PLYMOUTH - The Lock Museum of America opens for the 2018 season today. The museum displays the largest collection of locks, keys, and handcuffs in the world.
Many of the items were made in Connecticut, but also on exhibit are a 4,000-year old Egyptian wooden lock, a treasure chest from the Spanish Armada, and a cannonball safe that weighs 7,000 pounds.
On Saturday, the Lock Museum Adventure opens, said Jerry Milne, museum spokesman. “It’s a fun activity for friends, families and co-workers to decipher puzzles, riddles and codes to solve a mystery.”
Surrounded by thousands of antique locks, keys, and related items in the museum’s collections, participants ages 12 and up seek to solve “the Mystery of the Pharaoh’s Gold.”
Milne came up with the idea last year as a way to raise money and publicize the museum. It’s based on the concept of escape rooms, which are a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, usually during a set time limit, to unveil a secret plot hidden within the rooms.
He described it as “not a traditional ‘escape room’ where you are locked in a room, which some people may not be comfortable with. Players have all five rooms on the second floor to explore looking for clues to solve the mystery. We have had all kinds of groups from families with teens, to date nights, to girls’ night out, and everybody loves it.”
Milne said Nicolas Villagro, a STEM educator at the Connecticut Science Museum, liked the idea of the Lock Museum Adventure and asked him to speak about it at a museum educators’ conference called “Learning, Creating, and Having Fun: Museums as Social Hubs” at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.
The Lock Museum is located at 230 Main St., Terryville, and is open Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.lockmuseumofamerica.org or call 860-480-4480.
To make reservations for the Lock Museum Adventure, visit www.lockmuseumadventure.org .
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.