Following its success in Paris, THATMuse (which stands for Treasure Hunt At The Museum) has officially launched its bespoke museum treasure hunt event at London’s British Museum.
THATMuse was founded by wife and husband team Daisy de Plume and Hernan Souto, this intelligently creative company provides a unique, entertaining and interactive way for the culturally curious to discover fascinating treasures in the collections of the world’s most interesting museums.
A trip to the British Museum’s collection of over 8 million artefacts may fill some with delight but coaxing a museum-phobe or reluctant teen around the labyrinthine corridors sometimes proves to be a struggle. THATMuse’s treasure hunts endeavour to inject a museum visit with a healthy dose of competitive energy and light-hearted fun. As hunters weave through the halls, scouting out and photographing the treasures from their clue list, they will interact with the exhibits and learn about the artefacts encountered – without suffering the dreaded ‘museum fatigue’.
A lifelong fascination with history of art, prompted by hours of childhood exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, impelled Daisy to found THATMuse. Daisy created her first treasure hunt in 2012 for the Louvre in Paris: THATLou. Through fact-filled and funny hunts she shared her passion for the spell-binding collection and developed her unique approach towards making the museum experience fun and accessible to all. Following success at the Louvre, THATMuse has subsequently tailored hunts to the Musée d’Orsay, the Marais and Latin Quarter areas of Paris, Friday Lates at the British Museum, as well as creating commissioned hunts for international brands such as Google, Lego and Airbus.
A ‘Classic Hunt’ typically lasts ninety minutes and requires a team of 2-4 people. Each hunt revolves around a different theme from the likes of ‘Fun & Games’ to the International Women’s Day-inspired ‘Lady Hunt’. Participants are presented with a pack of different artefacts to find and then photograph their team with (often in an amusing pose). This element of silliness can be a much-needed icebreaker with unfamiliar teammates. The hunt is crucially not a race, nor can hunters be expected to find all the treasures in one go: in this game it pays to pause, to study the objects in close detail and since reading about them, is rewarded with bonus questions embedded in the treasure text. At the end of the time limit teams regroup, tally scores and then the winner is awarded a prize.
THATMuse takes bookings for hunts of all sizes: from family groups looking for a cultural weekend outing to Hen parties and customised hunts for large corporate groups. THATMuse also hosts public hunts at the British Museum every 2nd Friday of the month from 5.30pm – 7pm.
Upcoming themes at the British Museum include:
- Friday 14th April – Fun & Games
- Friday 12th May – Skull Scouting
- Friday 9th June – Love Hunt