Regular readers will know that Museum Roulette is a game that the Cultural Wednesday family love to play (for a fuller description of the game take a look at my V&A Cast Courts post) and the V&A is one of our favourite places to play it.  Imagine our excitement when Breadcrumbs got in contact with us and asked if we would like to try out a treasure hunt at the V&A. YES we cried and scurried off to South Kensington.

Treasure Hunt

Everything is electronic on this Treasure Hunt, you go to the website, click on the trail that you want, pay £3.99 and choose whether you want the clues to come via Facebook messenger of text message.  If you need help you can ask for a clue or even for the answer.  We were taken on a meandering tour of the museum far away from the crowded main galleries.

The clues directed us to many objects that I have never seen before.   As we puzzled over the clues, lots of other fabulous things caught our eye.  You will have to guess which ones were answers to clues and which were chance discoveries.

Treasure Hunt

This rather fine lady is part of a tapestry showing a boar and bear hunt that was made in the early fifteenth century.  I rather like the expression on her face.

Treasure Hunt

We took my mother with us, so the clues had to appeal to everyone from eighty to the teens.  Everyone of us stood for ages gawping at this tiny book.  It is Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook.  He carried it around with him and wrote those words!

Treasure Hunt

My Mother found this chair very welcome in the furniture gallery.

Treasure Hunt

Sometimes it was the actual fabric of the museum that caused our jaws to drop.  This ceramic staircase was designed by Frank Moody and is simply a rather fantastic way for making your way from the ground to the first floors.

Stained glass showing a sleeping couple with a dog curled up on the bed. Tobias and Sara

Meet Tobias and Sarah from the Book of Tobit. Tobias arrives at the house of his kinsman, Raguel, who promptly gives Tobias his daughter to marry.  With this kind offer comes the warning that Sara’s seven previous husbands have been eaten by demons on the wedding night.  Tobias is not keen on this fate and with the archangel Raphael cooks up a potion to drive the demon away.  In order for the potion to work they have to wait three nights before they can consummate the marriage to ensure that the demon is dead. Here they are sleeping chastely.

Our treasure hunt took us four hours in total but we did eat lunch and enjoy tea and cakes in the magnificent cafe, as well as being distracted by things not on the hunt.  We asked for a few clues and were only truly stumped by one question.  Best of all we strayed away from the crowds and saw some amazing things that we would have otherwise missed.


  • Victoria and Albert museum is free, for opening times click here
  • Breadcrumbs Treasure Hunt cost £3.99 to download click here.
  • South Kensington is the nearest tube, there is a tunnel from the station to museum meaning no roads to cross and shelter from the rain.


  1. August 3, 2017 / 7:40 am

    That really does sound fascinating. A really interesting blog.

    • August 3, 2017 / 7:42 am

      Thank you, it was excellent multigenerational fun

  2. Susanna Bavin
    August 3, 2017 / 11:17 am

    What a fabulous idea. Full marks to whoever thought up this idea. I love your photos, Catherine, especially the one of that extraordinary chair.

  3. Kirsten Hesketh
    August 3, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    great post. I really want to do this now ….

  4. August 4, 2017 / 6:45 am

    What an absolutely superb idea! Love it – I want to do this for me really #culturedkids

    • August 4, 2017 / 7:24 am

      My mother and I had every bit as much fun as the boys!

  5. August 4, 2017 / 11:16 am

    That sounds like so much fun, especially for teens. Can’t wait to try this sort of thing with Freya.

    • August 4, 2017 / 11:23 am

      You’ll be treasure hunting in the blink of an eye

  6. August 4, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! What an awesome idea to visit a museum that way. The museum looks like something we would really enjoy too. Great pictures! We live in The Netherlands, so a bit too far away, but who knows, maybe we get so visit one day. #CulturedKids

    • August 4, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      Or maybe the developers will do one for a Dutch museum!

  7. August 4, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I have never been to the V@A museum and I have no idea why!! I must go! Thank you for the review. #culturedkids

    • August 4, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      If I had to choose it would be my favourite museum xx

  8. August 4, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    What a great idea. I’m all for anything that gets me away from the crowds and towards seeking out the obscure and diverse. The Da Vinci notebook is incredible and that chair is… um… bizarre (but I like it!). Great stuff – thanks for hosting #CulturedKids

  9. August 5, 2017 / 12:04 am

    What a great idea – sounds like a brilliant way to engage older children. What age do you think it would work from? PS – I love, love LOVE the V&A tiling! #culturedkids

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:01 am

      Tweens and up. I had never seen that staircase before, amazing when it so very bling

  10. August 5, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I love the V&A and this sounds like a great way of discovering different parts of it with the kids. I’m def going to look onto it. #CulturedKids

  11. August 7, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I have never been but this looks amazing and I love the idea of the treasure hunt too!

  12. August 7, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I spent a lot of time at the V&A making a documentary about silverware so it would be nice to explore more of the museum! #culturedkids

    • August 7, 2017 / 4:31 pm

      Would be nice, I remember those filming days and people would say wow Brazil how glamourous and you think hmmm yes cardboard box factory, a plane factory and a coffee roasters!

      • August 7, 2017 / 4:41 pm

        I totally get that! My highlight was a global documentary about accordions. Our destinations sounded glamorous but verged on surreal. I knew far too much about accordions at one point!

        • August 7, 2017 / 4:50 pm

          I look forward to heating all about them at BritMums!

      • August 7, 2017 / 4:42 pm

        But to be fair the V&A actually was quite glamorous in its own right.

  13. August 8, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    What a lovely museum! The treasure hunt sounds lots of fun and a unique way to explore and learn about the museum and its exhibits #CulturedKids

  14. August 11, 2017 / 4:22 am

    What a great way to enjoy a museum! I would like to do something similar with my family since a lot of the members do not like museums. This sounds like a good way to drag them with me. #FarawayFiles

  15. August 11, 2017 / 9:50 am

    The V&A is my favourite.I just love the side eye the woman in the tapestry is giving. Dont mess with her!!

  16. Clare Thomson
    August 11, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    This sounds like the most fantastic day, Catherine! I haven’t had a good root around in the V&A for ages. It’s full of so many amazing treasures. And what a brilliant way to see so many things on a hunt like this. I particularly like the stopping for tea and cake too. Culture and cake always go together so perfectly. A wonderful share for #FarawayFiles

  17. pigeonpairandme
    August 13, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I wonder what that tapestry lady was thinking. She looks fierce – or is it curious? #CulturedKids

    • August 13, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      I think fierce, you wouldn’t want to mess with her

  18. August 16, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    We love a great treasure hunt and this sounds great for leading to more observations of the place. #CulturedKids

  19. August 16, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    What a fun way to learn about a museum! And I love those stairs too! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  20. March 27, 2018 / 9:25 am

    What a cool idea! I have never been to the V&A, but it has been on my list for ages. After reading this post I feel I must visit next time I am in London.

    • March 27, 2018 / 9:33 am

      We all had a great time and we have an age span of 65 years!

  21. March 27, 2018 / 9:45 am

    I love the interior architecture! #citytripping

  22. March 27, 2018 / 11:54 am

    We’ll have to try museum roulette! Love your new email subscription xx

    • March 27, 2018 / 12:16 pm

      It is a fine game ….. works well in Selfridges too 😉

  23. katherinefenech2017
    March 27, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I’d love to do one of these treasure hunts, and I’m about to go to your other post to find out more about museum roulette as well. Bahaha, the look on the face of that woman in the boar tapestry is priceless. She’s got an “Aint nobody got time for that” expression happening. #CityTripping

  24. March 27, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Oh you are so singing my tune with this one Catherine – I’ve book marked this post for our next trip to London – I love the V&A anyway but thtis gives me the perfect excuse to return with the kids. We’re big geocache and treasure hunt fans too. Perfect. Love it! #citytripping

  25. March 27, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    I’d not heard of these before but they sound amazing, what a cool and fun way to explore a museum with your family, I will most definitely be checking this out. I wonder what other places you can do this? #citytripping

    • March 27, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Breadcrumbs do Treasure Hunts for the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Kew Gardens, the Handel and Hendrix House and the Imperial War Museum as well

  26. March 27, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    What a great idea to have the treasure hunt. I would love to do one of these. It certainly gives the visit a more interesting slant and draws your attention to parts you otherwise would have missed. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  27. March 27, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    What a fun game and a great way to keep kids entertained while in the museum! #CityTripping

  28. Trish @ Mum's Gone To
    March 28, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Now this is perfect for me – love the idea of clues and treasure hunts anyway but what a brilliant way to discover something new. I love your tapestry lady too – a very contemporary pose and expression.

  29. March 30, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Museum roulette — so fun! I have yet to go to the V&A, so I would love to get there, roulette or not! Another trip to London is in order.

    • March 30, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Always good to have an excuse to visit London

  30. March 30, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    What a fabulous way to while away an afternoon! I love the V&A, but this would be a fun new way to experience a visit there. #citytripping

  31. March 31, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I have been to the V & A myself, but never really considered it a place to take my child. This idea though sounds like a wonderful way to make a visit a lot of fun!

    • March 31, 2018 / 8:35 am

      When the teens were tiny visits tended to be short and focused on drawing what we found and cake in the cafe.

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