Inside the World’s Craziest Scavenger Hunt

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It’s no secret that we LOVE scavenger hunts here at Museum Hack! We think scavenger hunts are a great way to get to know the people in your home, workplace, school, etc, better, while also having a blast. We’re always looking for inspiration for making our scavenger hunts bigger and better. To that end, today, we’re sharing about GISHWHES, which is…

… The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen!


GISHWHES is the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen. I mean, it’s right there in the name, folks!

Basically, thousands of people from over 100 countries across the world play GISHWHES every year. They form teams, either with strangers or with people they’ve known already, to create art, commit random acts of kindness, or attempt fun crazy challenges.1 Each team is competing for a chance at the ultimate grand prize!

To participate in GISHWHES, you can either form your own team or be added to an existing awesome team. If you make your own team, you’ll know the cool people you’re playing with. If you’re added to an existing team, you’ll get to make amazing new friends.

What Do You Do When You Participate in GISHWHES?

The GISHWHES challenges are kept tightly under wraps and released once per year. So, we don’t know what the coming year’s GISHWHES will bring!


That being said, we can take a look at earlier GISHWHES to get an idea. Past participants have had to:

  • Dress up as Flash!
  • Build crazy sculptures!
  • Create custom ice cream flavors!
  • Spread weird words!
  • Convince astronauts to take a photo with a sign featuring a team’s name!

Okay, so the last one didn’t really work out (Thanks a lot, NASA).

But, really, if you participate in GISHWHES, you’ll be asked to do a lot of fun, crazy things. The activities will get you out into your community and interacting with it in new ways.

What Can You Win From Participating in GISHWHES?

You’ll win the glory of having a great time with your team!


Oh, and if you’re in first place, you’ll win an all-expense paid trip somewhere around the world.

Why Are Scavenger Hunts So Awesome?

GISHWHES sounds awesome, right?

We agree.

Scavenger hunts are amazing ways to break out of your comfort zone and build camaraderie as a team. When you play connection games like icebreakers and compete in mini-challenges, you build rapport in an authentic and lasting way. Because of the highly customizable nature of a scavenger hunt, you can also design experiences that promote your company’s values and goals. For example, a recent scavenger hunt designed throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn featured stops that focused on leadership, based on the company’s goals. Participants said that the hunt showed them a new side of New York City and let them get to know their co-workers in the best way possible.

Interested in Designing a Scavenger Hunt of Your Own?

If you think a scavenger hunt like GISHWHES would be a great way to get your team to come together, then you’re in luck! We host custom scavenger hunts in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. To learn more about the experience, check out this page.

Have you participated in GISHWHES? What was your favorite part?

Are you super competitive in team competitions or do you prefer to chill with your teammates?

Tell us in the comments!

Notes 📌

  1. ”What Is GISHWHES?” Accessed 10 April 2018. Retrieved from
written with 💖 by Hayley Milliman

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