TREASURE HUNT IN PARIS WITH THATMuse
Bonjour from le Louvre! Today we want to propose you a quirky Paris visit, the kind of visits that we like: we are going to explore the Louvre through a treasure hunt.
Our host is THATMuse, a young startup who organizes different treasure hunts in Paris. These Paris scavenger hunts are perfect for families, groups of friends and also can be proposed as team building activities in Paris. This hunt, in particular, is the Louvre Treasure Hunt, also called THATLou.
Are you ready to visit the Louvre in a different way?
We meet Sarah (THATMuse) in front of the pyramid of the Louvre, in Paris 1. World in Paris is in competition with Kartik, Gayatri and Swara, a family from Tennessee visiting Paris for 3 days. This is their very first trip to Paris and they have never been to Louvre before but as you can see in the picture they look very motivated!
After the presentations and a short introduction with interesting facts about le Louvre, we all enter the museum through the glass pyramid for the briefing and the Louvre scavenger hunt.
The Louvre Treasure Hunt principle is very simple:
Teams (2 to 4 people) are given a list of treasures of the Louvre, 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 must photograph themselves in front of it to score some points.
Additional THATLou bonus challenges are embedded in the art treasures of the Louvre descriptions, ensuring that hunters read about their treasure. This also makes the Louvre scavenger hunt for kids educational, fun and interactive.
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.
THE LOUVRE SCAVENGER HUNT STARTS!
When the hunt starts, our adversaries go straight to Richelieu wing while we sit for 5 minutes to study the treasures list and the Louvre museum map. We feel WE NEED 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 feel like Louvre pros but our friends do not look scared of us. Who is going to win THATLou?
During the first hour we move smoothly through the different Louvre halls and the first artworks (the biggest ones, he hee) are easy to find. You can find some of World in Paris pictures with the artworks on the slideshow below. However, some of the bonus questions are difficult and we don’t find all the treasure hunt clues on the information panels. We should have read THATMuse’s blog before the treasure hunt at Louvre, which (we will see it later) is full of hints for the hunt!
The second hour is less effective. We are tired (too many Louvre halls, the museum is huge!) and the first frictions between us appear:
– 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 arrive to the meeting point with a good amount of artworks checked. The final count of points starts:
World in Paris 530 points
Tennessee family 531 points
Damn, we have lost!!
Apparently, their strategy worked better than ours and the victory is for them. Congratulations!
After the Louvre scavenger hunt, teams can stay in the Louvre as long as they want to see more of the galleries. Instead, we will prefer to enjoy the nice weather outside: defeats are less bitter under the sun of Paris …
LOUVRE TREASURE HUNT – INFO & TIPS
» 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 to wear comfortable shoes, you are going to walk a lot! We also suggest bringing your own water and a couple of snacks.
» There is no best way to visit the Louvre but if after the hunt you want to see the Louvre in a more conventional, way have a look at our Louvre Museum Guide with all the info & tips for visiting the Louvre like a pro.
THATLou – FINAL THOUGHTS
We had a blast! THATMuse’s Louvre Treasure hunt is an original and funny way to discover (or re-discover!) the Louvre. In addition, we learned many interesting things related to the treasures while playing so the hunts are also educational and interactive. This is a fun activity to do in Paris with kids or without kids. It is also a great and we will be 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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