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Get 'Naked At The Getty' For A Valentine's Day Weekend Scavenger Hunt

Staring at some nudity (in animal form) on a Naked at the Getty scavenger hunt. (Mark A. King/Courtesy Watson Adventures)
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No, you don't actually have to get naked -- and you probably shouldn't. But the Naked At The Getty scavenger hunt, held this Valentine's Day weekend, means solving clues to find nude art around the esteemed institution.

It's run by Watson Adventures, which puts on scavenger hunts across the country in museums and historic neighborhoods.

While scavenger hunts in public places can sometimes mean playing it cool so that you don't get discovered by the establishment, Watson Adventures actually works with the Getty's group sales team. The museum fully knows the risque adventures you're up to in its halls. Still, be on your best behavior -- part of those good museum relations mean you aren't taking any crazy photos inside the galleries, and you're not actually trying to take anything. You'll have to play Thomas Crown Affair on your own time.

"It's more of an intellectual, fun way to see the museum -- a way to turn the museum on its end and see in a whole different, naked light," Rachel Duncan told us. She produces and manages the company's public hunts.

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You travel around the museum in groups of two to six people, seeking out nudity -- along with questions that may have a dirty twist to them, Duncan said.

Scavenger hunt hosts make sure everything is running well, check on teams throughout the hunt, and announce the winners at the end.

You won't win a cruise, but Duncan said that the winning team does take home medals to celebrate their victory. Your team earns points as you go, though Duncan said it isn't a race -- running gets you disqualified.

"We've balanced this over the years," Duncan said. "Our first hunt at the Met had something like 80 questions -- it's now down to a perfectly acceptable 32 for two hours."


Cosplaying for Naked at the Getty. (Courtesy Watson Adventures)

Creating an event like this is its own art, and Duncan shared a little bit of her process with us.

Even though the company is East Coast-based, Duncan came out to L.A. to write several of the local scavenger hunts.

"For an outdoor hunt, I tend to do a lot more research about the neighborhood and the history of the space before I go," Duncan said. "Museums are great because I walk around and go, 'I think that's fun,' and take notes -- then I write the hunt."

Some of the topics you'll be answering questions about in this hunt, according to Watson Adventures:

  • a cupid who pulls a Mike Tyson move
  • a sultry dog whisperer
  • slapstick with a lemon
  • an ancient game of wife swap
  • Toulouse-Lautrec's "moodel"
  • Mischief's bear hide
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Duncan first got involved part-time, an actress who took a gig hosting hunts -- but she fell in love with them.
"As I'd walk the hunt route, I'd be like 'Oh wait, this could be tweaked this way,' or 'this question's broken, but I found this next door in this room,'" Duncan said.

The secret to a good question, according to Duncan: that a-ha moment.

"We're not gonna lay it out for you -- we set up the joke, and let the answer be the [punchline]," Duncan said.


The Getty Center on Oct. 28, 2005. (David McNew/)

Only a limited number of tickets are available for this hunt, but there are other scavenger hunts at the Getty throughout the year. Some of the most popular ones are Murder At The Getty and the Wizard School scavenger hunts, according to Duncan.

For the Murder At The Getty hunt, you use questions to help solve a murder. The "Wizard School" clues reference a certain popular series of books and films, wink wink.

"So there might be a room with a carving of a centaur in it," Duncan said.

It's not just the Getty -- Watson runs other scavenger hunts throughout the city. Other upcoming hunts include the Thrilla At The Getty Villa and Murder At The Natural History Museum.

"It's a totally different murder -- eeeeeverybody gets killed," Duncan said.

There are even some culinary adventures with hunts like the Munch Around Downtown. You not only solve clues, but enjoy some delicious food as well.

"They're asked to pick up food in a couple different places, and get to enjoy some of the things that we've enjoyed as we researched that hunt," Duncan said.

Each location helps give the hunts their own flavor, according to Duncan. She likes that their hunts can help people to rediscover their own city. One that she thinks does that well is the Santa Monica Pier Pressure hunt.

"Even if you've lived in L.A. all your life, and even if you've been to the pier and all that, we're still going to show you some history and some things that you might not have noticed," Duncan said.

If you want to take your scavenger hunt to the next level, Watson also offers private hunts, as well as corporate events. That includes more traditional scavenger hunts where you get to collect things and take photos. They even create custom hunts, personalizing them for individual corporate clients.

There are three Naked At The Getty scavenger hunts over Valentine's Day weekend. You can find all the details and get your tickets for these and other hunts at Watson Adventures.