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Natural History Mystery Escape Room Experience:  Dr. Barbour & the Devil’s Corkscrew



Step back in time to the 1890’s where you and your group will try to help Nebraska Museum Director Erwin Barbour lay claim to the discovery of the world-famous Agate Fossil Beds. During his first fossil collecting expedition, Barbour was fascinated and distracted by strange, ten-foot-tall spiral sandstone formations known as the “Devil’s Corkscrews”. Preoccupied with the weird corkscrews, Dr. Barbour missed out on the discovery of a lifetime at Agate.

Your group will have one hour to rewrite history by searching Dr. Barbour’s workroom to uncover clues, solve puzzles and decipher codes. Surrounded by vintage lab equipment, real fossils and other authentic natural history objects, your unique escape room challenge is to find the professor’s field book and missing Agate fossils.

 This ticket experience is presented in conjunction with the new temporary exhibit the “Museum Builders” which tells the story of two remarkable men, Erwin Barbour and Charles Morrill, who built a Grand Museum in Nebraska.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

The escape room can accommodate up to ten people per game and lasts approximately one hour. You may choose to purchase the entire room for your group or purchase individual tickets. If you purchase individual tickets you may have a shared experience with other museum visitors. A minimum of four participants is required for the escape room to run.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. You will be given a brief introduction to the escape room, safety rules, and the accompanying exhibit “Museum Builders.”
UNL Students $15.00/person Includes 15% off museum gift store (day of program only)
Member price $15.00/person Includes 15% off museum gift store (day of program only) in addition to members 10% off
Public price $20.00/person Includes museum admission and 15% off museum gift store (day of program only)