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Match wits with the world’s most famous detective, tease out the cause of a Victorian-era death, use vintage photographs and postcards to reconstruct a family’s 1870s vacation route, and more—at Mr. Manship’s Mystery Rooms, from July 12 through 22 at the Manship House Museum. Up to eight people can work together to find hidden clues and solve a puzzle that opens the door, all within a half-hour time limit.

“During the Manships’ era, people devoured the detective novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and others,” said Manship House director Marilynn Jones. “These mystery rooms celebrate the genre today in a fresh and inventive way.”

The Sherlock Holmes Room is set in a Victorian smoking parlor. Designed for adults, this classic whodunit challenges participants to find clues around the room that will reveal the location of stolen jewels—and the identity of the jewel thief.

In Death in Victorian Mississippi, adult teams are challenged to enter a room of mourners and establish how the victim died, using only the items at hand to solve the case.

The Wonderland Room, themed after the immensely popular Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, has a beginner’s version for families and children thirteen and under, and an advanced version for ages fourteen and up.

The final puzzle room is based on a Manship family vacation to Europe. Ages thirteen and younger will sift through family memorabilia, letters, and journals, and use maps and a globe to trace the itinerary and find the Manships’ ultimate destination.

Take the room challenge for $5 (cash only) per person from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 and 20 or from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jul 22. Or come for free from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday, July 12-14, and 19-21.

To reserve your slot, call 601-961-4724 or email info@manshiphouse.com. Children ages thirteen and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Manship House Museum is located at 420 E Fortification St, Jackson, MS 39202.

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