mystery.jpgThe Museum Mystery


A new virtual museum is opening right here in Baton Rouge! The curator is collecting artifacts from museums around the world for a special exhibit. Each artifact chosen has been surrounded by a mystery. Your task is to select an artifact and write a mystery that includes the object.

Your Mission


Read a Mystery. Begin by reading a mystery set in a museum such as From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or The Great Googlestein Museum Mystery. Explore the museums from these stories: Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.

Choose an Artifact. First, explore museums and select an artifact of interest.
Second, use the Mystery Cube to help you create a plan for your mystery.
Third, add your story and a picture of your artifact to the wiki.
  • You must include characteristics of the artifact in your story.
  • You must provide a visual. It could be something you drew or a photograph of the original artifact.
  • You must link to at least two other artifacts in our class museum. For instance, if you're using a painting by Van Gogh, you might link to a painting by another artist. Or, if you're writing about a historical costume, you might link to other historical artifacts in the museum.
  • You must cite at least two sources where you learned about the artifact or the information connected with the artifact such as an artist, place, or time period.

When you're ready to share your story, go to your class museum and find your artifact.

Visit a Museum. Make a virtual visit to another museum (class) and comment on one of the artifact mysteries using the DISCUSSION tab. You might provide a suggested artifact link, piece of background information, or other ideas.

Extension. If you have time, create additional pages for the settings, objects, or activities.


For the Teacher

Developed by Annette Lamb and the teachers at St. James Episcopal Day School.