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Treasure hunting at the Louvre

Treasure hunters (from left) Tara Byrne, Wan Yan, and Susan Feess finding Simon de Vos’s “Gathering of Smokers and Drinkers.”
Treasure hunters (from left) Tara Byrne, Wan Yan, and Susan Feess finding Simon de Vos’s “Gathering of Smokers and Drinkers.”James Feess

PARIS — On the first Sunday of every month, the Louvre transforms from a vast, somewhat overwhelming art museum into an adrenalin-pumping hunting ground. THATLou (Treasure Hunts at the Louvre), created by US expat Daisy de Plume, offers a themed treasure hunt taking participants around the world’s largest art gallery in search of treasure (artwork) in hopes of winning a prize and maybe learning a thing or two along the way.

If you won’t be in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, don’t despair: Occasional Friday evening hunts are offered, and private hunts are available.

Upcoming themes include Beauty and the Beast(iary) March 3; an Easter-themed hunt March 31; Fish + Water for Poisson d’Avril, France’s April Fool’s Day, April 7; Food + Wine May 5; Angels + Wings June 2; Love + Marriage July 7; and a Bastille Day hunt July 14.

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Meets at 2:30 p.m.; 18 euros ($24, includes a drink after the hunt). Entry to the Louvre is free the first Sunday of the month, so arrive early. Must sign up beforehand; for details visit www.thatlou.com.

CAITLIN HURLEY

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