I work in a mid-sized science museum and am pushing an ARG at/in/around the museum to museum leadership. I'm wondering if anyone has ever pitched an ARG to a museum before? This particular group is not entirely ignorant about ARG's but they have never done one before and they need something to push them over the edge. My sense is they think it will be too much work, they always worry about expense, they're likely concerned about if the ARG will deliver educational content or be just marketing, and I suspect they worry something about a game in a museum will just seem, well, unseemly. I can't find a lot of examples, and some precedence may help my case. Has anyone ever worked with an ARG and a museum and dealt with bring them onboard? I'd think some library-based ARGs may have had similar experience.
We did one a while ago for an Austrian museum and it did quite well. It was called 'Mystery of the Crown' (Rudolfskrone): http://www.lemproject.eu/in-focus/news/the-mystery-of-the-crown-201...
You could still watch the trailer online (German): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bkA_EhmipE
Other examples are 'Capture the Pheon': http://www.argn.com/2010/09/capture_the_pheon_the_smithsonians_late... and 'Ghosts of a Chance' http://www.ghostsofachance.com/ - both for the Smithsonian museums.
A group from the University of Wisconsin did something similiar. Check out this link
The platform is called ARIS. I've been using it for my line of work, and it's awesome.