Keys to the City

Keys to the City: The Ultimate New York City Scavenger Hunt

When: Saturday, May 4, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Price: $50 per person


50 Clues, 2 Boroughs, 1 Grand Prize. How Well Do You Know New York?

It takes grit and determination to make it in New York. Do you and your friends have what it takes to hold the Keys to the City? Show us what you’ve got in this ultimate New York City scavenger hunt -- while helping us raise vital funds for the Museum of the City of New York! Afterwards, join us for a toast at our after party where prizes will be awarded from exclusive Museum tours to tickets to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and New York City Center.

Teams must register by May 1 at 11:59 pm.  

Make A Difference: 
Scavenger hunt registration fees and team fundraising efforts will directly support the Museum's mission of fostering understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. All donations from fundraising are fully tax-deductible.
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How It Works:

  • Teams of at most 10 and at least 3 players start from a location of their choosing to decipher clues to identify sites in the Lower East Side, Two Bridges, the Financial District, Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO. Any individual registrants without a team will be assigned to one

  • Clues are worth different point values depending on difficulty and distance

  • Teams must photograph all of their members at the clue sites and post their pictures to a team-designated Instagram account to earn points

  • Teams do not have to visit every site; rather, the objective is to earn as many points as possible in the allotted time

  • Afterwards, participants will meet at the Museum for an after party where winners will be announced and prizes awarded

  • Please have cash on hand – Bonus points may be offered at select sites and could include optional low-cost purchases

  • In case of rain – The scavenger hunt will be rescheduled to Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please note that no refunds will be offered if the event is moved to the rain date


  • Scavenger Hunt Grand Prize - A private gallery tour and reception for the team with the most points as well as Family Museum Memberships for each team member (valued at $150)

  • Scavenger Hunt Second Prize - Family Museum Memberships for each team member (valued at $150)  

  • Participant with the highest total donations – Four tickets to New York City Center’s Encores! performance of High Button Shoes on Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 pm 

  • Participant with the most donors – Four tickets to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

  • Additional fundraising prizes to be announced

Scavenger Hunt Timeline: 
Registration includes Museum admission

  • 10:00 am – Hunt begins when players receive the clues and instructions via email

  • 2:00 pm – Hunt concludes

  • 3:00 pm – After party at the Museum begins

  • 5:00 pm – After party concludes

Questions? Email us at
This event has a strict no refunds policy. All donations from fundraising are fully tax-deductible.

$50 per person
Includes Museum admission