“The Scarab’s Curse” Comes to Life at Shelburne Museum 


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“The Scarab’s Curse” Comes to Life at Shelburne Museum 

A Virtual Murder Mystery Just in Time for Halloween


SHELBURNE, Vt. (September 29, 2021) Attention murder mystery lovers! Get in the Halloween spirit this October, with “The Scarab’s Curse,” a virtual spine-tingling thriller set on Shelburne Museum’s Grand Isle rail car.

“The Scarab’s Curse” is set in October 1912. Terror stalks a private train when the impresario of a traveling Egyptian exhibition is found stabbed through the heart with a golden dagger—apparently by a 3,000-year-old mummy! The virtual whodunit plays out on Zoom and participants join fellow amateur sleuths to match wits with the ancient undead and solve the mystery that takes players through the elegant rail car compartments, presents them with mysterious clues and gives them the chance to grill the devious suspects—all to unravel the case of the stalking mummy.

“The Scarab’s Curse” is the creation of Alex Nalbach, a Shelburne resident and friend of Shelburne Museum, who wrote the script and produced the film sequences. The production includes a cast of 10 members and eight stewards to manage the events rooms.

Tickets are $15. To purchase individual tickets, visit  https://the-scarabs-curse.eventbrite.com. To book a Private Stateroom for groups of 10 for $150, contact events@shelburnemuseum.org.


Dates and Times

Friday-Saturday, October 22–23, 7– 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 24, 1 – 3 p.m. matinee
Friday, Saturday, October 29–30, 7  – 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 31, 1 – 3 p.m. Halloween matinee.

All proceeds from the event support the stewardship and preservation of Shelburne Museum’s 39 buildings, including the rail car Grand Isle.

Please note: While avoiding graphic depictions of violence, the story and visuals of this event include references to crime, death and the occult, and may be inappropriate for younger children.


About Shelburne Museum

Founded in 1947 by trailblazing folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s foremost public resource for visual art and material culture. The Museum’s 45-acre campus is comprised of 39 buildings including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley and many more.  For more information, please visit shelburnemuseum.org.