Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search

– Posted on Monday 14th September 2020

This October, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including the Manx Museum in Douglas. Families will be able to join the search for Wally at the Manx Museum as part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search.

Over 75 museums around the UK have signed up to run the promotion, which is perfectly timed for Halloween. The activity will run in participating museums from 9th October – 1st November 2020 and will be tailored within each museum to comply with their social distancing measures. Additional online activities will be available for those families choosing not to visit museums in person.

Families will be able to visit their local participating museum to hunt for Wally amongst their collections, as well as spell out a spooky phrase with letters hidden alongside mini Wally standees, and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark on completion of the search, as well as the chance to enter the Where’s Wally? and Kids in Museums grand prize draw competition to win an ArtFund Family Membership and a bundle of Where’s Wally? goodies.

Walker will provide participating museums with an array of supporting print and digital materials including mini standees, activity sheets, posters, bookmarks, pin badges for staff and social media assets.

Alison Bowyer, Executive Director of Kids in Museums, said:

We’re thrilled to be working with Walker Books again this year. The last few months have been a challenging time for the heritage sector so we are pleased to support even more museums to hold a fun and safe activity this October. We hope to encourage families back into heritage sites and help them enjoy all the rich experiences on offer.”

Julia Cullen, Public Engagement Manager for Manx National Heritage said:

“We are delighted to be participating in this fabulous initiative by Kids in Museums. It’s very much a ‘limited edition’ trail, with 1,000 trails available to be enjoyed on a first come, first served basis, which we know are certain to be snapped up.  The trails will be available at the Manx Museum from Friday 9 October, until stocks run out”.

The ‘Where’s Wally?’ Spooky Museum Search begins at the Manx Museum on 9th October – 1st November 2020.  There will also be an opportunity to meet one of Wally’s friends at the museum on 10th October, when they’ll be on hand to help families with their Spooky Museum search.  

For fun online activities, visit and for more information on the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search at the Manx Museum visit

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