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Welcome to the Escape Room at Hampden-Sydney College
Escape Hampden-Sydney: The Great Jewel Heist of 2019

2019 Jewel Heist Leader Board

1st place: The Epic Alums (Stage 3 at 5:28) - Ivo Gyurovski, Bryan Tims, Kristian Hargadon (captain), and Rob Irons

2nd place: That Team Over There? (Stage 3 at 5:26) - Wesley Atkinson (captain), Emily Jones, Joe Swanson, and Jacob Smith

3rd place: I Don't Know (Stage 2 at 22:33) - Aaron Paulisch (captain), Lydia Conley, Noah Conley, and Wren Morgan​

4th place: The Boys from Yonder (Stage 2 at 10:30) - Robert Morris (captain), David McElrath, Arthur White, and Jacob Thomasson​

5th place: Simply Wicked (Stage 2 at 8:07) - Dennis Potts (captain), Cooper Boyles, Allan Miller, and Jacob Georges

6th place: Basement Dwellers (Stage 2 at 5:33) - Jeffrey Hunsaker (captain), Noah Moore, Ronnie Ennis, and Patrick Garifo

7th place: Zero Escapees (Stage 2 at 2:00) - Jacob Whitney (captain), Jonathan Duarte, and Alexander Washington

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What is an escape room?

"An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit, or having completed a mission." [Wikipedia]

Many escape rooms, including Escape Hampden-Sydney, are centered around a theme, narrative, or mystery that the players must uncover as part of their experience. As such, participants are required to sign a waiver agreeing not to reveal details of the puzzles or narrative in order to prevent another team from having an unfair advantage or diminishing their experience. 

What can you expect to find in the H-SC escape room?

  • Visual/observation puzzles
  • Physical/manipulation puzzles
  • Logic puzzles
  • Word puzzles
  • Riddles
  • And more!

No prior specialized knowledge is required in order to participate. 

Hours of Operation

All Escape Room attempts must be scheduled ahead of your visit to guarantee staff availability and ensure the room has been fully reset from any previous attempts. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment and allow for approximately 90 minutes to read and sign your waiver, review the rules, complete the escape attempt, and for post-game debriefing.

As a general rule, escape attempts will only be scheduled during normal library hours and will be dependent on the availably of Escape HSC staff. Most attempts will be scheduled for weekday evenings and weekends.

Library hours (check the library website for holiday hours):

Monday - Thursday, 8am - 1am
Friday, 8am - 6pm
Saturday, 9am - 5pm
Sunday, 12pm - 1am

Escape Room Rules and Waiver

Copies of the rules and waiver will be available prior to your scheduled escape attempt. A signed copy is required in order to participate. 

Pricing Information

Escape Hampden-Sydney is a not-for-profit endeavor. All proceeds exceeding the cost of operation go to Hampden-Sydney College and are tax deductible

Donation amounts are $10 for H-SC students and $15 for all other participantsMore is gratefully appreciated! Donations are per participant and not per team. 

Donations can be made in the form of cash or a check made out to H-SC. Receipts for charitable donations will be sent from the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Contact information

Questions about Escape Hampden-Sydney may be directed to:

Dr. Marc Hight, Professor of Philosophy:


Maryska Connolly-Brown, Technical Services Librarian:


If you are interested in booking an attempted escape, please fill in the Booking Request Form above.