The Louvre is a tourist’s obligation just as much as the Eiffel Tower, yet a palace of 65,000m² with 35,000 pieces of art certainly overwhelms! Henri Loyrette, former director of the Louvre, said that 80% of visitors go for the Mona Lisa & then leave.
That’s a crime which THATLou looks to solve, focusing hunters on a theme, whilst expanding their interest in un-trodden corners. Moreover it’s FUN, inevitably pumping adrenaline in the chase to capture as much treasure (the art of the museum) within the given time. Whilst trying to beat the other team, you may just learn something on the way -- treasure text often has bonus questions sneakily embedded, requiring close reading! Each hunt, which takes 90 mins to 2 hours, is intentionally created with excess treasure; hopefully – our very goal – your team will want to extend their museum visit (perhaps leisurely, un-competitively… how novel!).
Those remaining treasures may just be a carrot! THATLou’s also hosted plenty of successful corporate team building hunts, as well as customised Hen/Birthday/Anniversary parties. So grab your phone or camera, photo your team in front of as many pieces of treasure as possible, & if we’ve done our job your kids will be leading you back into the museum after your hunt!
THATKid is geared to kids of varying ages (from 5 to 13) so one THATKid can be shared between two kids. THATKid is a collection of supplemental exercises for after your hunt, some require the museum (finding 5 trees in 5 Flemish paintings all in the same room, for instance) while others can be done later (a Mona Lisa puzzle sticker sheet, Michelangelo connect-the-dots, Botticelli spot-the-difference). It’s made so you can remove individual sheets, so kids can do them at a restaurant, on a train ride or at your hotel & comes with an Art History glossary. THATKid costs 15€/one, 28€/two 40€/three.
THATRue is a street hunt which we have in both the Latin Quarter (3 distinct routes, in English and Spanish) and the Marais (2 distinct routes currently only in Spanish). One route costs 20€/team, takes 60 to 90 minutes and is scheduled on your own (weather dependent) after your museum hunt. We bring THATRue when we meet you for your museum hunt, but please note THATRue is not sold independently (we have discontinued our postal/drop off service), unless it’s hosted to groups of 12 or more. It’s often customized for Hen/Stag/Birthday parties, corporate hunts (the Dutch Embassy sent 70 a-hunting recently) or for school groups (it was originally built for 150 American high school teens who used all three routes simultaneously). More info can be seen here
If you book two museum hunts (THATLou, THATd’Or & THATBrit), you automatically get two free THATRue Routes for two teams
BEAUTY + THE BESTIARY
Is our most popular theme for first-time visitors (adults & kids alike) to the Louvre. Bestiary are imaginary creatures such as unicorns, griffins & dragons, but for the purpose of getting hunters to the main highlights, it includes Egyptian sphinxes, Roman satyrs, Greek Centaurs. Covering Louvre Icons such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace, it also includes lesser-visited corners such as the most recent Louvre addition, the Islamic Collection, and French sculpture court for a relief from the crowds. KID-FRIENDLY
THATLou goes ghoulish on this search for all things dark and macabre, from a decapitated Goliath to a medieval French skeleton. Don’t let’s leave out Roman Sarcophagi, Dutch Vanitas and Egyptian Mummies! This theme covers a good amount of ground, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but is also KID-FRIENDLY, as was reviewed here. What better way to get their attention than to go for the gore?!?
Perfect for team-building events, THATLou has hosted plenty of corporate hunts whose whole theme is customized (Piaggio commissioned us to build the Wheels & Motion hunt, suitable for the makers of the Vespa Scooter!). Or some companies on a budget choose an existing hunt and offer up bonus questions which we embed in treasure text!
Prowl about after prancing putti, capturing an impish Eros with his arrow! The Venus de Milo is of course chief to this theme & included are wedding feasts by Italian, French and Northern European painters. It’s frequently customized for Hen and Stag parties, not to mention being good for destination wedding ice breakers, or the romantic newlyweds in Paris on a first anniversary. As it covers a good amount of ground, it’s hard on little legs.
ALL THINGS GAUL
Originally built to celebrate Bastille Day, France’s National Day, this theme focuses nearly exclusively on works by Frenchmen and keeps hunters off the beaten-track for the most part, to lesser-known corners of the museum. You’ll leave having learned about French faience (porcelain), tapestries, Frog kingmakers, monarchs – and their lovers, bien sûr! The only exception is the Mona Lisa – despite being by an Italian, she’s included as she is the face of Gaul Marketing!
KINGS + LEADERS
A popular choice for corporate titans, organizing an office team-building hunt because it requires a fair amount of strategy. Not particularly family-friendly, as it not only covers extensive ground (thus the need to strategise), it also includes some scandalous French monarchs and their lovers, as well as a fair number of Roman Emperors who we all know could also be shockingly salacious!
LADIES AT THE LOUVRE
Often chosen for Hen Parties and a great hunt for a ladies night out before score tallying over a drink, Ladies at the Louvre covers a good amount of ground, so leave your heels at home! This is a well-balanced hunt between the lesser known quarters as well as including some Louvre Lady Icons, such as Nike of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa. Not ideal for children/impatient hunters as there are long stretches where treasure isn’t found.
ANGELS + WINGS
Not exactly kid-oriented (as you do have to fly about from wing to wing), this was the first theme we built for a Parisian Expat Blogger event which launched THATLou in 2012. Prancing putti in the sculpture collection, heavenly arc-angels in Italian painting, fluttering Flemish birdies in the Northern European collection, this theme gets you all over the place! (not suitable for short legs, as the Louvre is 8 miles if stretched out!)
ANIMALS IN ART
This theme is meant for the family who wants to steer clear of the crowds (thus skipping famous Louvre icons), keeping to quieter & more contained corners of the museum so you can focus on scouting out (& sometimes pose as!) your animals. Works included are Northern European painting, Medieval European as well as French sculpture. Please don’t choose this theme if you’d like to see the Mona Lisa, Nike of Samothrace or Venus de Milo. KID-FRIENDLY
FOOD + WINE
Originally built for Thanksgiving, this delicious theme is good for adults who want to take their time on the hunt as it covers a broad swath of the museum, from Dionysus and his bacchanalian retinue to sumptuous 17th C Dutch still lifes, Greek urns to Egyptian funerary friezes sending their dead off with foooooood! As Pernod-Ricard attests, this also makes for a good corporate hunt before an office feast!
ARTS & SCIENCES
This hunt is reserved for school groups, having originally been built for the ENS (France’s equivalent to America’s MIT), although it’s also been used by Palo Alto HS Math trip to Europe as well as other school groups interested in making the connection between Art and Science. If you’re leading a school group, please contact us if this is of interest. This theme requires a longer lead time than others.
THE WEDDING FEAST AT CANA, 1563 Paolo Caliari, aka VERONESE (Verona 1528 – Venice 1588) 16th Century, Italian Painting
The Benedictine monks of St Giorgio Maggiore (the Palladian church on the Venetian island of the same name) commissioned Veronese to do this monumental work to decorate their new refectory. Hung at 2.5 meters high, the idea was to give the illusion of extended space. It’s huge -- 6 meters by 10 – larger than many Parisian flats! One has to wonder how pure these monks were though, considering the sumptuousness of the 130 fellow diners in this panel. Moreover one wonders how abstinent they were, considering the subject: Christ’s first miracle, when he attended a wedding that was about to run dry, he turned the water to wine, making him everyone’s favorite wedding guest. Filled to the brim with delights, thirty bonus points if you count how many dogs are in this painting and another ten if two of your team get down on all fours and poses like those two dogs in the foreground. And yes this is the room with the highest foot-traffic (80% of 30K people a day!): The Mona Lisa is watching you! Is your pride for sale? GAME POINTS: 10
You’re met outside IM Pei’s pyramid and provided with a brief history of the Louvre, accompanied into the museum and within the lobby oriented with our highlighted maps. Team packs include the hunt, map, pencils & the all-important answer sheets (in sealed envelopes!). In the Classic Hunt you’re offered “friendly competition” (to play against another family, if one has surfaced with your date/theme), or some families of 4 like to split into two teams, one parent & child per team. Please note, this this hunt is neither guided nor are you met at the end. Cost: 25€/person (not including entry tickets, kids under 5 play free)
The format of the Luxe Hunt is the same as the Classic Hunt except during your hunt the THATLou Rep skulks about the museum spot checking that you’re not cheating (no separating, no external help!) and then once you’ve regrouped you tally scores together before a prize-giving ceremony (at a nearby café, on a patch of green outside the museum or within the museum itself, if you prefer to see more afterwards). Cost: 350€/3 hours, including 2 Kid Packs & light-hearted prizes, but please note entry tickets cost an additional 22€/adult. Limited to families of 6 people or fewer
of 15 or larger, often opt to customize their hunts. Please contact us for a quote -- ideally mentioning if you’d like a customized hunt or not & a bit about your demographic (office party, Hen/Stag do, birthday/anniversary hunt, school group?). Please note museum registration is easily handled by the client directly (we’re happy to send links) or for an additional cost we handle registration, too. References available ranging from Lego and Google to Airbus & Piaggio for corporate hunts, to Swiss boarding schools & French Business Schools, Girl Scouts and plenty of Hen / Birthday / Anniversary Hunts
LOUVRE ENTRY TICKETS
Kids under 18 enter free, EU Citizens under 26 enter free with photo ID. If you’re in Paris for a few days, we’ve heard wonderful things about the “Paris Museum Pass” which the government tourist board sells here. Alternatively, timed entry tickets can be bought on the Louvre website here, but please only buy them after your hunt has been confirmed (ideally buying them for either our meeting time or 15 minutes after). Please note, tickets do sell out, and you need to print them prior to meeting. If you’re in a bind, we do have an untimed & flexible ticket service for 22€/adult
75001 Paris, France
Lines 1 & 7 (Station “Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre”)
(stop in front of the Pyramid)
21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 & Open Top
Closed Tuesdays, open late Wednesday & Fridays (9 am – 9:45 pm, rooms start closing at 9:15),
all other days open 9 am-6 pm (rooms start closing at 5:15)
HOURS WE RECOMMEND
As many don’t know of the late hours on Wednesday & Fridays, the crowds are (relatively!) thinner those afternoon and evenings. With our flexible ticket service you could schedule an afternoon hunt, have dinner in the neighborhood for a museum break and return for a leisurely night wander, perhaps finding remaining treasure as a family, un-competitively! Weekends tend to be more crowded