The Musée d’Orsay has the single most important collection of Impressionist art in the world with works from Van Gogh & Gauguin to Cezanne, Monet & Renoir. Famously housed in a former railway station, the open space is complicated. Nothing a treasure hunt doesn’t solve! Often bonus questions meld the impressionists with the building, requiring silly photos (Why not take a souvenir home with your team posed as Degas dancers – that’s right, up on pointe! – in front of the museum’s train famous clocks? Meanwhile getting kids to remember Degas through light-hearted & sometimes embarrassing imitation). THATd’Or stands apart from our other hunts for two reasons, as the museum collection changes regularly most of the hunts are built on order (eliminating themes). Our Musée d’Orsay hunt also differs, insofar as treasure text often makes a connection between the museum’s collection and Paris itself, for the simple reason that a lot of the artists contributed to what you see on the streets today, such as sculptures on Garnier’s Opéra. As with any of our hunts, we’ve also hosted large corporate and birthday THATd’Ors as well!
Just a caution for our shyer or younger players: the human body has always been a subject of fascination for artists from prehistoric times, and one of the principal aims of the Impressionists was to shake up polite society—hence the fact that there are lots of people in their birthday suits depicted in this hunt!
Covering Musée d’Orsay highlights, from Renoir + Manet to Van Gogh + Gauguin. The intention of the J’Adore THATd’Or theme is to make sure you have an overview – from incredible Arte Nouveau furniture to fanciful French sculpture – of the entire collection. Getting you from the world-famous to hidden nooks + crannies!
We’ve built customized hunts from D’Orsay Dames for Hen Parties to Modernity + Motion for an engineer company hosting a networking event. However, as the museum changes its collection regularly, no theme remains intact for long (thus our need to build each hunt per order)
LUNCHEON ON THE GRASS, 1863
Edouard Manet (Paris 1832 – 1883)
Oil on Canvas, H2.07M x W2.65M
Sex sells. And any PR maven knows that bad publicity is the best publicity. Manet surely calculated every inch of shock factor that this painting unleashed. Just the large canvas (reserved for important historical subjects), roughly painted background lacking any depth (is that woman floating or bathing back there?) and intentional, unrealistic light (where are the shadows? There aren’t any!) were all screams for attention, let alone the subject. Originally entitled Le Bain, Manet took the hotly-desired rejection from society a step further by making the objectionable subjects close to him: the two dandies – indifferent to the naked prostitute picnicking with them – are his brother & brother-in-law; the naked woman has the body of his wife and head of his favorite model. Parodying Raphaël, Giorgione and Titian (painters Manet, a Beaux-Arts graduate, coveted), Manet exhibited it in the 1863 Salon des Refusés, where both Proust and Odilon Redon spurned it. Well done! Manet got his much-sought attention from the Bois de Boulogne (the forest to the west of Paris, where it was commonly attributed), to London, where a smaller version of Luncheon on the Grass can be seen at the Courtauld Gallery. Now that you’ve found this, earn 20 THATMuse points if you toddle over to the Café Campana, found on your map near the enormous train clock, and pose as the trio on the grass (you can keep your clothes on) on the plateau above the café for everyone to watch. Is your dignity for sale?!?
GAME POINTS: 25
Prices do not include museum entry tickets.
CLASSIC HUNT: 35€/person
LUXE HUNT: 350€/3 hours for 6 people or fewer, includes extras
GROUP HUNT: contact us for a quote
THATRue is a street hunt which we have in both the Latin Quarter (3 distinct routes, between the Jardin du Luxembourg & St Michel on the Left Bank) and the Marais (3 distinct routes between Place des Vosges & the Pompidou on the Right Bank), both offered in either English or Spanish. One route takes 60 to 90 minutes & can be scheduled to do on your own after your museum hunt. We bring THATRue when we meet you for your museum hunt, but please note THATRue is not sold independently of our museum hunts (we have discontinued our postal/drop off service), unless you have two teams or more and hire us on a luxe-hunt basis. It’s often customized for Hen/Stag/Birthday parties, corporate hunts (the Dutch Embassy sent 70 a-hunting recently) or for school groups (it was originally built for 150 American high school teens who used all three Left Bank routes simultaneously). More THATRue info can be found here.
THATRue costs 20€/1 module, 35€/2 modules, 45€/3 modules
THATRue Harry Potter
THATRue Harry Potter is our newest street hunt, with one key difference: it’s inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series! Drawing links between Paris & the magical world of the Harry Potter books (& films) this THATRue takes hunters on a 2 hour wander, beginning in the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, and ending in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral. As it starts in the neighbourhood of the Louvre, you’re welcome to cross the river and do it directly after your THATd’Or, or to come back another day. Although the Harry Potter THATRue is designed to be inclusive, so that Potterheads and casual fans alike can play (with questions ranging in points and geared to different levels of fandom), please note that at least some basic knowledge of the series is required to be able to answer questions.
THATRue Harry Potter costs 20€ in addition to your THATd’Or
Closed Mondays, open till 9:45 pm on Thursdays
All other days open 9:30 am – 6 pm
Hours we recommend
As many don’t know of the late hours on Thursdays the crowds seem to be thinner those afternoons. Weekends tend to be more crowded
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris
Line 12 (station: Solférino) or Line RER C (station: Musée d’Orsay)
24, 63, 69, 73, 83, 94
You must buy your tickets online from the Musée d’Orsay website directly here which lists several options to buy them. Please only buy them after your hunt has been confirmed (if you have timed tickets, please buy them for either our meeting time or 15 minutes after). Please note, tickets do sell out, and you need to either print them, or have them available to scan on a mobile, prior to meeting.
If you’re in Paris for a few days and plan to visit several museums, we’ve also heard wonderful things about the “Paris Museum Pass” which the government tourist board sells here.
Please note that kids under 18 enter free, as do EU Citizens & residents under 26 as long as you bring photo ID. Most ticket booking websites will not refund your tickets if you accidentally buy them for the kids, so be sure to only buy the tickets you need.