All Things Gaul
First created for a public Bastille Day Hunt, “All Things Gaul, for those who have the gall” covers about 40 to 50% of the museum (nearly 4 miles – not for the faint of heart!). However, if you strategise impressively it is possible to get all 20-odd pieces of treasure within two hours. If you’re up for an invigorating visit to the Louvre this is your hunt, focusing on French history (Napoleon, Louis XIV), with a few exceptions 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 + 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.
Fish + Water
Poseidon, god of the sea, and his Triton are triumphant across this hunt, as are fine Islamic jugs and an adorable Near Eastern Bronze-Age boats! Fish + Water is less European-painting focused than other THATLous, although there is of course a delicious Dutch still life stuffed with fish, here and there which gets you up to the 2nd floor of the Richelieu Wing (great view of the Eiffel Tower!). This hunt covers all three wings, but tries to avoid the crowds. This hunt is good for an overview of the museum, and one who may not want to play on a timed basis.
Food + Wine
Just think belching Bacchuses, debauched Dionysuses, sumptuous feasts and perhaps a 17th-C Dutch still-life or two 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)
Kings + Leaders
Originally created for a public hunt on 3 King’s Day, which sent hunters on an Epiphany (har!). As for content just think busts of glory! Perhaps from the Roman Empire? Why not some portraits of fancy French monarchs or full blown sculptures crafty king-makers? You get the idea. Good for school groups or families visiting with teens, whose European History classes may just come alive in the halls of the Louvre!
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!
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 (think of fuzzy creatures warming their feet), 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.
THATLou Arts + Sciences
The Arts + Science hunt is not suggested for the idle visitor to Paris, but for local school groups wishing to illustrate the connection between these two, often disparately-treated subjects. Each of the 25 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).
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.