Home National museum “We completed the National Museum of Computing Escape Room with 3 minutes to spare” – Jenna Outhwaite

“We completed the National Museum of Computing Escape Room with 3 minutes to spare” – Jenna Outhwaite


The National Museum of Computing (TNMC) recently introduced an escape room experience to its museum.

Located in Bletchley Park, you have 75 minutes to complete the challenge after a 15-minute ‘mission briefing’.

The escape room challenge was quite the… well, the challenge – but we did it in no time.

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In a team of four – myself, Liam Ryder (my BuckinghamshireLive colleague) and two others – we were tasked with the 1940s escape room challenge.

It’s the perfect thing to do if you fancy a challenge or want to do something a little different.

Whether you’re halfway through the family or want to challenge your friends, this is a great team-building exercise.

How was the experience?

We were told in the brief that all of our evidence, which can be found throughout the museum, will be color coded.

After realizing that all we needed was orange, the search began.

We found an old-fashioned phone, a list of things to find, a strip of paper, and more.

We soon noticed that we had to call a specific number on the phone to find out the next step. This led us to find a destination on the map.

After heading to the specific room, we found more evidence, including another location to collect more clues.

As a house of code breakers, it was no surprise that we had to break many codes that would lead us to unlock the chest.

We scribbled, we calculated, we converted and followed confusing instructions (of course, it couldn’t be easy).

Excitement was high but very stressful as the clock was ticking. My heart was pounding and my brain turned to mush as my teammates seemed to have everything in hand.

After cracking a few codes, we realized we needed to crack a message that would tell us the code to unlock the chest – the end goal.

We were told we had about five minutes left and my team had lost where we were with the encryption (if you know, you know) which wasted a lot of time.

At that point, we had at least two digits to crack the code, so while my team worked like clockwork to figure out the rest, I made an educated guess and unlocked it. Just like that.

Everyone was so stressed they didn’t notice until I pointed it out.

With three minutes to spare, we managed to “escape” and collect our prize from the vault.

My success was based on a whim and I can’t say I’m disappointed as my team and I have worked hard to get as far as we have.

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