.
Intergalactic Escape begins with a journey through a wormhole into a parallel world led by none other than Captain Derrick Pitts, where everything is inside out and upside down. The success of the mission will restore the balance of the universe and change the course of the future. Participants of this thrilling adventure are equipped with wrist scanners that activate challenges and puzzles to complete their epic intergalactic quest. Fans of the sci-fi genre will appreciate the game's pop culture references inspired by films like "The Matrix," "The Fifth Element," and "Star Trek." Developed for players ages 13 and up, with a completion time of 60 minutes.
Designed with a whimsical and comedic narrative, Island Escape transports players to an eccentric billionaire's deserted island paradise where they are then tasked with completing a series of offbeat challenges to earn safe passage off the island. In this comic adventure, players are assigned unique roles like an entertainment director or movie star—and challenged to keep beach balls in the air, activate a blaring fog horn, and peddle a bike carousel. Designed for players ages 8 and up, with a completion time of 60 minutes.
Escape Rooms at The Franklin Institute
Does not include General Museum admission
Capacity is 14 people; with a minimum requirement of 6 people per experience.
Hours and Pricing
Wednesday-Friday, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Single Ticket $28.00
Saturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Single Ticket $28.00
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE
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SOURCE The Franklin Institute