Category: Case Studies

A Custom Day Of Team Building To Bring Harmony To An Unhappy Team

What do you do when you’ve got a team that has to work together but doesn’t like each other?

A large life insurance company based in upstate New York was having some trouble with one of their departments earlier this summer. The team of about 20 employees just wasn’t getting along; most of the staff members didn’t like one another and that was wreaking havoc on the office. Energy and morale were down, and it made going to work more of a chore for most of the team than the department’s managers wanted it to be.

So they gave us a call!

We were excited to put our methods of team building and bonding to one of their toughest tests yet as we went to work with this group. To combat the office unhappiness, we put together a full day’s agenda for the team designed to hit on their specific goals, beginning with our Storytelling Workshop and ending with a fun tour and Happy Hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Another team has a great time engaging during a storytelling workshop.
Another team has a great time engaging during a storytelling workshop.

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How We Designed Two Custom Last-Minute Scavenger Hunts To Bring Some Fun Into Long Days of Meetings

It’s no secret: we love scavenger hunts.

We think they’re an awesome way to highlight cool pieces in the museum while still being a pretty great tool for subtle team building. Our scavenger hunts are super customizable, making them the perfect candidate for an event that’ll check all the boxes on your team building needs and wants list.

This year, we were lucky enough to create two brand-new custom scavenger hunts in two locations we’d never offered tours in before.

Solar City's team gets ready to compete.
Solar City’s team gets ready to compete.

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Defining Home: How We Created A Custom Experience For A Luxury Brand’s Client

How do you define home? What does it mean to you? Maybe home is a small cottage in the woods with no neighbors in sight for miles. Maybe home is a luxury high-rise in a major metropolis or a three-bedroom, two-bath house in suburbia. Or maybe it’s none of those things at all.

The idea of home is an intensely personal concept and it means different things to different people. With all of the different ways to interpret it, it can be a challenge to determine how best to market products for the home.

Not long ago, we were approached by a business whose client was a large luxury company headquartered in France. Executives from the luxury company were coming to New York City for a three-hour meeting to connect over the latest market research. The presentation focused on the home luxury market; more specifically, the execs wanted to learn more about how millennials perceived the concept of home.  

An employee of the company giving the presentation had previously attended our VIP night tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and she loved it! After the tour, she reached out to say she hoped we’d be able to work together in the corporate world in the near future. About eight months later, we got the chance to put together an awesome brand hack not just for her company, but for their high-end customer.

Kate tells the story of a hotel in the NYC skyline.
Kate tells the story of a hotel in the NYC skyline.

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A Race To Find The Killer: How We Put Together A Custom Murder Mystery Team Building Event In SF

There’s a dead body inside the museum – and the killer is lurking somewhere among the art. 

At least, that’s the scenario we laid out for a group of 30 employees from an international software company earlier this year when they joined us for an awesome afternoon of team building in San Francisco.

Company leaders reached out to us a few weeks earlier, hoping to plan a fun event outside the office that incorporated company values and goals, and encouraged team members to work together, all while still having a super good time. They were especially intrigued by the idea of a murder mystery tour, and that’s how our two-hour interactive scavenger hunt and competition to find the killer was born!

A smaller team tries to solve a clue inside the museum.
A smaller team tries to solve a clue inside the museum.

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A Custom Scavenger Hunt Of NYC Streets

Often, our team building activities are held in museums across New York City, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. But “location: museum” doesn’t always have to be the case for us to put together an incredible team building event. We are just as at home hosting team bonding competitions in a company’s office, designing breakout games for conferences, or planning, designing, and executing an entire conference for your company.

We love facilitating conferences for other companies or industries, like this one we did for the Florida Museum of Natural History.
We love facilitating conferences for other companies or industries, like this one we did for the Florida Museum of Natural History.

A few months ago, the organizers of the EmpireJS conference asked us to create a custom scavenger hunt of the Financial District as the fun final event for their two-day convention. The conference planners wanted our help to end the workshops with a celebratory activity their guests, some 200 to 300 Javascript programmers from around the world, would really enjoy.

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NYC: Host Your Own Team Building Olympics In The Museum

Yogurt. Dogs. Technology. Beauty. Sports.

While these five things may not seem like they have much to do with each other at first glance, there’s one key thing that unites them.

They all have a rich, incredible history hidden in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

We’ve spent hours discovering the best-kept secrets of the museum’s halls. We put together a custom tour on the history of yogurt for Dannon, gathered the best stories about dogs in the Met for BarkBox, crafted a technology through time tour for Google, and dug up amazing medieval and modern beauty practices for Elizabeth Arden.

Recently, we decided to turn our attention to sports.

The inaugural archery competition at the First Ever Museum Hack Team Building Olympics.
The inaugural archery competition at the First Ever Museum Hack Team Building Olympics.

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A Custom VIP Networking Experience At The Met

Many of our custom company tours are focused on creating a memorable experience for that company’s employees with a healthy mix of team building, amazing stories, and fun. Just before the end of 2015, we were approached by UNICEF, who wanted to know if we could do something a little different.

UNICEF’s idea was to create an experience for their own guests, potential donors, and individuals from different foundations, including the Bill Gates Foundation. They wanted to bring these folks together to do something new, cool, and a little atypical as they got to know one another and the work that UNICEF does.

A group enjoys a tour with Museum Hack.
A group enjoys a tour with Museum Hack.

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Upgrade Your Leadership Skills In One Day With An Intensive Leadership Bootcamp

“I know that Museum Hack doesn’t just encourage people to fit into the Museum Hack mold so much as it encourages people to be the most interesting versions of themselves. That was very important to me in a workshop.”

Leadership isn’t one size fits all.

There are many ways to be a leader – some good and same bad – but we firmly believe that great leaders don’t have to be cut from the same cloth. At Museum Hack, we embrace different methods of leadership and want to enhance individual styles in our brand-new intensive leadership bootcamps.

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How We Story-Hacked A European Town

Cool stories are everywhere.

Museum Hack began because of our belief in the magic of storytelling and our willingness to dive deep to uncover the hidden, amazing tales that are beginning to be discovered if only someone would look for them.

We’ve used stories to craft our museum tours, put together incredible team building events, and teach companies how to use our techniques to boost their business and improve their onboarding processes. We’ve story-hacked conferences and entire brands, and created scavenger hunts on city streets and in historic New York City stores.

But never before had we done what we did last month: we hacked an entire European town.

A European town.

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