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5 Best Murder Mystery Events In New York

Tired of going to the movies but love theater? Hate reading novels but enjoy the drama? Are you looking for something different to entertain yourself? Then look no further. Murder mysteries are some of the most riveting forms of entertainment and can be fun for audiences of all ages. Quickly becoming a popular event, murder mysteries are available at venues throughout the city. Below is your guide to the most talked-about, bone-chilling events.
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Murder Mystery Inc.
Arno Dinner Theater
141 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018
(800) 687-3374

Price: $79 - includes dinner, show, tax, gratuity, $99 - includes guaranteed reserved seating
Click here for a calendar of shows.

Murder means laughs and live entertainment for this group, which boasts as the "longest running Murder Mystery dinner theater in New York and around the world." This dark company's most popular event is entitled "Murder by the Mob" where the audience will dine with the most lethal mobsters in town. The show lasts for two and a half hours and visitors will enjoy a full, 3-course meal along with dancing - all the while trying to solve a deadly case.

THEY Improv

THEY Improv
Locations vary
(866) 219-4386

Price: Vary depending on show

Ever wanted to kill your boss or a coworker? Well, here's your chance - figuratively, of course. THEY Improv caters to your specific group at a venue of your choice, hosting murder mysteries that you can take part in. Some of the best comedians Manhattan has to offer will come right to your doorstop to perform a show you and your group will never forget. The group even performs "ambush murder mysteries" where the audience is made up of completely unsuspecting players. Events can be changed according to your group's tastes - from dinner and venue options to entertainment props and storyline.

Related: New York City Comedy & Improv Classes

Watson Adventures
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Watson Adventures
Locations vary
(877) 946-4868

Prices: Ranges from $29.50 for children and $44.50 for adults
Click here for a calendar of shows.

Specializing in scavenger hunts throughout the city, Watson Adventures is known for its entertaining team-building activities. Lasting for about two hours each, the hunt for answers actively engages audiences while throwing in a dash of culture as well. Watson Adventures has many themed events, including murder mysteries that takes visitors on a tour of area museums. In New York, that list of museums includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. Solve a chilling murder as you peruse the halls of ancient art.

The Murder Mystery Co.

Murder Mystery Co.
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Locations vary
(888) 643-2583

Price: $60 - includes dinner
Click here for a calendar of shows.

CBS Local Offers: 52% The Murder Mystery Co.

Murder means business for this company where truly anything can happen. Choose from any number of themes or create your own murder-mystery event. One of the most innovative themes combines murder, mayhem and magic when a world-renowned magician dies in the middle of a performance. Uncover who did the deed and catch the criminal before someone plays a trick on you? Other themes focus on wedding parties, Christmas and other holidays, mobsters and costume balls. Packages can include music with a DJ, three-course meals and more. Upcoming public shows take place most weekends at a Jersey City restaurant, where the audience must solve the murder of one of the restaurant waiters.

Related: The 4 Best Themed Restaurants in New York City

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New York Dinner Theater
Locations vary
(800) 383-6080

Price: Vary depending on show
Click here for a calendar of shows.

Join in on one of this improv group's mystery shows offered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Two options are available for your entertainment: "Let's Kill the Boss" and "Killing Mr. Withers." In the first, the audience acts as employees who try to discover which of their co-workers hates his boss enough to murder him. In the second event, audience members have been stranded by a broken-down bus at a gas station, where the town is trying to solve a string of murders. Both shows are exhilarating and make for a fully-enjoyed evening out.

Jennifer Eberhart is currently an art history/museum studies graduate student at The City College in New York. She is an avid art enthusiast, and visits as many museums and galleries as she can in her free time. Her work can be found at

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