Mia Clue

Join in for a fun interactive mystery game within Mia’s halls.

To begin: Print out a game pack at home, assemble up to five players (including yourself), and head up to the third floor.

    The Game Pack should include

  • • Name Tags
  • • 5 Suspect Cards
  • • 5 Weapon Cards
  • • 7 Room Cards
  • • “Crime” Envelope
  • • 6 Dice Cards (numbered 1–6)
  • • 5 Pencils + Writing Paper

Directions

The game begins in the Hall (aka Mary C. and Walter C. Briggs Gallery, Gallery 332). Each player selects
a character and puts on the corresponding name tag. Players play in the following order: Miss Charlotte,
The General, Mrs. Coustard, The Cardinal, and The Comtesse. All players start in the Hall and move
together as a group throughout the game.

    1. Download PDF to print cards.

    2. Shuffle the Suspect, Weapon, and Room card packs separately. Without looking, select one card from
    each pack. Place all three in the “Crime” envelope. These cards hold the secret to the crime you are
    attempting to solve.

    3. Shuffle the remaining Suspect, Weapon, and Room cards together. Deal one card to each player in
    a clockwise direction until all cards have been dealt.

    4. Play begins as the first player selects a dice card from the pack. The number on the card equals the
    number of doorways through which the group must move. The group cannot go through the same
    doorway twice in a single play.

    5. Once the group has entered a room, the player whose turn it is can make a “suggestion” about the murder.
    The player names a Suspect, a Weapon, and the Room that the group currently occupies. (For example:
    “I suggest that the crime was committed in the Library, by The Cardinal, with the Knife.) A “suggestion”
    cannot be made for a room not occupied by the group at that time.

    6. The other players must disprove the “suggestion”—if they can. In the order of play, the first player who
    holds one of the cards (Character, Weapon, or Room) named in the “suggestion” secretly shows it to the
    accuser. Only one card can be shown to the player who made the suggestion. Throughout the game, it is
    important to note who holds which cards. Record these notes using the pencils and paper provided.
    7. If the suggestion is disproved, the next player selects a dice card and all players proceed around the
    board together.

    8. If the suggestion cannot be disproved, the player who made the suggestion can make an “accusation.”
    The player must state the accusation and then look into the envelope holding the secret cards without
    showing the other players. If the accusation is correct, the player wins. If it is incorrect, the player is
    disqualified. If, on the other hand, the player decides against making an accusation, play continues in
    the order established.

* An accession number on each card, when entered on artsmia.org, provides details about the
featured artwork.

 
 

The Suspects

The General

As played by General Guillaume Brune

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 77.31A

Miss Charlotte

As played by Charlotte of France

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 35.7.98

Mrs. Coustard

As played by Catherine Coustard

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number77.26

The Comtesse

As played by Comtesse d’Egmont Pignatelli

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number2006.33

The Cardinal

As played by Cardinal Pietro Maria Borghese

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 65.39

The Weapons

“New Yorker” Electric Guitar

National Guitar Company, USA, c.1937

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 98.276.287.1

Knife

Italy, 15th century

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 2010.29.1

“Chrysanthemum” Candelabrum

Tiffany & Co., USA, 1891–1902

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 62.80.2A, B

Wheel Lock Rifle

c. 1630

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 97.39.2A–C

“Silver Streak” Electric Iron

Corning Glass Works, USA, 20th century

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 2003.92

The Period Rooms

Ballroom

Lidded Punch Bowl, France, c. 1867

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 2000.10.1.1A,B

Dining Room

Charleston Dining Room, Gallery 337

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 27.79

Conservatory

Charleston Drawing Room, Gallery 336

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 27.78

Library

Queen Anne Room, Gallery 326

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 31.58

Hall

Randolph Rogers, The Lost Pleiad, 1874,
Gallery 332

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 2004.194

Study

Georgian Room, Gallery 327

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 28.82

Lounge

MacFarlane Room, Gallery 328

Find out more about this object on Mia’s Collection’s Site and typing in the accession number 67.58.7