Think you know the Motor City? Test your knowledge of Detroit’s historic and cultural landmarks, while learning more about the new Detroit Historical Museum, during a 313 Scavenger Hunt!

Round up your friends, coworkers and family members who are history buffs and/or Detroit enthusiasts for a day of friendly competition, good food and great times from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. The afternoon of fun in the city links the new exhibits that are coming to the Detroit Historical Museum as a result of its Past>Forward campaign, to various prominent statues and landmarks in the D.

Starting at 11 a.m. at Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, 45 Monroe Street in Detroit, participants will have the opportunity to register as a team of three to five people, or solo and be paired with a team. Contestants will be asked to contribute a $10 suggested donation per person at the door, benefitting the Detroit Historical Society’s Past>Forward campaign.

Just over a year ago, the Detroit Historical Society launched the public phase of its $20.1 million Past>Forward campaign, an effort to renovate the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the Detroit Historical Society collections. The upgrades represent the first major renovations to the museum since the 1960s, and on Nov. 23rd, the Detroit Historical Museum will reopen to the public with free admission, allowing visitors to explore new and expanded exhibits, enjoy technology upgrades and experience new educational offerings.

Scavenger hunters will be released into the city at noon with an envelope of clues and a 313 Scavenger Hunt passport which must be stamped by a scavenger hunt staff member at each landmark. The first three teams to find all the landmarks and return to the cafe will be recognized for their speedy efforts with an assortment of prizes courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society and Hard Rock Cafe Detroit.

Additionally, upon registration each participant will be entered in a drawing for two grand prizes, including tickets to a Detroit Lions game and an exclusive sneak preview of the new exhibits at the Detroit Historical Museum.

“The 313 Scavenger Hunt is the Detroit Historical Society’s way of bringing the museum to the public, even while we’re closed for renovations,” said Bob Sadler, director of public and external relations at the Detroit Historical Society. “Each scavenger hunt landmark relates directly to our new exhibits and brings the history represented back to the streets of Detroit, where it all began.”

As an added incentive, Hard Rock Cafe Detroit will also offer food and drink specials to participants throughout the day. Scavenger hunters can enjoy $6 Bloody Mary’s from 11 a.m. to noon and a happy hour featuring half off draft beers, premium wines and malt liquors and $5 mini nachos.


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