Treasure Hunt At The Musée d’Orsay

Having lived in Paris for 6 months, you would think that I must have already visited at least a few museums. Nope. So I’m just going to put it out there. I am absolutely clueless when it comes to art. For me, tackling museums in Paris is a “must-do” but feels more of a chore than fun.

Well last night, this perspective changed thanks to my participation in Treasure Hunt at Musée d’Orsay – THATd’Or. This had been a private event hosted by AFMO’s Avant Garde and organized by Daisy de Plume, the founder of Treasure Hunt at the Louvre, more familiarly known as THATLou.

The rule of the hunt was actually simple albeit challenging. We were put into teams of 3-4 then given a map of the museum and a questionnaire which had 24 treasures with images and blocks of text giving insights into the actual work of arts. The goal is to see as many treasures as possible and prove it by filling in the date the art was acquired or who donated it.

Daisy built last night’s hunt on Motion and Movement theme so I mustn’t forget to mention some “bonus points” involved shamelessly demanding strangers to take our pictures while posing to resemble pieces of dancing arts.

What made this especially fun was how you couldn’t help become instinctively competitive. There’s this urge of wanting to race the others however there were A LOT of strict rulings: no running was allowed and your team must remain together at all times and not be more than 3 meters apart, oof! It was hard. I was panting by the time we had to return to checkpoint because we had gone up and down the 5 levels of the museum. Yet I was itching to go back up and around a bit more because my team didn’t manage to find all the treasures and you know what? I was furiously curious.

The team with the most points won tickets to the upcoming Easter treasure hunt at the Louvre. Alas my team didn’t win but still, I was left yearning to revisit the museum, complete the questionnaire AND to take my time looking at everything else which caught my attention during the hunt.

So has this experience changed my thoughts on museums? Yes! Did I have fun? Hells yes!

Not only did the hunt stimulate my artless soul, it also gave me more understanding of each treasure. It was also a great way to meet new people and realised I’m not the only clueless person in Paris.

I talked to Daisy during the post-hunt drinks and found her to be the most down-to-earth person you could ever imagine. Her humility was heart-warming and you couldn’t help but like her instantly. On top of that, she was extremely organised and I am grateful to be included in the program despite joining at the last minute.

Right now I’m busy stalking Daisy’s blog because I’m totally keen on participating in the next scheduled treasure hunt at the Louvre. If you can relate to me and are looking for more interesting way to visit museums, check out her site as well and see if it could be something for you.

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  • Lize

    haha I am so useless with art it isnt funny… my sister is an artist and I think all the ‘artyness’ went to her.. I too have been to no more than 3 museums in Paris.. its a joke! One of my new years resolutions, get to more!! the treasure hunt sounds super fun! glad you enjoyed it! x

    • willsheloveparis

      I know how you feel Lize and I can relate haha. The treasure hunt was so much fun and I must do the Louvre one as well. Good luck with your new years resolution. Once a week perhaps? :) xxx

      • Daisy de Plume

        Hi Lize and Grace – there are certainly enough museums applying to enough interests to do one once a week in Paris!

        • Lize

          I will have to start this ritual! I have a free ticket to an exhibition actually which is going to run out in about 5 days (have had it for 4 months) so this weekend I will definitely be heading to a museum! Finally!! Thanks Daisy and Grace xo

  • http://etdrysskanel.wordpress.com/ Synne

    I absolutely adore Musée d’Orsay! Such a great collection of impressionist art, and in such gorgeous surrounding… I did not know that there is such a thing as Louvre treasure hunts, but that idea just made me grin from ear to ear. Merci! Thank you for your kind words about my blog, by the way. Bon week-end à vous!

    • willsheloveparis

      oh Synne, if only I can talk about museums like you ie great collection of impressionist art etc. I have only just learned so hopefully I’ll get there eventually. The Louvre treasure hunt is heaven-sent for peeps like me. Bon week-end à vous aussi! xxx

      • Daisy de Plume

        Dearest Grace, the most important thing that my mother taught me about art (she was an art historian) was that you don’t have to necessarily know about art to know what you like. All you need is one painting/sculpture/bldg, etc to open the world of learning about it – then it becomes contagious! xx D

        • willsheloveparis

          Thank you so much for sharing this Daisy :) xxx

    • Daisy de Plume

      Hi Synne, You must join a THATLou (what Treasure Hunt at the Louvre stands for) when time allows. We have public hunts the first Sunday of the month and do private events (6 people minimum for a night’s romp) throughout the month.
      Kind regards, Daisy
      http://www.thatlou.com

      • http://etdrysskanel.wordpress.com/ Synne

        I will! It sounds superb!

  • Daisy de Plume

    And lastly, but most importantly, Grace! I am a computer idiot, and thought I wrote a comment on your blog to thank you for such a delicious write up. Your words are too kind! (but it turns out that when I wrote you this I wrote it on my own “schedule” page that you did the “ping” back. Alas, Thank you!! Warm regards, Daisy

    • willsheloveparis

      You’re most welcome Daisy. It was a pleasure to participate! xxx

  • Nicola

    It was great to meet you and race around the Orsay with you. Did you ever find out where that huge painting we missed was?! Nicky

    • willsheloveparis

      Nicola! You made such wonderful companion :) Hope to see you soon xxx, Grace

    • Daisy de Plume

      Hi Nicky! Yes, the ghastly Chenavard that Baudelaire rattles on insulting so cleverly is in Room 7 on the RDC. It’s hard to find because Room 7 has a divider, which isn’t immediately apparent unless you peek your head around the enormous wall.

  • RBJello

    This is so awesome!!! What a fun activity. I would love to do a treasure hunt in a museum!

    • http://expatedna.com/ Edna

      You should join the next THATLou! Daisy’s hunts are so awesome.

      • willsheloveparis

        Edna your recount of THATLou’s was awesome! gosh you could be a novel writer! xxx

        • http://expatedna.com/ Edna

          Haha that’s very sweet of you Grace!

    • willsheloveparis

      hehehe yeah it was heaps fun, you should definitely do the next THATLou xxx

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  • UshaJoy

    This sounds right up my alley! Wish I had known about it when I was in Paris last autumn but I am definitely doing a hunt on my next trip.

    • willsheloveparis

      Yay! yes Usha you should definitely do it. Heaps fun and great exercise haha xxx

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