A romantic treasure hunt at the British Museum

The British Museum. Credit: The trustees of the British Museum

A new interactive trail at the British Museum promises to help visitors engage with some of the museum’s exhibits in a fun and slightly naughty way.

Following success at the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, THATMuse (Treasure Hunt At The Museum) has brought its Love Hunt to the British Museum in London.

Founded by American expat Daisy de Plume, the treasure hunts encourage visitors to fully engage with collections at some of the world’s leading museums.

The Love Hunt at the British Museum focuses on some of the more suggestive and salacious treasures in the museum’s collection. The route takes scavengers to less visited corners of the museum where you can spot rare treasures such as the 11,000-year-old Ain Sakhri Lovers – the oldest known sculpture of a couple in coitus. Hunters are encouraged to photograph themselves in front of pieces such as the marble sculpture of Lely’s Venus in detail – which in some cases may cause a few blushes.

Daisy says “I would like to contribute to democratising museums. My goal in creating the museum hunts is to give a fresh perspective to a familiar space, and I hope hunters will want to return for a closer look after the hunt”.

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