Murder By Gaslight Philadelphia
Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays April 24 - September 5
$20 per ticket
Grab some friends, get outside, and solve a murder in Philadelphia!
Tours through Old City/Independence National Historic Park at 7 and 8pm
Parking Available at 5th and Market (only $7 after 5pm Fri and Sat)
Are you prepared for a touch of the eccentric, and steeled against a chill up your corset? Are you yearning to add an experience at once fantastical while also unnerving? Then join us for a historical walking tour with a murderous twist!
There's been a very Victorian murder in Philadelphia. Enter a world of stodgy alienists and charismatic charlatans, saucy painted ladies and tweedy robber barons, steam powered engines and horse drawn carriages. Stroll the byways and shadowy corners of Old City, led by your guide - who just happens to be the victim of a 130 year old murder!
You will be tasked with inspecting the crime scene, gathering the clues, and questioning the suspects you meet along the way. And perhaps, just perhaps, you can stay one step ahead of a wily murderer, avoid a similar fate, and have a chance to solve a - MURDER BY GASLIGHT!
Tours leave from the Liberty Bell Center at 7pm and 8pm and end near Washington Square.
The walk is about an hour long, so wear comfortable shoes! There will be a series of stops along the way, where you will be able to access clues via the magic of QR codes (but we have you covered if your phone is acting cranky!) At each stop you will encounter suspects, played by professional actors. They will act out scenes that will provide more clues to help you solve the mystery!
Frequently asked questions
What happens if it rains?
While we tend to be intrepid in the rain, we do also recognize what damage can be done to our Victorian costumes in a downpour. So if the weather is truly too bad for a mystery, we will contact you via email at least a half an hour before and offer you a refund or opportunity to reschedule.
Who are the tour guides?
Our tour guides are all professional actors. You see, prior to COVID we were an interactive theater company that performed indoors to groups of 200, for hours at a time. But just because we can't gather doesn't mean we can't entertain you with murder, and in the summer of 2020 we launched our first professional production of Murder By Gaslight in Cape May, NJ!
How does this all work?
You will meet your guide, who will lead you to historic locations, at which a scene will happen with another actor. These scenes will build the mystery you are watching and provide all of the clues. At your final destination, you will get to have a “stab” at solving the murder, and then find out whodunnit!
What ages is this appropriate for?
While the story itself is not inappropriate for any age, the walk may be...so keep in mind the travel capabilities of the smaller members of your entourage.
How many people can I bring?
Most tours are limited to 25 guests, and tickets are sold in advance and necessary to ensure your group can participate together.
Why should I buy tickets?
Do you really want to spend another date night watching (insert your streaming service of choice here)
What COVID precautions are you taking?
Our groups are limited to 20 guests so that we can make sure that people can be distanced while still enjoying the mystery. Our extra clues are accessed via QR codes, so no materials are trading hands. We do asks that guests remain masked for the entirety of the walk, an our performers will remain masked, as well.