Louvre Treasure Hunt, Paris

 

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:

» 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.

» Teams must stay together at all times.

» No running inside the museum.

» 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… 🙁

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

» 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

» The price for the Louvre Classic Hunt (THATLou) is 25€ per person. This price does not include the Louvre entrance fee.

» 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.

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

» 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.

» 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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