Galveston County Museum: A Padlock Mystery: Keys to the Past

Galveston County Museum has launched a new interactive mystery game. A Padlock Mystery: Keys to the Past offers an exclusive opportunity to play a game while touring the museum privately. Registration is required.

“A Padlock Mystery: Keys to the Past" begins with a brief walk through of the museum, where players will notice treasure clues and treasure chests in most of the exhibits,” said Jodi Wright-Gidley, museum director. “Players begin the game and take about an hour to solve all of the riddles to open the treasure chests. They collect parts to create a replica historic contraption they assemble, learn to use, and then take home with them.”

On opening day, The O’Brien Family (pictured above) visited the Galveston County Museum to play the Padlock Mystery game. They gave high remarks to the creators of the game and reviewed it as “…just the right amount of history and challenge to make for a fun time for couples and groups of all ages!” The Galveston County Museum encourages all residents and visitors of the Island to reserve their timeslot now and join us for a mysterious journey through the past.

Register Now!

The game is available for registration through the end of the year, on the museum’s website, The game is recommended for ages 8 years old and up, but younger children are welcome with adult supervision. Admission is not charged at the time of booking your reservation. A $10 donation per adult in the group is requested via cash or credit upon arrival. The museum is inside the county building at 722 Moody/21st Street. Parking around the building is free, including the parking garage on 20th & Ball St. and the building is handicap accessible.

About Galveston County Museum

The Galveston County Museum cares for over 25,000 artifacts and archives. The vast majority of the artifacts have been donated by current and former county residents. The museum staff is always happy to talk with people interested in donating artifacts to the collection.

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