DIE KASERNE – “The Barracks”

Camp Hearne Historic Site & Exhibit is excited to announce a new activity – our version of a prisoner-of-war escape room. 

Die Kaserne, a German phrase meaning “The Barracks,” is an appropriate title for this engaging experience that highlights many of the daily life of the prisoners behind the barbed wire fences.

Our new experience mixes the use of historical objects and replicas with hidden codes and clues for the visitors to collect and solve the final cipher.  Each group will have 30 minutes to find the “KEY to a successful escape from a Texas WWII prisoner-of-war camp.

The challenge will be for the participants to work together to optimize their collective talents for a speedy outcome.  They will use their investigative and analysis skills to recognize clues and solve puzzles.  The benefit will be a hands-on learning experience regarding a unique part of WWII history during an extraordinary time in our local history.

Your escape activity takes place in a separate building that mimics the Camp Hearne barracks space of a POW known as Walter.  Walter’s bunk space offers a trove of hiding places.  Your job as a Military Police Guard is to find all the clues to prevent other escapes before the Officer of the Day arrives.

We recommend you visit our Camp Hearne Exhibit before tackling your search. The Exhibit tour is always FREE ADMISSION and open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The Barracks activity, however, requires a scheduled appointment that has been confirmed. Participation in The Barracks activity will require a donation of $20 per person given in advance to confirm your appointment.  Your team must include at least two persons up to a maximum of eight per team. The minimum age is 14. 

Every participate will be required to sign a participation waiver form during check-in and orientation. Although the search time is limited to 30 minutes, additional time during appointment will give each team enough time to receive instructions, review & sign waivers, and assess results.

You may ask us for assistance at the below email entry.