Taking Team Building Outside The Museum

Carly Syms - Team Lead for Marketing & VIP Customer Service

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Here at Museum Hack, we love taking the traditional and adding our own unconventional twist.

A few months ago, we were approached by Gravitas, a top company in business IT infrastructure and support with more than 275 employees among their five international locations. Gravitas was organizing their company-wide quarterly Town Hall meeting and wanted to do something a little different. Gravitas executives wanted to host a great event to help bring their huge team together. The catch? They weren’t looking to bring the group to a museum; they wanted us to bring our team building expertise to a venue of their choosing to shake things up and help everyone have fun and connect.

Another group enjoys one of our favorite off-site team building activities.
Another group enjoys one of our favorite off-site team building activities.

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It took some time for us to put together the perfect custom event for Gravitas. We first traveled to their New York offices to meet with the company’s CEO and show off our storytelling and games. Though initially hesitant to work with us, skeptical that our eclectic mix of games would resonate well with their team, we met their doubts head on and crafted an event at which the entire team had a blast.

We designed a competition unlike any other: the Gravitas Olympics.

Small teams of four or five employees worked together to complete different games, activities, and challenges, all while accruing points. They competed in games like “Liar, Liar” (in which all team members tell a story about a time they failed royally, the team then votes on the best and memorizes it before they tell it to the whole group as if it was their own and the group votes on whose story they think it actually is), a photo scavenger hunt, and a four-person chair hack (team members sit on chairs and lay their heads in their partners’ laps in a square shape and then work together to support the group once the chairs are removed).

Converting skeptics into believers

The Gravitas group also worked with a musical director to create a polyrhythm together on drums and other percussion instruments, learning to play and hold two conflicting rhythms in their bodies, as well as hold these rhythms against their teammates’. By the end of the day, everyone was jamming in synchrony with other another, both musically and otherwise.

Despite their initial reservations about working with Museum Hack, Gravitas had a super successful Town Hall meeting! The event’s coordinator had this to say:

“Everyone had a really great time. Numerous people came up to me to let me know how much fun they had and specifically mentioned that they really loved the Museum Hack team!”

Whether inside or outside of a museum, we’re always ready to hack your event and prepare a custom set of activities matched to your company’s mission and values.

Do you have a company event you’d like to hack? We’d love to talk to you about our methods of supercharging events and customizing our tours for your team’s goals! Give us a call at 1-800-210-9676 or send us an email at [email protected]

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