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Treasure Hunt in Paris with THAT Muse

A Louvre Treasure Hunt is a fun way to visit the Louvre. For two hours or so, solve riddles and look for the museum’s hidden treasures. At the end of the hunt, you can stay in the Louvre as much as you like to visit the Mona Lisa, the Venus of Milo, the Regent Diamond, or the sections that interest you most.

This Louvre Treasure Hunt is proposed by THATMuse, a young startup that organizes different treasure hunts in Paris. These Paris treasure hunts are perfect for families, groups of friends and also can be proposed as team building activities in Paris.

So how this treasure hunt works? Keep or reading…

TIP: Is the weather in Paris too nice to stay indoors? Check out this self-guided Treasure Hunt in the Luxembourg Gardens or this self-guided Scavenger Hunt in the Tuileries Garden.

Plan your visit to the Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is one of the top sights to visit in Paris. We recommend visiting the Louvre Museum in the following Paris itineraries:

Principle and Rules

The Louvre Treasure Hunt principle is very simple:

Teams (2 to 4 people) receive a list of Louvre treasures, grouped under a specific topic that they need to find within a given amount of time (90 mins to 2 hrs). For each artwork found, teams have to take a selfie in front of it to score points.

Hunters need to read the art treasure descriptions because additional THATLou bonus challenges are embedded in these descriptions. This makes the Louvre treasure hunt fun and also educational.

In the end, the team that scores more points wins the competition.

Of course, the hunt comes with some basic rules that everybody needs to respect with no exception. These are the main ones:

ยป Teams’ only tools on this hunt are the treasures of the Louvre list, a Louvre museum map (hard copy), and (only) one camera per group to take the pictures.

ยป Teams must stay together at all times.

ยป No running inside the museum.

ยป No external help like the internet, GPS, or guidebooks. Louvre staff or other visitors cannot help either.

We met Sarah (THATMuse) in front of the Louvre Pyramid, in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris.

Louvre Treasure Hunt – Our Experience

We did this hunt a couple of years ago, and it was a fun experience that we recommend. It was during the week and in the morning.

For this treasure hunt, World in Paris would compete with Kartik, Gayatri, and Swara, a family from Tennessee visiting Paris for 3 days. While World in Paris is a Louvre frequent visitor, this was their first trip to Paris and the Louvre.

The meeting point was in front of the Louvre Pyramid, and we all had bought our Louvre skip-the-line tickets online in advance (not included in the treasure hunt). After the presentations and a short introduction by our host Sarah, we all entered the museum through the Glass Pyramid for the briefing and the Louvre Treasure Hunt.

When the hunt started, our opponents went straight to the Richelieu Wing. We sat for 5 minutes to study the treasures list and the Louvre museum map. We felt WE NEEDED A STRATEGY.

In the end, we decided to concentrate our efforts on the Louvre wing with more treasures to hunt and score the maximum possible points on one artwork (picture + bonus questions) before moving to the next one.

After countless visits to the Louvre, we felt like Louvre pros, but our friends did not look scared of us. Who was going to win the hunt?

During the first hour, we moved smoothly through the different Louvre halls, and the first artworks (the ones with more points to score) were easy to find. However, some of the bonus questions were difficult, and we did not find all the clues on the information panels. We should have read THATMuse’s blog before the Louvre treasure hunt; it had many hints for the hunt!

The next hour was less effective. We were tired (too many Louvre halls, the museum is huge!), and the first frictions between us appeared:

– Let’s go left!

– No, it’s right. Look at the map!

– I know the Louvre better than you, I say left!

I should have eaten a second pain au chocolat before starting the hunt… ๐Ÿ™

Two hours later, we arrived at the meeting point with a good amount of artwork checked. The final count of points started:

World in Paris 530 points

Tennessee family 531 points

Damn, we have lost!!

Apparently, their strategy worked better than ours, and the victory was for them. Congratulations, well done!

Louvre Treasure Hunt – Info & Tips

ยป These Louvre Treasure hunts are organized by THATMuse. You can check all their proposals (they have other treasure hunts in Paris and London) and book your Louvre Treasure hunt on their website

ยป The price for the Louvre Classic Hunt (THATLou) is 25โ‚ฌ per person. This price does not include the Louvre entrance fee.

ยป This is a great way to see the Louvre museum for kids. But THATLou is flexible and fun for all ages, with or without kids.

ยป THATLou is offered in English, French, and Spanish. The same languages are proposed for THATRue, the treasure hunt in the streets of Paris.

ยป When you book your THATLou, you can choose a subject. There are subjects such as beauty + the bestiary, love hunt, corporate hunt, and many more.

ยป There is no Louvre dress code, but we recommend wearing comfortable shoes; you are going to walk a lot! We also suggest bringing your own water and a couple of snacks.

Paris Treasure Hunt with THATLou – Final Thoughts

We had a blast! THATMuse’s Louvre Treasure hunt was an original and fun way to discover (or re-discover!) the Louvre. Besides, we learned many interesting things about the treasures while playing, so the hunt was also educational and interactive.

This Louvre Treasure Hunt is a fun activity to do in Paris with kids. It is also a great activity for adults without kids, and we are happy to recommend this treasure hunt in Paris to our friends.

Have you been to the Louvre Museum? Would you like to see the Louvre on a treasure hunt?

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Disclaimer: we would like to thank THATMuse for inviting us to their THATLou, their treasure hunt at Louvre. As always, all opinions remain our own. 

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  • Kirstie
    10/25/2017 at 4:17 am

    Paris is beautiful. However, I think treasurer hunts are not for me. I am very competitive and I might focus on the hunt and forget about sightseeing! Haha! I usually don’t enjoy myself when I am on a mission. Hahaha! Glad you had a great time.

    • WorldInParis
      10/25/2017 at 7:55 am

      I understand you Kirstie, we were also very competitive! However you can stay at Louvre as long as you want after the hunt so you can spend 6 more hours visiting the Louvre in a more conventional way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nisha
    10/24/2017 at 3:38 pm

    Oh no! lost by a whisker as one would say! Thats truly a great way to enjoy a museum. Especially with kids in tow, ๐Ÿ™‚ Your article makes me want to go to Paris again.

    • WorldInParis
      10/24/2017 at 9:28 pm

      Hope you will make it to Paris again!

  • Carol Perehudoff
    10/24/2017 at 11:22 am

    It sounds like a good way to make culture and eduction fun. I love the Louvre, particularly the one time I was there first thing in the morning and practically had it to myself. The time I waited two hours in line, not so much. What I love about this tour is that you’re not just seeking out the works of art, you’re learning something about them. Sorry you lost though haha.

    • WorldInParis
      10/24/2017 at 9:25 pm

      It’s ok, I will be able to live with the defeat, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paige W
    10/24/2017 at 9:26 am

    I LOVE scavenger hunts, so my next trip to the Louvre, this will be a must for me! Too bad that you lost by only one point! But the experience is the important part, right? Thanks for sharing an amazing experience!

  • Elisa
    10/23/2017 at 12:23 pm

    What a fantastic concept! It sounds like you had a blast. I can see how you would have been exhausted after the hunt though with all that walking. I can’t think of a more fun and memorable way to visit the Louvre.

    • WorldInParis
      10/24/2017 at 10:09 am

      Totally agree! Sporty, cultural and funny, that was our last visit to Louvre!

  • nathalie salcedo
    10/23/2017 at 11:09 am

    The activity certainly is a great idea to enjoy the travel better! Paris is sooo lovely. I wish to get a chance to see it too.

    • WorldInParis
      10/24/2017 at 9:27 pm

      Hope you will make it to Paris ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sherianne
    10/23/2017 at 1:17 am

    You lost me at no internet, but I gained a little hope knowing the website gives hint I can read beforehand! Sounds like a really fun way to experience this insanely huge museum

    • WorldInParis
      10/24/2017 at 9:27 pm

      Yes, on the blog you can find all the information about the bonus questions, big fail for us!!

  • amit
    10/22/2017 at 10:16 pm

    such a great idea with the treasure hunt and a really a great way to explore Paris, rather than just doing the standard routes. My Brother loves Paris and visits a lot, I’ll mention this to him, he would love to do something like this.

    • WorldInParis
      10/24/2017 at 9:26 pm

      Good idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anne Slater-Brooks
    10/22/2017 at 8:20 pm

    I hated the Louvre, largely because it is so big and the Mona Lisa, which is a big draw is massively over-rated in my opinion. That said, I love this idea as a way to make a visit more strategic and I would be tempted to return to do something like this. I wonder if they do them in other locations.

    • WorldInParis
      10/22/2017 at 9:10 pm

      A pity that you did not have a great experience at Louvre, maybe this hunt would help to change your mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hannah
    10/22/2017 at 11:04 am

    OMG, what a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that? ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Louvre is way too big to visit in one go, so the idea of breaking it up and using the space / collection differently is really appealing. I come from a museum background, and although I love the quiet and contemplative aspects of art and museums, I realise that these days, we have to be realistic about how to engage people with art – and this is one of them!

    • WorldInParis
      10/22/2017 at 9:12 pm

      It is great that Louvre can be seen in so many different ways. This can help kids or people not that fan of art but who still want to visit the Louvre to have a great experience. Don’t you think so?

  • Susan R
    10/22/2017 at 9:29 am

    Wow, the final result was so close! This sounds like a great way to see The Louvre. Fun to be pitted against another family too!

    • WorldInParis
      10/22/2017 at 4:02 pm

      Yes, but if your group is big enough you can compete between yourselves (ie boys against girls) . .

  • Kavita Favelle | Kavey Eats
    10/22/2017 at 8:22 am

    This sounds like such a fun idea for exploring Paris in a new way and I can see that it’s especially great for kids, to give them something more interactive when visiting sites like the Louvre!

    • WorldInParis
      10/22/2017 at 9:13 pm

      Totally agree. But there were no kids with us and we had lots of fun as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Megan Jerrard
    10/22/2017 at 4:53 am

    I love the idea of exploring the Louvre through a treasure hunt! What a fun way to engage with the exhibits! Haha I do like that they have basic rules though which say no running inside the museum โ€“ I can only imagine how frantic that would get โ€“ some people are very competative!

    Sounds like a really fun day despite the loss lol โ€“ I would almost rather lose by a long shot than miss out by one :D! What a fun way to explore the Lourve ๐Ÿ™‚

    • WorldInParis
      10/22/2017 at 9:18 pm

      I am sure some visitors were thinking that we were weird tourists because of the quirky selfies we took. I cannot imagine the show if we started running through the Louvre halls, ha haa

  • Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    10/21/2017 at 11:46 pm

    First of all, one pain au chocolat is never enough, Louvre or no Louvre! Second, what a fun way to (re)discover the Louvre! It’s so big and you really do need a focus and a strategy. How fun to do it with a scavenger hunt. Plus. I can imagine how engaging it is for families with kids. Paris seems to make my travel list every year so I’d love to try out the THATLou scavenger hunt.

    • WorldInParis
      10/22/2017 at 9:15 pm

      You will love it! Plus there are different hunt topics so all the people find something they like ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gabby
    10/21/2017 at 10:45 pm

    what a cool way to visit the Louvre! I’ve never heard of these types of games, but it sounds like it makes a visit way more fun!

    • WorldInParis
      10/22/2017 at 8:52 am

      YES, it is an original (and funny) way to visit the Louvre, I totally recommend these hunts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • steph & zach dorworth
    10/21/2017 at 5:20 pm

    First of all, love that you all are a team writing together. And love the painting up top! About the post it’s such a fun and unique way to explore a museum. Hopefully we get to go to Paris someday in the near future!

    • WorldInParis
      10/22/2017 at 9:14 pm

      Hope you will make it! And don’t miss the Louvre (conventional visit or quirky visit), it is worth it!

  • Fiona Maclean
    10/21/2017 at 1:38 pm

    That does sound like a great idea. I’ve been to the Louvre and it’s huge so I can imagine what challenge this is. I’ll be looking for a THATLou team to play with next time I am there

    • WorldInParis
      10/21/2017 at 4:56 pm

      I am sure you will have a great time! It is a cool way to re-visit the Louvre ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lois Alter Mark
    10/21/2017 at 12:33 pm

    What a fun way to explore the Louvre! This is a great way to get kids interested in the art. Sorry you didn’t win but it sounds like you all had a good time anyway. Go get another pain au chocolat!

    • WorldInParis
      10/21/2017 at 4:56 pm

      Lol! It is funny for kids and grown-ups! One pain au chocolat was enough . . . ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Rhonda Albom
    10/21/2017 at 11:35 am

    We only had a few days in Paris and eventually decided against going to the Louvre, but I totally regret it. The scavenger hunt sounds like so much fun. Pity you ended up losing, but still it must have been great to see all the different arts.

    • WorldInParis
      10/21/2017 at 4:58 pm

      We have been to Louvre many times but yes, it was a very cool excuse to go once again and have a great time. Maybe there will be a next time for you to Louvre ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sreekar
    10/21/2017 at 10:22 am

    Your tips could not have been more timely for me. Heading over there in Feb and need those simple tips that you have suggested!

    • WorldInParis
      10/21/2017 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks! I wish you a great trip to Paris!