On Friday 13 November 2013, Night at the Museum was all about superstition. Inspired by the date of the event, we scoured the collection for relevant items and discovered a poster from 1949 about how superstition persists in the modern age:
How do you explain the survival of these practices among educated people? DO people really believe in the superstitions, or are they prompted by habit or sub-conscious fears? Why do many who scoff at superstition still feel uneasy if they occupy Room 13 or walk under a ladder?
In advance of the event, we shared a video... and invited viewers to take a quiz to find out where they sit on the continuum from skeptic to super-superstitious.
On the night, punters could rise to our superstition challenge, disco-dance in suspicious silence, or compete in a mini-tournament of The Museum Game.
Witches, clearly unfazed by walking under a ladder.
Victory pose in advance of the Game – jinx? (They didn't win.)
Winning players at
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