As a solo traveler, time allowed to wander in a museum is priceless. I can stare at a painting, read the information cards, listen to the audio guide or just sit in a room and take it all in. The Louvre is one such museum where despite multiple visits, I can’t say I’ve done it all (I’ve heard it’s over eight miles of art!). Each time, I see where the day, my mood, and the crowds take me – one visit, I spent hours in Egypt, another I had the Polynesian room all to myself and yet another I did the highlights all over again. With multiple food options on site, the Louvre can be an all day affair if you want it to be, however, with a child, specifically my eleven year old niece, I needed to find a way to make the museum fun. Enter the Treasure Hunt at the Louvre (THATLou for short).
I found THATLou on TripAdvisor and immediately loved the concept – a treasure hunt (scavenger hunt) arranged around a topic in the Louvre to keep you focused on the art (with over 35,000 pieces of art, it is overwhelming to any visitor) and learn a bit more along the way. I knew our time in the museum had a diminishing return with an eleven year old so turning our visit into game was awesome!
I booked our “Beauty and the Beast(ies)” private hunt for Friday afternoon (the museum is open late on Friday) at a cost of 25 Euro per person (PayPal deposit of 20 Euro with the remaining 30 Euro in cash). You need a separate entry ticket for the Louvre (you can buy ahead or have THATLou buy for you). Each group has the option to do the treasure hunt on their own, we were lucky that a family wanted to join up in a friendly competition.