Escape Room Experience

Open through December 15, 2019

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.”

How do we schedule an escape room visit?

To purchase tickets call the Museum at 402-472-2637.

Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance. At this time, we are not able to accommodate walk-ins.

The Escape Room is available for booking on:

Saturdays at 10:30am and 2:30pm
Sundays at 1:00pm
Thursdays at 6:00pm
Fridays at 3:00pm

Additional summer bookings available May-August:
Monday-Thursday at 2:00pm 

A minimum of four participants is required for the escape room. Participants will be notified 24 hours in advance if the minimum number has not been reached. You will then have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets to reach the minimum, reschedule, or receive a refund.

What if I want to book a time slot that isn’t listed?

Email us at morrillhall@unl.edu. We will do our best to accommodate your group. Requests should be made two weeks in advance.


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)

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be given within 24 hours unless the minimum number of participants required is not met. Rescheduling may be provided upon staff discretion.

Age limits

Participants must 14 or older to participate.


Photography is not permitted in the Escape Room. You will have a chance to take a group photo at the end of the experience.

If you have additional questions about the Natural History Mystery experience not listed above please call (402) 472-2637 or email morrillhall@unl.edu for assistance.