Make History Fun Again: Using Escape Rooms to Educate

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At Unlocked History Escape Rooms, our foremost passion is creating unforgettable fun. Our mission revolves around delivering the most enjoyable and engaging experiences around. In line with this commitment, we’ve dedicated ourselves to infusing history and education with fun. When we launched our venture back in 2018, our vision was clear: to weave the vibrant tapestry of local and American history into every facet of our escape rooms.

Situated in Charlottesville, renowned as the hometown of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, our city plays a pivotal role in early American history. Consequently, numerous schools choose to visit Charlottesville on field trips, seeking a firsthand connection to this rich heritage. It brings us immense joy to host many of these school groups year after year, enriching their educational journeys through the immersive adventures of our escape rooms.

A Unique Experience for Charlottesville Field Trips

Imagine this: Your school field trip commences with an enchanting journey through history, where you explore the hallowed halls of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or wander the serene landscapes of James Monroe’s Highland home. Lunchtime becomes a delightful nod to the past as you savor a colonial-style feast at the iconic 18th-century Michie Tavern, complete with the finest fried chicken you’ve ever tasted. And to cap off this extraordinary day, your students find themselves transported back in time, immersed in the pulse-pounding excitement of an Unlocked History escape room that transforms history into a thrilling adventure. It’s an unforgettable field trip that promises to captivate students, whether they’re avid history buffs or simply in search of a good time.

Unlocked History Escape Rooms
A look inside our Thomas Jefferson themed escape room: The British are Coming.

So, for teachers and educators planning a visit to Charlottesville, we extend a warm invitation to join us for an exhilarating escape room experience. With the capacity to accommodate up to 25 students per hour (as of 2023), our escape rooms are the perfect destination for class outings, field trips, and educational journeys that blend learning with unbridled excitement.

A Custom Experience for Local Schools’ Field Trips

For our our schools in and around Charlottesville, we’ve got a special offering in store for your school field trips that goes beyond the ordinary. As the owner of Unlocked History Escape Rooms, I, Phil Riese, am eager to bring a touch of real-world expertise to your classroom either before or after your exciting escape room adventure with us.

We’re especially thrilled to announce we have just begun a partnership with Albemarle County Schools, marking the beginning of an enriching collaboration. Each year, we’ll be hosting approximately 40 technology-focused high school students from Center 1 High School, setting the stage for an educational adventure like no other. Following their thrilling escape room experience, I’ll step in as a guest speaker to delve into the intricate world of game design, the art of crafting escape room puzzles, entrepreneurship, and the intriguing landscape of the escape room business.

Making History Come Alive
Poe Dormitory Room
Edgar Allan Poe’s 1826 dormitory room is preserved for all to see at UVA’s campus. Our Poe-themed escape room is a tad bit spookier.

But that’s not all; our escape rooms are designed to be not only exhilarating but also educational. Rooted in history, these immersive experiences offer students a fascinating window into the annals of Charlottesville and American history. Picture your students embarking on a journey that spans the Jack Jouett ride to save Thomas Jefferson during the Revolutionary War, exploring the recreated 1826 spooky dormitory room of Edgar Allan Poe at UVA, or becoming entangled in the riveting world of espionage during World War II with the incredible story of Virginia Hall, one of the Allies’ top spies in France.

If this captivating blend of education and adventure aligns with your students’ learning goals, we encourage you to get in touch with us. Our team is committed to tailoring your experience to meet your specific educational objectives, and we proudly offer discounts for public schools. Unlocked History Escape Rooms is here to transform learning into an unforgettable adventure.

High School and College Student Puzzle Making

We also extend a unique opportunity for high school and college technology classes to collaborate with us in crafting captivating escape room puzzles. Envision your students applying their tech-savvy skills to design intricate puzzles as part of a school project, and then witnessing the realization of their creative endeavors within the immersive world of our escape rooms.

Escape Room Puzzle
Not all escape room puzzles are this intricate. But if you’re interested in making puzzles with us, reach out to us.

But that’s not all—we have an exciting proposition for high school and college students who possess a special knack for puzzle creation. We’re ready to offer students a chance to join our team as interns, part-time staff members, or contractors, contributing their expertise to the development of our next thrilling escape rooms. If you’re a student who loves to tinker, and envisions a future career in computer programming, engineering, or technology, this is a golden opportunity to gain hands-on experience and valuable skills that will undoubtedly shape your future career trajectory. It’s a chance to fuse your passion with practical experience, and we’re eager to welcome you aboard.

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Unlocked History Escape Rooms is more than just an escape from the ordinary; it’s a gateway to adventure, learning, and creativity. As we continue to weave the captivating tapestry of history into the fabric of our escape rooms, we extend a heartfelt invitation to schools, educators, and students to embark on educational journeys that transcend the confines of textbooks. Whether you’re stepping into the world of Thomas Jefferson, solving puzzles with tech-savvy finesse, or envisioning a future in puzzle creation, our doors are open wide. With every field trip, guest speaker session, and collaboration, we’re committed to transforming learning into a captivating and unforgettable adventure. Join us on this quest to make history, one puzzle at a time.

Phil Riese
Unlocked History Escape Rooms
Where History Never Gets Old


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