Press Kit

Welcome to Escape 45 – Baltimore’s first and very own premier escape room experience.

Escape 45 is a locally owned escape room business started by University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins students! What is an escape room you ask? Simply put, it is an adventure. It is a real-life escape from the monotony of daily life. Whether you come with your friends, family, co-workers or even a group of strangers – what is guaranteed is that you will have a great time.

Escape 45 is an entertainment venue that caters to both private and corporate clientele. We offer 45-minute experiences for groups of 2-8, and while the objective is overwhelmingly simple (i.e. to escape), completing it is not! Our rooms are full of puzzles, riddles, locks, and mechanisms. Escaping them will not be an easy feet.

Our initial rooms are “The Lighthouse” and “The Jewel Heist”, which vary drastically in their setting. You can find their synopsis here. We will be opening 3 more rooms in the very near future.




We Take
Our Games
Very Seriously

Our Story

It all started with an impromptu roadtrip to New York City. This is where we came across our first ever escape room – and immediately fell in love with the idea. Since then, we have explored dozens of other rooms in cities across the USA. When we realized there were no rooms in our own Charm City – we knew this was a situation we had to rectify.

Our Goals

To provide the most immersive and comprehensive escape rooms. Period. Our goal is to ensure that we provide the same experience that we seek whenever we play other escape rooms – satisfaction, amazement, team-work, and mental stimulation!

Our Team

Escape 45 was founded by Fahed Masood, Asad Masood, Ashraf Afzal, and Dylan Kapoor.

Fahed Masood, our Chief Creative Officer, is a 19 year-old engineering student at UMD, cat enthusiast, and aspiring surgeon general. His brother and our President, Asad Masood is a 23 year-old mechanical engineering student at UMD. His favorite movie is the Notebook and he enjoys long walks on the beach. Our CEO, Ashraf Afzal is a 26 year-old JHU graduate with a degree in neuroscience. And last but certainly not least, Dylan Kapoor, is our CTO and a 20-year old engineering student at UMD. He is the evil creative genius behind all of our puzzles.

Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers

Fahed, Asad, Ashraf, & Dylan

In the News

The Diamondback

November 22nd 2015

Check us out in “The Diamondback”, the University of Maryland’s very own collegiate newspaper.

Press Release

October 13th 2015

Its a race against time! You and your friends are trapped in a room and need to escape. However there are a series of puzzles impeding you from your escape. Are you and your team smart and preserving enough to get out in time?

We are located right next to the Washington Monument in Baltimore City’s historic Mount Vernon district (800 N Charles St). Escape rooms are a live action game for you, your family, friends, and loved ones to enjoy. Players must use their wit and deductive abilities to escape in time.

Escape rooms originated in Budapest, and have since spread throughout much of Europe and Asia. We thought it was time someone brought this to our local community in the DMV area.

Our launch will begin with two rooms in which we will be building four more rooms for a grand total of six rooms. Each room will have a specially designed theme to give you and your team an immersive and adrenaline-filled experience.

Escape rooms are more than just a fun experience for you and your team. We cater to a wide variety of  businesses, enterprises, schools, and organizations looking to employ cost-efficient team building exercises.

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