Enter the Imaginarium conjures a team-building experience that hits all senses. Less escape room and more escape from reality, the sensorial adventure begins the moment players ring the doorbell to enter a gaslight-lined alley that leads them to the Curiosity Shop. The intrigue grows as teams of four to 10 people explore one of two multiroom puzzles—the Chamber of Illusions, a funhouse created by the mastermind behind the world’s most infamous illusions; and The Inventor’s Paradox, a journey back in time through the memories and inventions of the Imaginarium’s creator. The experiences are inspired by the shadowy legend of the Secret Order of Imaginaria, whose roots stretch back to ancient Greece through many of history’s most notable inventors, artists and magicians.
The mysterious minds behind Enter the Imaginarium, located about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Pittsburgh in Harmarville, have more well-documented accomplishments. Bricolage Production Company, nationally known for their immersive and experimental theater productions, collaborated with The ScareHouse, whose annual haunted house was ranked one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by the Travel Channel, to create and design an intricately crafted world of puzzles and illusions. (Hauntings and gore are not part of the Imaginarium experience, but expect movie-style sets and effects.)
“Both Bricolage and The ScareHouse are heavy in the design end of the business, and in helping us to craft the games, the rooms and the set pieces, they bring a lot of knowledge about immersing audiences in the experiences and getting them personally involved in what’s going on, rather than just as a casual observer,” says Jason Fisher, general manager. As teams use their powers of observation, logic, critical thinking communication to work through the adventures, they’ll be sure to notice the sheer beauty and abundance of detail in their surroundings as they work together to search for clues and answers.