If you’re tired of the same old routine of dinner and a movie, then try something new. How about experiencing an evening of fun, laughter, fright and more? The Philadelphia area is lucky to have multiple events to bring out your inner detective and test your sleuthing abilities while enjoying a great evening. Be sure to check out one of the unique events!

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Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 W Tulpehocken St
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 438-1861

Price: Vary by event
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If you want a unique theater experience in a Victorian-era setting, then the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is the place to go. Built in 1859 in Germantown, the Victorian Mansion resides in what is known as the Tulpehocken Historic District and is the only house museum that focuses on the Victorian period in Philadelphia. The Mansion hosts the murder-mystery “The Borden Tragedy,” where guests travel from room to room to interact with actors, find clues and murder weapons and try to solve the murder by sleuthing who killed Lizzy’s parents. Can you solve the 120-year-old mystery? Come out for a try.

The Mansion is accessible by public transportation (Chestnut Hill Regional Rail or H or XH buses).

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Bistro Romano Mystery Dinner Theatre
120 Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-8880

Price: $45.95
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Bistro Romano in Society Hill is host to an awesome night of murder, intrigue and mayhem. You are the detective who must unlock the mystery and figure out who the murderer is. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres in the piano lounge. Next, as you enjoy a four-course dinner, the actors mingle and drop clues to help you solve the murder. Do you have what it takes to decipher the clues and uncover the mystery? Find out!

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Watson Adventures: Murder at the Philadelphia Museum Scavenger Hunt
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(866) 811-4111

Price: $38.50 includes admission to the Museum of Art
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Want to enjoy an adult-only event? Watson Adventures has teamed up with the Philadelphia Museum of Art to bring you an intriguing event held at an awesome venue. It seems that a curator of the museum has been murdered, and the murderer has left clues that are connected with secrets in works of art. This is a “sordid tale of greed, lust, pride, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million-dollar purchase of a Leonardo da Vinci painting.” Watson Adventures suggests you work in a team of at least three in order to solve this complex crime as you unravel the clues to discover whodunit.

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Fisher’s Tudor House
1858 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
(215) 244-9777

Price: $46.99 includes dinner, show, tax and service charges
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Fisher’s Tudor House began as a seafood house in 1961 and has evolved into a premiere location for various types of events.  Fisher’s has been hosting dinner-theater events for quite some time. The dinner-and-a-murder shows are regularly performed by Without a Cue, who have been producing murder mysteries since 2002. Located in Bensalem, Fisher’s is easy to find at the corner of Hulmeville and Street Roads. With a covered parking garage, Fisher’s is a great place to dine and experience a show.

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Peddler’s Village – Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater
Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant 
Route 202 and Route 263
Lahaska, PA 18931
(215) 794-4051

Price: $51.95 includes dinner, show, tax and gratuity
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Spend the day at Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, and enjoy the evening dining at the infamous Cock ‘n Bull restaurant to top off your day. You will experience murder, mayhem and delicious food, all in one sitting. The show is performed in the downstairs private room and attendees must be 18 years old or over. You get to enjoy your choice of three entrees, coffee, tea and dessert, and a cash bar is available. For reservations call (215) 794-4051, as no online reservations are available.

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