NYC: Host Your Own Team Building Olympics In The Museum

Carly Syms - Team Lead for Marketing & VIP Customer Service

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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.

The history of sports is incredible. Evidence of competition goes back thousands and thousands of years, and we knew it was high time we explored what the collections of the Met had to offer sports fans – and the museum didn’t disappoint.

Sparking Creativity + Healthy Competition Among Your Employees

Earlier this month, we brought a company with close to 50 employees on our inaugural sports tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art! The group wanted a fun day out of the office that still promoted team building and communication. We optimized the tour to give them exactly that – an indoor field day full of amazing stories, team building activities, and a healthy dash of competition.

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Our guides began the day by sharing the weirdest facts and craziest stories they could find about the history of sports in the museum. We took the group to visit the first jock strap used in the ancient Greek Olympic games, shared the best way to shoot a bow while riding a horse, and taught them how to play an old Mayan game with no rules.

Mixed in with the stories were challenges designed to promote competition and communication among team members as we held the first-ever Art Olympics inside the museum’s halls.

The group participated in a fabulous photo challenge before we hosted a speed walking race, bubble gum blowing contest, and a medieval cover model competition. The top contestants went home with their own Olympic medals.

Check out the awesome pictures from our first Sports Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

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It was a fantastic afternoon of amazing sports history, team building, and competition all wrapped into one!

 

Are you interested in hosting your own Olympic Games inside the museum to spark your team’s creative and competitive side? Give us a call at 1-800-210-9676 or send us an email at [email protected].

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