ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY
Play if… you know the difference between impressionism and pointilism.
Avoid if… the thought of going to an art gallery bores you to tears.
Escape Artist DC:
Address: 720 I St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (click address for Google Map)
Contact and Website: 301-502-2043
The Room – Gallery Heist:
Description (from the company website):As well-known detectives, you are accustomed to solving mysteries. However, this one may have you a little stumped until you can unearth the clues.
A valuable painting has been stolen from the art gallery, right under the noses of daytime guards. It is up to you to crack the case and bring the culprits to justice. To make matters worse – the gallery manager, lackadaisical in his duties, does not check every room in the expansive gallery and locks you in. No worries, though. Your way out is simple: You just must find the missing artwork and figure out who stole it.
Feeling a bit dismayed? Just look around you. All the aesthetically appealing artwork is there to view. It is also there to tell a story. In fact, if you want to win your way out, the answers you need are embedded in the artworks themselves. Now get started: You are running against a clock!
Difficulty (1-10): N/A
Time Limit: 45 minutes
Cost: $20 (for adults; $16 with Student ID)
Party Size: 3-10
Staging Area: Decent sized waiting area with plenty of things to keep you occupied while you wait. FYI, to access the site you’ll have to go up half a flight of stairs. Then, to get to the actual escape rooms, another flight of stairs.
Metro Access/Parking: Eastern Market is a few blocks away. We recommend that or Lyft/Uber unless you want to roll the dice on driving and finding street parking.
This is the video we took before we entered the room:
This is the video we took just after we completed the room:
Note: The ERG were given the opportunity to try out this room for free, with the understanding that we would continue to provide an honest review and follow the same process we’ve used on all of our other ratings.
Description of the room: you enter what appears to be a small art gallery that has a trunk in the center of the room.
Understanding of the Mission: Search the gallery for the clues to find the missing painting and the culprit who stole it.
Did We Escape: Yes
Time Remaining: 6:40
Our Suggested Party Size: We were 3 people and didn’t have a hard time with this. We’d say 4-6 (at the higher end if you’re inexperienced).
Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes
Members of our team (other than the ERG): Heather
Worth the time and money? Yes.
Where to Eat/Drink Before/After:
- Ugly Mug – great house-made pizza and good drinks
- District Doughnut – Donuts. ‘Nuff said