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Anderson County Museum opens first escape room in Anderson

ANDERSON — The Anderson County Museum is about having fun as you learn the history of Anderson County and South Carolina. Director Beverly Childs joined the museum in January 2008 and her mantra then was the same as it is today – “we have to be in the entertainment business to survive. We have to think outside the box to bring people into the museum. Our museum is more than the past and our programming reflects that we are more than a history museum for our community. But once they visit, they won’t leave without learning some history!”

Childs has never been one to say no to an idea. She encourages the museum staff to try their ideas at least once. If it doesn’t work, tweak it and try one more time before discarding the idea. So when staff member Miranda Mae Hayes walked in her office and said “I have an idea for an escape room” she was told GO FOR IT!

An escape room is a puzzle that requires a team of people to solve. Hayes designed and built all the codes you have to crack to win. As an artist, Miranda understands space and as a graphic designer, knows how to build the pieces that make the escape room fun and exciting. She designed the museum room for up to twelve people to enjoy solving the cryptic clues.

Her first escape room is about Manse Jolly, a Civil War legend notorious for his outlaw lifestyle. In this escape story, Manse has stolen a box of money and valuables from a campsite full of army soldiers. He stashes the loot in his cabin and takes off. The soldiers are hot on his trail and are only about an hour behind. You and your team will have one hour to find the box and get out before the soldiers catch up with you. You will have to work together to solve the mystery and make it out with the loot and not get caught! Manse Jolly is very clever though; it won’t be easy!

Our goal is to have two more themes by the end of the year. The next one will be about the Anderson werewolf! Escape Room tickets are $10 per person. To reserve a group to play call Miranda Hayes at the Anderson County Museum 864.260.4737 or email You can also find information at or the museum Website

The Anderson County Museum is located at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Roper Research Room is open 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and by appointment with the Curator. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Museum at (864) 260-4737.


Beverly Childs
Executive Director – Anderson County Museum
D: 864.964.6556  C: 864.314.7256  ACM: 864.260.4737

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