“I’m booking that scavenger hunt in the Louvre for the Paris trip” is the snippet of a conversation I overheard at my son’s elementary school a month ago. That “scavenger hunt” turned out to be the Paris Muse Clues: A Louvre Tour for Young Treasure Hunters. It’s a private guided family tour of the Louvre.
The Louvre is the world’s largest museum and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out the best strategy for a visit. Even a seasoned family traveler and Ciao Bambino writer found her visit to the Louvre with kids challenging.
Ciao Bambino has recommended Paris Muse to many clients over the years and we include them on our short list of best European tour guides for families.
When one of our readers offered to share her family’s Paris Muse Louvre tour experience with us, we jumped on the chance to set up an interview.
The Rich family traveled to Paris at Christmas time with their two boys, ages 6 and 9, and extended family. Here’s their report.
How did you choose the Paris Muse Louvre tour?
My cousin went last summer with his kids and they loved it.
Tell us about your tour.
We didn’t have to wait in a line to get in the Louvre. The kids received a book for a treasure hunt with clues inside. The guide was very knowledgeable and would talk about something educational and then have the kids find it in a painting.
For example, with the Mona Lisa, she told us about the tricks they used to make Mona Lisa’s eyes follow you. When we looked at the Egyptian area, she told us about what life was like during that time period.
Two hours was a perfect amount of time to keep the kids engaged. At the end of the tour, after they had all the clues, they found a prize. When friends asked our kids what they liked best about Paris they always said the Louvre tour!
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What were the highlights of your tour?
The guide had an art degree and told us so many interesting facts about the painters and the artwork. You could tell that she liked having kids on the tour and knew how to keep them interested. Although the Louvre tour is labeled as a family tour, both the kids and adults liked it equally and I would go back and take the tour again as an adult without the kids!
Do you have any tips for other families considering a Paris Muse Louvre tour?
Tour group size is limited. The Louvre does not allow tours larger than five people. They were very strict about this rule; we had six people so the adults took turns participating to make it work.
The tour was worth the price. The tour costs 290 Euros for 2 hours. It’s expensive but worthwhile; moreover, I wouldn’t want any more time than that.
Shortly after we interviewed the Rich family, another reader let us know that she had taken both Paris Muse family tours while in Paris; the Louvre tour and the If Buildings Could Talk walk for families. She raved about both!
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