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Be a Real Sherlock Holmes at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

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The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) just announced a cool new experience opening this summer, the Puzzle Room: Quest for Conviction. The Puzzle Room will give groups one hour to search a simulation of the Museum’s Archives, solving puzzles, finding clues and creating a display of evidence to achieve conviction.

Opening on Saturday, July 15, visitors will go on a quest unique only to the Museum and its Collections to convict local 1910s dentist Arthur Waite for the famous Peck Murders in Grand Rapids. Inside the Puzzle Room, there are multiple challenges that take teamwork, communication and investigative skills to uncover, unlock and find the right pieces of evidence to convict the murderer before time runs out.

The murders may have never been solved, if it were not for a mysterious telegram that was sent to the Peck Family from New York, as Arthur and Clara transported John Peck’s body back to Grand Rapids. The deaths of John and Hannah Peck in 1916 made national headlines for Grand Rapids, as well as the trial and conviction of Waite.

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The Puzzle Room can accommodate up to groups of 10 for each entry. Admission to the Puzzle Room will be $10 for members and $15 for general public.

Puzzle Room experience is recommended for ages 12 and up, and for 3 or more participants. Puzzle Room experiences are available both during open hours of the Museum, as well as after hours. Visit to sign up your group today!

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