Murder at Mount Hope Mansion: Interactive Dinner Theater

Thank you for joining us for the 10th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Mount Hope! 2019 Performance tickets will go on sale at the Holiday Open House, begining on Black Friday, November 23. Accept this invitation to the interactive culinary "who-done-it," enjoy a sumptuous four-course meal and the opportunity to become the detective, interrogate the suspects, put the clues together and uncover the truth!

2019 Dates & Tickets

Enter Victorian Mount Hope Mansion, a most unique setting for a theatrical interactive dining experience. Meet and mingle with intriguing guests to the Mansion and be sure to take note as they visit guests table side while they dine. After enjoying a four-course meal and tastes of the mystery that is thick in the air, everyone will assemble in the Mansion's Theater Room for a time of interrogation, hilarity and the answer to the question on everyone's mind! Performances run Fridays, Saturdays and Select Sundays, February through April and are each roughly three hours in length.

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Performance Availability

Use the calendar for performance availability on specific dates—Hover over the date to see times and options (Desktop Only). Matinee Performances (1PM) are available Saturdays & Sundays while Evening Performances (7PM) are available Fridays & Saturdays. Select mid-week shows are also available!

Ticket Information

Reservations are encouraged, as there are a limited amount of tickets and perfromances sell out quickly. Murder Mystery tickets go on sale beginning during the annual Holiday Open House, November 23-25 & Dec. 1-2. Tickets can be purchased online at the Virtual Box Office beginning on Monday, November 26, 2018. 2019 Ticket pricing to be announced.

Group Reservations

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more through Mount Hope's Group Sales Department. This unique and exciting experience makes the perfect setting for our group outing! Private and/or mid-week performances can be scheduled for larger groups! To reserve your spot or to learn more, please visit

Unique Episodes

Each year, Murder Mystery features four different stand alone episodes! Relive the excitement and take part in the mystery. More information will be available closer to the 2019 event.


Reservations are encouraged as tickets sell out quickly.
2019 Tickets will be available in the Virtual Box Office on Monday, November 26, 2018. Specific dates, times and pricing to be announced. Please note there is no children's price.

Dinner Theater in the Mansion

Enjoy an enchanting four-course banquet within the historic Mount Hope Mansion while you put together the clues and help solve the mystery! Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance start time. Hors d'oeuvres served during this time. View the 2018 menu below, and check back for more information on next season's performances!

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Displayed Hors d'oeuvres

Assorted Cheeses
Smoked Gouda, Havarti Dill, Muenster

Butlered Hors d'oeuvres

Shrimp & Chorizo Skewers, and Deviled Eggs


Seasonal Salad


Safari One Pot
Pot Roast with Roasted Carrots, Butternut Squash, Rutabagas, Tomatoes and Onions, Served with Chived Mashed Potatoes

Vegetarian Entrée
Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi


Kilimanjaro Cake
Gluten Free, Vegetarian Chocolate Lava Cake
Served with Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Scoop

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Soda, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea
Non-Alcoholic Beverages Included in Ticket Price

Alcoholic Beverages

Swashbuckler Beer, Mount Hope Wine, Lancaster County Cider & Signature Cocktails
Alcoholic Beverages Available at the Cash Bar

*Regular/Gluten Free OR Vegetarian meal option must be chosen at time of ticket purchase. No substitutions. Menu subject to change without notice.

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2019 Scenario

The year is 1927 Harry Houdini and Rudolph Valentino have both died suddenly in recent months. America, in the throes of Prohibition, is looking for new forms of escape. Aerial daredevils are everywhere, swimming the English Channel, flagpole sitting, and new technological breakthroughs in radio, television, and film, as well as the formation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are all vying to provide that getaway. As winter reluctantly begins to loosen its grasp, allowing thoughts to turn, once again, toward spring, the “Good Samaritans” of Saint Genesius General Hospital are holding their annual fundraiser. This is not their usual affair. This year’s fete will be held at the prestigious Mount Hope Museum of Art. Please accept the following invitation:

You are hereby cordially invited to the Mount Hope Museum of Art in historic Manheim, Pennsylvania, for a tantalizing four-course meal and art auction. All proceeds benefit Saint Genesius General Hospital whose exemplary work is widely known and respected. Please RSVP early as past fundraisers have sold-out quickly and this year’s promises to be another. Do not miss an opportunity to own a valuable piece of art while simultaneously supporting great work.
We are truly yours; The Board of Directors and Staff of Saint Genesius

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Cast Information

Interact with the talented cast members inside the historic Mount Hope Mansion as you put together the clues and help solve the mystery. Guests will long remember this experience. Please check back closer to the event date for 2019 information.

Murder Mystery 2018 Cast

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other questions that have not been answered below, please contact our business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM or visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.

General Information

The event is located inside Mount Hope Mansion on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545. Murder Mystery runs Fridays, Saturdays and select Sundays, February through early April. For more information on specific show times, please visit the Dates & Tickets Page.
There is plenty of free parking all around the Mansion within walking distance.
There are two food options available: Classic and Vegetarian/Gluten Free. For more information on both food choices, please visit Dining Page.
The Mansion bar will be open for drink purchases during the duration of the performances. Select Swashbuckler Ales, Mount Hope Wines, Lancaster County Ciders, Signature Cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at the bar. Specific bar menu options will be available the day of the performance.

Please Note: If you are visibly intoxicated, we reserve the right to no longer serve you alcohol. If you become a disturbance during the performance, we will ask you to leave the Mansion without issuing a refund.
While the ticket price does not include gratuity, any tip left by you to the hosts is at your discretion. Like any restaurant, gratuities are a special way for you to acknowledge service provided to you and should refelct your satisfaction with the service.
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our In the Area Page for specific information.
As a courtesy to others, video/audio recording and photography are strictly prohibited during the show. Photos are permitted before introductions.
You may carry your cell phone with you during the performance, but please make sure to turn it off as a courtesy to others. If you need to make or retrieve a call, please excuse yourself to our front porch for the duration of the call.
The dress code is casual to business casual. The storyline changes each year, and guests are welcome to dress in time period appropriate attire, but it is not required.
Animals are not allowed in the Mansion except for service animals while performing their qualifying services.
Children are welcome to attend, but require a ticket due to the limited capacity of the dinner theater experience.

Ticket Information

With your admission ticket, you receive a sumptuous four-course meal and the chance to play the detective in this unique and exciting live dinner theater!
You can purchase advance tickets at the Virtual Box Office or in the Mount Hope Estate Wine Shop. It is advised to buy the tickets in advance, as performances sell out quickly.
All sales are final. There are no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations.

Conditions of Ticket Sale

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. Event tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and not for resale. Once a ticket has been scanned at the Front Gate upon entry, it is voided and no longer holds any value. The Faire does not monitor any guests’ level of participation or length of stay. Refunds are not available to guests who choose to leave. The bearer of an event ticket agrees to hold blameless and harmless Mazza Vineyards, Inc. or any of its affiliates, in the event of personal injury or loss or damage to property. The holder of the ticket assumes all responsibilities for any risk of bodily harm or loss of property sustained while attEpisode the event, and waives all rights to lay claim for damages resulting from any cause whatsoever either before, during or after the event. You must be 21 or older to purchase or consume Alcohol.

Your ID will be verified before being served alcohol. Outside food, drink and pets are not permitted. You hereby consent to the reasonable search for alcoholic beverages, drugs, or firearms. You further consent to the use of your image or likeness incidental to any display, transmission, or reproduction of the event.

Management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the terms and conditions of these conditions of ticket sale.
Performances occur as scheduled. In the event of extreme weather conditions, guests will be notified in advance of any changes.

Mansion Information

Smoking is prohibited in the Mansion. If you need to go out to smoke during the performance, please note that the doors will lock behind you.
Outside food and drink items are NOT permitted in the Mansion with the exception of water.
Yes, all Theater in the Mansion performances are ADA accessible. There is handicapped parking available at the Wine Shop, just follow the directional signs that lead you to that area when you arrive.

Please go to the Wine Shop and inform the staff that you require the handicapped accessible entrance to the rear of the Mansion. You will be directed where to go to enter the building.
Cars are permitted to stay parked in the lot overnight if the driver has been drinking and has found another way home. Camping is not permitted in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
There are restrooms located inside of the Mansion and the Wine Shop. Staff will be happy to point you in the right direction!
Items found during or after the event will be kept in the Wine Shop (717-665-7021 ext 129).

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