Treasure Hunt Themes

btn_create-customEach treasure hunt is conceived around a theme, keeping players motivated and focused! The following is our current list of themes for all Public and Private hunts. If you are interested in creating a custom theme for your company or event, please contact us. Otherwise mouse over the themes below for their descriptions.

We’ve also taken to the Streets of Paris with THATRue, offering 3 distinct, self-guided hunts in the ‘Rue’ (Streets in French) of the Latin Quarter. And yes, there’s a package deal for this with a Louvre or Musee d’Orsay hunt (THATd’Or), too!

  • All Things Gaul

  • First created for a public Bastille Day Hunt, “All Things Gaul, for those who have the gall” covers about 25% of the museum (nearly 2 miles), predominately avoiding the crowds. It's geared toward adults & older kids interested in history, as treasure text is cross referenced with juicy French history (dragon lady Queen Marie de Medici, fancy Frog monarchs & their lovers, etc) as well as touching on treasures from grisly medieval Paris. There are a few exceptions included, such as the Mona Lisa, Queen of Frog Marketing!
  • Angels + Wings

  • The Winged Victory of Samothrace, of course included here, is easily one of the Louvre’s top 5 most famous works, but Angels + Wings also gets you to little-known corners of the museum (did you know the Louvre had a Braque ceiling of doves?). There's plenty of frilly French sculpture as well as precise Dutch and Flemish masterpieces. This theme's good for those with lots of energy + physical stamina for the sheer ground you'll cover (not ideal for young children). A well-balanced hunt whose purpose is to be far reaching and give you a broad overview, accompanied by Cupid and the angelic prancing putti!
  • Animals in Richelieu

  • This predominately European hunt is perfect for the family with young children or elderly who want to AVOID the crowds flocking to Mona Lisa. The Richelieu Wing has illustrious Dutch masterpieces, Renaissance 'Objet d’Arts' and frilly French sculptures (delicate butterflies, soignée swans) within IM Pei’s garden court. You’ll hunt for puffed-up griffins, dancing bears shaking their bottoms on medieval Flemish tapestries, impish monkeys stealing fruit, as well as some noble Near Eastern lions lining a Persian palace!
  • Beauty + Bestiary, extended

  • This is for the team who wants to have more treasure to find, in case they want to stay on in the museum longer. As well as all of the highlights listed in the classic Beauty & Bestiary, this hunt also includes works from the Northern European collection on the 2nd floor of Richelieu wing. We've typically used this B&B for larger hunts where we're hosting up to 10 teams (such as a birthday party or corporate hunt), so there's less chance of teams running into each other.
  • Beauty + the Beast(iary)

  • A good bridge for first-time tourists + Parisian locals alike, as it combines Louvre Icons (beauty abounding, such as the Mona Lisa!) with more obscure Bestiary (imaginary creatures like Griffins, Dragons, Egyptian Sphinxes and Dionysian Satyrs) that lie in the emptier chambers of the museum, including the new Islamic Wing. This one is probably our most popular hunt as it satisfies a broad market, as well as being Kid-Friendly.
  • Food + Wine

  • Just think belching Bacchuses, debauched Dionysuses, sumptuous feasts & a handful of delicious 17th-C Dutch still-lifes for good measure. For Foodies who have come to eat their way through France, this may just be the most indulgent way of visiting the Louvre. Good for tourists who are happy to while the whole afternoon slowly (not ideal for families with kids with short attention spans or little legs, as it covers all three wings). This hunt avoids high-traffic areas, apart from 3 treasures found in the Mona Lisa room & crossing the Italian painting gallery to reach the divinely dark kitchen scenes of the Spanish Baroque!
  • Kings + Leaders

  • Originally created for a public hunt on 3 Kings Day, which sent hunters on an Epiphany (har!). As for content just think busts of glory! Perhaps some scheming scions from the Roman Empire? Why not a few portraits of fancy French monarchs or full blown sculptures of crafty king-makers? You get the idea. Not ideal for little legs, as it covers a broad swath (not finding treasure for stretches), but popular with Corporate Team-Building events & older kids (16 & up - some of those monarchs were naughty, after all!)
  • Ladies at the Louvre

  • From Egyptian Queen Nefertiti to Roman Empress Livia, Venus de Milo to Mary Magdalene, this hunt celebrates the Ladies at the Louvre! It's a well-balanced hunt between getting you to some "greatest hits" as well as to getting you off the beaten path to far-reaching chambers -- all the while including silly embarrassing photo requests. Perfect for a girls’ night out, before you head off for drinks as you tally your score!
  • Love + Marriage

  • Good for tourists, as it includes some major Louvre Icons such as the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa, but you also get impish Eros and his arrows, and of course opulent wedding feasts! This hunt is appropriate for private couples visiting Paris to celebrate their romance, Hen parties, or of course destination weddings. There’s nothing like a treasure hunt to break the ice between the bride and groom’s guests – plus it provides an event in one of Paris’s most visited tourist sites whilst having FUN!
  • Skull Scouting!

  • THATLou Goes Ghoulish on the Death Hunt! Originally built for Halloween, hunters are sent on the prowl for splendid 17th C Dutch Vanitas (bonus for pointing out the skulls or hourglasses reminding you of your imminent demise!), French monarch’s tombs (which can get gory), Roman sarcophagi and Egyptian Mummies, and of course plenty of European paintings of miracles such as Christ sprouting from the grave! Apart from being dark, be sure you're bursting with energy, as this hunt gets you to all three wings, on all four levels (i.e. that's a warning for kids unaccustomed to walking long stretches).
  • THATLou Arts + Sciences

  • The Arts + Science hunt is reserved for school groups wishing to illustrate the connection between these two, often disparately-treated subjects. Each of the pieces of treasure included is accompanied by a scientific p.o.v., sometimes with formulas and graphs when need-be. For example David + Goliath discusses the difference between Centripetal + Centrifugal Forces to address the use of David's sling. We also have a quiz which teachers may opt for (additionally) concerning the hunt. It was originally created for "Science Academie" an NGO associated with ENS, Ecole Normale Superieur (France's MIT). It does not cover Louvre Icons.
  • THATLou Corporate Hunt

  • THATLou creates custom-themed hunts suited to their client's industry or corporate history. For example we built Wheels + Motion for Piaggio's management team (what's more appropriate for the makers of the cool-cat Vespa than Wheels + Motion?). Alternatively if you're on a budget, choose an existing theme (ex: Wealth + Power) and furnish us with a few company talking points so we can embed them as bonus questions. It's a great team-building event, fostering camaraderie among colleagues, as well as building on company pride! References available upon request.

All Things Gaul

First created for a public Bastille Day Hunt, “All Things Gaul, for those who have the gall” covers about 25% of the museum (nearly 2 miles), predominately avoiding the crowds. It's geared toward adults & older kids interested in history, as treasure text is cross referenced with juicy French history (dragon lady Queen Marie de Medici, fancy Frog monarchs & their lovers, etc) as well as touching on treasures from grisly medieval Paris. There are a few exceptions included, such as the Mona Lisa, Queen of Frog Marketing!

Angels + Wings

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, of course included here, is easily one of the Louvre’s top 5 most famous works, but Angels + Wings also gets you to little-known corners of the museum (did you know the Louvre had a Braque ceiling of doves?). There's plenty of frilly French sculpture as well as precise Dutch and Flemish masterpieces. This theme's good for those with lots of energy + physical stamina for the sheer ground you'll cover (not ideal for young children). A well-balanced hunt whose purpose is to be far reaching and give you a broad overview, accompanied by Cupid and the angelic prancing putti!

Animals in Richelieu

This predominately European hunt is perfect for the family with young children or elderly who want to AVOID the crowds flocking to Mona Lisa. The Richelieu Wing has illustrious Dutch masterpieces, Renaissance 'Objet d’Arts' and frilly French sculptures (delicate butterflies, soignée swans) within IM Pei’s garden court. You’ll hunt for puffed-up griffins, dancing bears shaking their bottoms on medieval Flemish tapestries, impish monkeys stealing fruit, as well as some noble Near Eastern lions lining a Persian palace!

Beauty + Bestiary, extended

This is for the team who wants to have more treasure to find, in case they want to stay on in the museum longer. As well as all of the highlights listed in the classic Beauty & Bestiary, this hunt also includes works from the Northern European collection on the 2nd floor of Richelieu wing. We've typically used this B&B for larger hunts where we're hosting up to 10 teams (such as a birthday party or corporate hunt), so there's less chance of teams running into each other.

Beauty + the Beast(iary)

A good bridge for first-time tourists + Parisian locals alike, as it combines Louvre Icons (beauty abounding, such as the Mona Lisa!) with more obscure Bestiary (imaginary creatures like Griffins, Dragons, Egyptian Sphinxes and Dionysian Satyrs) that lie in the emptier chambers of the museum, including the new Islamic Wing. This one is probably our most popular hunt as it satisfies a broad market, as well as being Kid-Friendly.

Food + Wine

Just think belching Bacchuses, debauched Dionysuses, sumptuous feasts & a handful of delicious 17th-C Dutch still-lifes for good measure. For Foodies who have come to eat their way through France, this may just be the most indulgent way of visiting the Louvre. Good for tourists who are happy to while the whole afternoon slowly (not ideal for families with kids with short attention spans or little legs, as it covers all three wings). This hunt avoids high-traffic areas, apart from 3 treasures found in the Mona Lisa room & crossing the Italian painting gallery to reach the divinely dark kitchen scenes of the Spanish Baroque!

Kings + Leaders

Originally created for a public hunt on 3 Kings Day, which sent hunters on an Epiphany (har!). As for content just think busts of glory! Perhaps some scheming scions from the Roman Empire? Why not a few portraits of fancy French monarchs or full blown sculptures of crafty king-makers? You get the idea. Not ideal for little legs, as it covers a broad swath (not finding treasure for stretches), but popular with Corporate Team-Building events & older kids (16 & up - some of those monarchs were naughty, after all!)

Ladies at the Louvre

From Egyptian Queen Nefertiti to Roman Empress Livia, Venus de Milo to Mary Magdalene, this hunt celebrates the Ladies at the Louvre! It's a well-balanced hunt between getting you to some "greatest hits" as well as to getting you off the beaten path to far-reaching chambers -- all the while including silly embarrassing photo requests. Perfect for a girls’ night out, before you head off for drinks as you tally your score!

Love + Marriage

Good for tourists, as it includes some major Louvre Icons such as the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa, but you also get impish Eros and his arrows, and of course opulent wedding feasts! This hunt is appropriate for private couples visiting Paris to celebrate their romance, Hen parties, or of course destination weddings. There’s nothing like a treasure hunt to break the ice between the bride and groom’s guests – plus it provides an event in one of Paris’s most visited tourist sites whilst having FUN!

Skull Scouting!

THATLou Goes Ghoulish on the Death Hunt! Originally built for Halloween, hunters are sent on the prowl for splendid 17th C Dutch Vanitas (bonus for pointing out the skulls or hourglasses reminding you of your imminent demise!), French monarch’s tombs (which can get gory), Roman sarcophagi and Egyptian Mummies, and of course plenty of European paintings of miracles such as Christ sprouting from the grave! Apart from being dark, be sure you're bursting with energy, as this hunt gets you to all three wings, on all four levels (i.e. that's a warning for kids unaccustomed to walking long stretches).

THATLou Arts + Sciences

The Arts + Science hunt is reserved for school groups wishing to illustrate the connection between these two, often disparately-treated subjects. Each of the pieces of treasure included is accompanied by a scientific p.o.v., sometimes with formulas and graphs when need-be. For example David + Goliath discusses the difference between Centripetal + Centrifugal Forces to address the use of David's sling. We also have a quiz which teachers may opt for (additionally) concerning the hunt. It was originally created for "Science Academie" an NGO associated with ENS, Ecole Normale Superieur (France's MIT). It does not cover Louvre Icons.

THATLou Corporate Hunt

THATLou creates custom-themed hunts suited to their client's industry or corporate history. For example we built Wheels + Motion for Piaggio's management team (what's more appropriate for the makers of the cool-cat Vespa than Wheels + Motion?). Alternatively if you're on a budget, choose an existing theme (ex: Wealth + Power) and furnish us with a few company talking points so we can embed them as bonus questions. It's a great team-building event, fostering camaraderie among colleagues, as well as building on company pride! References available upon request.