Children will enjoy visiting the Louvre.
We can spark their imagination, trigger their curiosity, and open their minds to novelty when there is beautiful art everywhere: giant paintings, elegant sculptures, and intriguing stories and tales behind each masterpiece.
We will turn the visit into something memorable !
My name is Flora and as a museum educator, I encourage and accompany pupils (7 to 13) from Parisian public schools to visit the Louvre, where they can appreciate navigating a big museum, learn about our shared history, and discover their first basic concepts to understand Art.
We will focus on some tips and simple ways to teach your children about the Louvre Masterpiece: The Mona Lisa.
It is important to entertain the creative minds of Children with an embellished story line that they can follow.
Through story-telling, children will find it easier to focus on their first visit in the biggest Museum of France: the Louvre.
We will seize this unique opportunity to show them that museums are fun and to broaden their horizons during this trip to a great Art city : Paris.
In the museum of the Louvre, we learn about many subjects:
The origins of art, the basic notions of an artistic work, the history of Art, the life of famous artists, basic notions to appreciate the discipline of painting, the drawing, the sculpture and the fine arts and the decorative arts, the symbolism ...
We will learn about the evolution of our western society and the history of Humanity in general : The artists of each civilization depicted the current ideas, the current technology, the food they ate, the medicine advancements of each epoch, the ancient codes and laws, their influential figures, their personality and their politics, the evolution of borders, countries and kingdoms... It is amazing what you can learn through Art !
Art is also a mediator between different cultures : We will learn about the different religions, the values, the virtues, the philosophies, the cultures and the ideas that humans have spread or tried to spread during History.
During the guided tour service, adapted to children, take the opportunity to ask your expert guide anything.
In the Louvre, you will travel through time and see what is left from old civilizations : Not only their art works, but also their innovative tools, their writings, their crafts, their hygiene products, their afterlife means, tombs and Sarcophagi, jewelry, their identification rings, their symbols, their ceremonial clothing and their ritual objects. The most beautiful objects they left are waiting for you to see in the Louvre.
For example, in Egypt and Mesopotamia, in Napoleon's cabinet, in Medieval Louvre wing, we will see many clever tools used for working and cutting stones, for measuring, for calculating, for tracking, for cooking, old pens, jars, manufactured mirror, a very old toothbrush, Oriental combs, seals and rings with creative circular symbols to identify each citizen in a unique way.
Humanity's irreplaceable treasures are displayed in the Louvre museum. Among them are objects retrieved from ancient civilizations, as well as creative paintings from different times.
On our tours, Kids enjoy the fascinating tales behind each innovative object and ground breaking piece of art.
They will learn why these pieces are displayed at the Louvre after a very selective process.
The Louvre Museum is used in France, everyday, as a learning university for many national schools
In addition to learning about Art during their visit, the pupils from all over Europe discover the ancient civilizations, the history of Europe, the ancient laws and rituals...
All children under 18 can visit the Louvre for free.
* Only European passports : from 18 to 26 Louvre is free.
Additionally, the students can explore the artist's footsteps and how they devoted their lives to the creation of their masterpiece.
Art is very important in the national education of France.
France uses its museum to educate pupils.
National schools of France can take part in workshops, where pupils study the techniques and the concepts behind a painting: a genre scene, a landscape, or a portrait...
The educator will guide them in creating a draft work in the style of the great Dutch masters.
Through artistic practice with a teacher and the observation of other works displayed in the room, students will learn how to describe a painting and how to appreciate a piece of art.
* My team thinks it is important to include this teaching technique (even briefly) in our treasure hunt game. That's why we bring crayons and blank canvas with us.
Take the time to pause with your children, to let them absorb a painting, and maybe try to draw on a blank paper.
Built as a fortress, the Louvre protected Paris from its invading armies.
Later, after a long prosperous and peaceful era for the city of Paris, the Louvre was transformed into a huge palace for the king.
Following the French Revolution, the kings were chased out by the people and the Louvre was open for everyone.
Now it is a national museum. But, because of its gigantism and encyclopaedic nature, it exaggerates the idea of a national museum : As the first most visited national museum in the world but the second most visited tourist attraction in Paris (after the Eiffel Tower), the Louvre welcomes tens of millions of visitors each year to admire the superb art works !
The museum is currently open to the public and houses more treasures than any other national museum in the world. Due to its international fame, the Louvre enjoys a great popularity. It is now an inspiration for adults and children alike.
The word "Museum" comes from the Greek word "Muse" which means: An inspirational goddess of arts, literature, science…
In ancient Greece, museums were a source of knowledge, embodied in poetry, lyric songs, and myths that were passed from generation to generation orally.
Today, the Louvre museum has its own rules and its own unique beautiful and intriguing museography.
The "museum of museums" offers a consulting service for other museums in the World to participate in conservation of human memory, particularly in zones where the cultural heritage is in danger.
Your children will be more confident to ask questions if we let them know that "It's okay to be curious" and "It's okay to ask questions!"
It is important to remember that children need explanations about (almost everything!) why they are going to a museum.
The museum is really big and understanding the origins of a place so big and so important as the Louvre is the best way to start the visit.
01 - Why the Louvre does not look like a fortress?
The Louvre has been everything but a museum.
Explain to the children that the Louvre has undergone numerous transformations to serve his purpose today!
Louvre started out as a fortress, then became a royal palace, then a safe house, and finally became a museum.
Therefore, we see walls of a fortress inside, followed by beautiful and elegant rooms.
02- What is a masterpiece?
A masterpiece is a work of art done with uncommon skill and phenomenal beauty.
It can be difficult to appreciate masterpieces with a crowd in the Louvre, a problem I have noticed through my experience with families with kids in the Louvre: "She is very small", "Why is she yellow", "I cannot see her ," "I cannot hear”...
The Louvre is less crowded today thanks to the new sanitary rules.
You can try to plan more time for the Louvre visit in advance or read about the Louvre masterpieces and their stories beforehand to be more prepared.
I have included some elements of the story of the Mona Lisa.
There is always a risk we will be taken aback by a child's disappointment at the Mona Lisa's room, or that we will never be able to explain the notion of masterpiece, or that we won't have enough time to be very close to look at the masterpiece and children can get frustrated...
But do not worry, I will give you some solutions.
Bravo to you!
For me, taking the initiative to read about the Louvre before your visit and planning a great moment for your kids is an excellent first step!
Children are smart and pick up on things:
Introducing your child to Art and to History with a lot of love and enthusiasm is a good way to communicate to them your passion for such topics.
Passion is contagious !
It is natural for a child who is spontaneous in his enthusiasm to be spontaneous in his disappointment as well.
We must be prepared for a child who always shares his/her reflection: admitting that he/she is bored, or that it is hard to follow or to understand, it is hard to appreciate such a painting… It is fine !
Be patient as children will find it difficult to contemplate the masterpieces of the Louvre, under the pressure of the adults around them.
The goal is not to make them love the paintings but to give them tools to appreciate art and to make them want to go back to museums!
It is impossible to comprehend the universal significance of these works if we do not explain it to them. Even adults are still trying to figure out Art.
If the child doesn't love the piece or doesn't find it as beautiful, the same as you do, that is totally fine.
DO demonstrate to him/her that you are curious, eager to learn about the new notions.
In one of these long galleries, a masterpiece called the Mona Lisa or La Joconde in French, is showcased to visitors, in a room usually crowded with people.
Every year, she welcomes alone about 10 million new visitors coming just to see her alone !
She is a Masterpiece !
In our team of Louvre guides, we tend to over use the word masterpiece.
Exactly this term can be meant as : "a famous art work", "a creation in any area of the arts that has received much critical praise", or "the finest piece of work of a Maestro's career."
For example : Would you go to the Louvre without seeing the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo? Of course not!
So, ultimately, what can a masterpiece bring to a child?
Even after 530 years when it was painted, the Mona Lisa is still a mystery.
This small portrait painting takes a huge space in the Louvre. Although the painting is not spectacular at the first sight, many adults would fly to Paris, then rush to the Louvre to get too close to the Mona Lisa, to take picture of her or a selfie, then move on.
To answer this question, we made the Mona Lisa suffer all the critics and scientific analysis we can do to her, with all kinds of technologies we have at hands in Paris : X rays, multi spectral camera, multi layers scan, precise digital reproductions, microscopic examinations. We even dissected other Da Vinci's paintings with Micro-Raman spectroscopy to look at the numerous layers of microscopic paints and the infinite brush strokes that the artist applied with care over the many years that it took him to achieve this unique Masterpiece.
Too many of Mano Lisa's mysteries were solved but I still believe she is still keeping many more secrets behind her seductive smile.
We are lucky today as the Mona Lisa is displayed in public, you can visit her, see her by yourself, she will be looking right at you.
But before that, it was only displayed in the Emperor's bedroom or the King's private collection, to enjoy privately.
Why is she Famous ?
Some adults may think that the Mona Lisa she is famous because the Mona Lisa was stolen once by an Italian employee of the Louvre to bring it back to Florence. Visitors would come to the Louvre to take pictures of the empty space. Then, the Mona Lisa was recovered after two years and brought back to the Louvre and remained there since.
After this incident, it is true that she became very famous and has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world".
But, for me, she is was already famous. This is not just a Masterpiece but the Masterpiece of all Renaissance masterpieces that encapsulates a condensed knowledge and genius painting skills that we never saw before Da Vinci.
The painting was already coveted by the kings. Anyone who saw her would want to keep her for himself, as did the King of France : Francis I , then the Emperor Napoleon.
The painting is an original portrait painted by Leonardo Da Vinci.
The woman painted is Lisa Gherardini.
Dimensions: 77 cm x 53 cm
Oil on poplar panel, an archetypal masterpiece of the Renaissance.
Who is the Painter ?
The Painter is Leonardo Da Vinci, who is considered a genius engineer as well as a very well known painter.
Leonardo da Vinci was invited to the princely courts both as a painter and as an engineer. Many of his drawings were prototypes of futuristic flying machines, cities, war machines, among others, never produced but attesting to his constant research. He was expected to do many things, including the construction of a network of canals in the city of Milan, the development of show machinery for parties, and the building of an equestrian statue.
Scientists from his era call him a humanist because he was passionate about connecting all fields of science with all aspects of artistic creation to help technology progress and make life easier for humans on earth.
Duration of painting
It took him three years to paint this masterpiece : 1503-1506 and maybe more as the painter never stopped learning, copying the original and practicing his techniques.
* Some believe it took him about 10 to 16 years to conceive and then to finish up the painting.
It was painted in Italy. It is the only painting that Da Vinci took with him when he moved to France.
Then the Mona Lisa moved a lot.
Today, she is sitting behind bulletproof glass in the 'Paintings' section, in the Denon wing of the Louvre. To see the Mona Lisa, go to the Grand Gallery, 1st floor.
Would a child be able to appreciate such an amazing Masterpiece?
What kind of aspects of the painting would matter for a child?
Through my experience, I have collected many questions and answers that children asked me during my visits with families in Paris.
In order to be better equipped to answer the difficult, and even uncertain questions that children may ask, we need to go back to the origins of the painting and the context of the Renaissance.
We also need to understand what leads to a work to being considered as a masterpiece in the Louvre.
We can also explain the hard techniques, the long process and the amazing realism of the painting. Additionally, you can study the tricks of Leonardo Da Vinci as a Painter but above all as a curious Scientist: a Master of Optics and an expert in human anatomy at that time.
In our treasure hunt service, we start talking about Da Vinci's works by looking at his other paintings in the Louvre, in the Grand Gallery, 20 minutes before we access the Mona Lisa's room.
A masterpiece is defined in the Middle Ages as an exceptional art work of a Maestro that everyone wants to see.
The reasons can be the talent and the expertise of the artist, his skills or simply because one King or the Pope likes his works. In our case, Da Vinci was beloved by everyone:the people and the kings. He was known for his expertise, for his new and special techniques giving him the freedom to work with private clients, in his studio with interns, or even alone.
Today, a "Masterpiece" for a kid is just another object that the parents are obsessed about and really want to see.
We can elevate this definition during the tour with great examples and true stories of the Artists because nothing is more confusing and mysterious than the notion of a masterpiece in Art History.
We should not think of it simply as one answer or confuse it with the emotional or personal connection that we have with the piece of work, but we need to take into consideration the collective opinion of the viewers, the experts and the critics which sometimes seems difficult to grasp.
We need to know that:
- there are many definitions of what constitute a Masterpiece
- Each masterpiece can have many unique reasons and mysteries. You are free to pick the reason(s) you feel more "reasonable" or more personally connected to consider it a Masterpiece.
- a Masterpiece is an attractive curious Art object made by a talented Artist and it is still appreciated by many people.
- Each Masterpiece is the result of focus, of determination and hard work and a lot of training and practice.
- Each Masterpiece has a profound message
- a Masterpiece can serve as a proof that humans always strive to invent something extraordinary with the means and tools they had at hand.
- a Masterpiece means that you too, can invent new things that can still amaze people around you today.
In our days, we have the chance to have new practical tools.
But, artists, in medieval times and even during Renaissance, did not have the same chance. They did not have the proper tools. Some artist had to invent their own tools.
Paint was expensive. The deliveries were made by horses and it takes months to receive one color pigment.
Da Vinci used natural pigments that he found around him.
Artists life was special: they ascended the social ladder and earned their money via the ladder of Art.
It is true that the Art Academy was sponsored by the bourgeoisie: the very rich and the most prominent people were the jury.
But, Artists from different origins enrolled in the Art Academy and exceptionally disrupted what was considered "beautiful" thanks to their talent and paintings skills.
At a very young age, they learned how to draw, to paint, to sculpt... in order to accomplish a classical piece of Art that would please their Kings or their religious leaders.
The Royal Court selected the best pieces, the masterpieces through a long process of examinations and debates.
The king and his court often collect these masterpieces according to their taste and to certain rules : proportionality, the landscape, the realism, the 3D perspective, the human anatomy, the emotions but also according to their agenda, in accordance to their political ideas that they wished to propagate.
Artists who had a masterpiece selected at the Louvre, gained high privileged social status and achieved a stellar career.
This happens so rarely.
It is even more exceptional when the Louvre chooses to display the work in the Louvre's largest room, the Salle des États, such the Mona Lisa and the Wedding of Cana.
As a guide and Art history expert, I feel privileged to be around many collections of beautiful art works and to spend so much time in the best museums of Paris.
But, above all, I know it's an amazing feeling to look closely at a Masterpiece and an indescribable experience when you're actually next to a Masterpiece knowing how it got here and why it was accepted as a Masterpiece.
2 a- What is the process of the Louvre?
It takes a long time for a piece of art to be accepted as a Masterpiece at the Louvre.
Thus, all of the artists whose works are displayed are all deceased, with one exception: Pierre Soulages, who is 101 years old, born on December 24, 1919, and still alive!
The Louvre exhibits his exceptionally modern paintings only since 2019.
For a painting to be admitted, in the past century, the Louvre officials evaluates the ability of the artist to follow certain rules: the mastery of perspective, anatomical drawing, proportions, knowledge of Greco-Roman literary and historical models ...
The few reception pieces (works of art that have not been accepted as Masterpieces yet) in the Louvre, are kept in a secret safe, in a room underground, while they are awaiting approval.
The locations of these artifacts are unknown for the public.
2. b- Are all the masterpieces in accordance with the Academy's criteria?
What makes paintings that do not follow the rules, a masterpiece anyway?
During the 19th century, the rules started to change.
The social status of a painter changed: he transformed from a craftsman to an artist.
In this case, the painter does not only draw perfect objects or portraits or landscapes, but he can paint new things. His personality and creativity are more important.
In choosing subjects, compositions, or techniques which are distinctive, the artist can be daring.
By examining the individuality of its expression, we measure the originality of the work.
To be distinguished, the artist must also gain the support of amateurs and the public of a museum so that his work can be established as a masterpiece whilst remaining outside of the commonly accepted rules.
The painting you will see in the Louvre is truly painted by Leonardo Da Vinci.
But, it is one version of his work. Let's not call it a copy!
He started his first painting of Mona Lisa with her sister.
Da Vinci had a lot of thirst for knowledge and was a perfectionist when it comes to painting, continuously improving his painting skills.
He leads a painter studio with a team of young apprentices (intern painters who learn from him) that he cherished so much. In his will, he gave two of his students his fortune, estates and drawings before he died.
He would make his students do few copies of his original work to save a version, then he would use a painted copy to experiment new tricks and new techniques. Some of these experiments worked, others experiments failed.
In our Mona Lisa's case, this is one true original version of Da Vinci's work, the one that he carried with him all the time, the same one that Napoleon and King Francis were obsessed about, the same one you will see by yourself.
Maybe not the final version of his experiment because he never stopped learning and painting the Mona Lisa until he died.
During more than a decade of experience with my treasure hunt, I often get questions or remarks, some of them are surprisingly smart and curious !
Let me share some of these fun questions below to prepare you for your visit of the Louvre with your kid(s) !
Young children often say this to me: "The painting is strangely old."
Considering that children would walk the Grand Gallery before seeing the Mona Lisa, they will see a lot of vivid and colorful paintings and portraits of Nobles/kings/queens ... before meeting with the Mona Lisa.
Over time, the Mona Lisa has become darker and yellower.
Before, the colors seemed to be a little more vivid.
A slightly less dull color is also described in old descriptions.
and that's because Da Vinci used a lot of Oil and cooked experimental pigments for his Smoky technique.
Da Vinci maybe wanted this painting to look realistic as much as possible, without getting the viewer distracted from the Mona Lisa's face.
Or should the Louvre repair her?
This question is taboo since the Louvre recently cleaned "The Virgin and Child", painted by the same Leonardo Da Vinci, but they do not want to take the risk with the Mona Lisa.
They are waiting for the technology to advance to permit them to clean the painting with a lot of caution.
This is a very valuable masterpiece and we can not take the risk yet to touch her.
We will leave it to the next generation to decide wisely.
Did she stayed like this while he painted her?
How is this woman's body positioned?
How was she painted for 3 years , didn't she get tired of sitting in the same position ?
She is is sitting on her balcony, she rests the left side of her hand on the arm of an armchair.
Leonardo visited her every now and then and painted her, step by step.
Leonardo is like other artists, they have an excellent memory. They catch the mental picture in details and they can continue painting on their own without the need of being next to their subject.
It was the 16th century when this woman lived.
The fashion for women then was to pluck their eyebrows.
Even though her dress was made of fine fabrics, she didn't wear makeup or jewelry, as most women of her social rank would have done at the time.
Some say that the painting is not finished or that is one of the many copies of Da Vinci and what you are seeing is just one of his many unfinished paintings.
She lived in Florence, the same city where Leonardo her painter lived before he moved to France.
Today it is known by two names: Monna Lisa (or Mona Lisa), La Joconde ( Gioconda ) We found the names in documents from the 16th century.
This young woman is believed to be Lisa Gherardini.
Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy bourgeois also from Florence, was her husband. He was a rich silk merchant.
If we look closely, we can see behind the Mona Lisa, a balustrade that divides her from an imaginary wild landscape, coming from the imagination of Da Vinci and his travels but not Florence.
Why is she following me? As if she were looking at us all the time? Is she smiling at me?
She is slightly turned towards us. The horizon behind her is uneven. The brain will use the horizon behind her to balance the picture, to correct the "error" and so the face shuffles.
This is an illusion, one of Da Vinci many tricks.
The fact that the eyes are following you is not something special or hard to do at that time. The genius of Da Vinci was not only to make her eyes follow you around the room but also to make her smile "Move" as you move around her. You can almost become friends with her.
At the base of the high mountains, we see a river and a path crossed by a bridge.
It is clear that the painter did not reproduce a real site (except for the tiny Tower on the left, it comes from real life)
Some kids think she is going to a funeral, or that she is sad.
Actually, the garment was suitable for married women.
She has a sophisticated outfit.
Around the neckline, it is embellished with embroidery.
To keep her hair wavy, she wears a light sheer veil.
She demonstrates the self-control of a middle-class woman in her balanced silhouette in the shape of a triangle.
Portraits should always portray the model in the best possible light.
It is her smile that gives the painting its fame.
Her smiles comes and goes when you look away or stare at her eyes.
Leonardo da Vinci spent too much time in the morgue studying human anatomy, face muscles. He also studied smiles, light and optics...
Da Vinci loved painting faces and give them an air of life, a soul.
Through her smile, she conveyed the life and thoughts of the young woman, far beyond her physical appearance.
Her lips barely move as she smiles.
A smile's outline was successfully reproduced, which isn't easy to accomplish.
A smile on the face can't be sustained for long.
For the artist to succeed in reproducing this expression, he needed great observation skills and a deep understanding of his profession.
Da Vinci was obsessed since a young age to draw exactly what he observes with clinical proportions.
There were no cameras or photography during that period. The painters used the painting to tell stories (like we do with our cartoons or our Instagram)
Playing with shadows and light was difficult but necessary to paint a realistic picture.
Most of the time, we use painting for religious propaganda or to paint a famous person but here, Da Vinci used painting as an experiment. That's why he painted this unknown woman so he can try his new technique.
If we look closely, we see that the contours of the hands and face are not defined by a straight line.
In relation to the source of light, the lips and the eyelids are suggested by lighter or darker shades.
Sfumato : the Italian word for blurred smoke describes how the painter uses a lot of these gradients of shadow and light.
You can see this technique in his other paintings (4 of them are displayed also in the Louvre, in the gallery before the Mona Lisa)
Take a closer look at her realistic shadowy veil ! He used almost 40 layers with tiny premeditated brushstrokes for many years to create the veil.
The painter allows it to emphasize certain parts of the painting, like the cheekbones or the hands of the model, while giving other parts a lot of relief and volume.
By doing so, the artist reinforces the impression of reality he wishes to convey.
There is no way to know for sure.
Lisa Gherardini and her husband apparently never received Leonardo's portrait.
King François I invited him to France in 1516, where he brought the painting with him:
"This painting is undoubtedly more than a portrait"
It was one of Leonardo's many experiments on the theme of facial expressions and light.
How did the painting arrive at the Louvre?
Thanks to French King François 1st.
Image : King Francis I Receives the Last Breaths of Leonardo da Vinci
After moving to France, the painter died there in 1519 at the age of 67. La Joconde was among the paintings he brought with him. This painting was first exhibited at Château de Fontainebleau as early as the 16th century, although it is unclear how the monarch became its owner: its gift from the painter's hands formed the core of the Louvre collection when it opened just after the French Revolution in 1793.
The French people suffered persecution and starvation during the French Revolution. In response, they became angry and gathered in the streets, declaring that they no longer wished to live under the power of a Kings, so they removed the Kings and appointed a people's Assembly.
As a result of the national assembly's decision, the Louvre was to become a museum for the public, and not just for the kings and their guests and friends. The French people then decided to exhibit their nation's masterpieces. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property.
First, I advise you to explain to your child what is the Louvre, and why are we visiting the Louvre.
The Louvre can be overwhelming with too much Art and dense information.
Make sure that the children are well rested and well fed. Show to the children that the parents are in good mood and excited to discover the Louvre.
There are many shops, groceries, café and 2 restaurants and many clean bathrooms inside the Louvre itself: You can take as much breaks as needed. We can rest on the available sofa in each room of the Louvre.
I would avoid giving the children too much information to absorb. Let's adapt to their level of energy instead :)
Don't forget to take memorable pictures next to the Masterpieces and to print them in an album when you are back home.
Children under 18 do not need tickets? Tickets are free but you need to reserve timed tickets in their names before you go. Otherwise the Louvre can refuse the entry as they need to anticipate the crowd numbers...
So, please go check if you can buy your tickets in advance using this link.
I advice you to contact me if you can't find it easy to buy any tickets.
If you go to the Louvre using a Taxi or Uber, give your driver this address : The Louvre main entrance, the Glass Pyramid. Upon entering the Pyramid, take the left entrance if you have your tickets with you, and then, after the security check, turn left to take the elevator for families with strollers.
If you use the metro, check :
You can visit the Louvre on your own very easily.
However, this experience can be overwhelming and boring because there are a lot of decisions to make, including where to go and what to see, as well as the whys ...
It seems logical to enjoy more time with your children when you hire a professional tour g;uide in Paris, experienced with guiding children in the Louvre
Whether you're looking for accurate historical truths or practical advice on how to approach the Louvre with confidence, our professional tour guide and the treasure hunt printed booklet will help you understand the history and richness of the museum as well as its constraints.
Treasure hunts at the Louvre are one of the best long-term gifts that you can give your children if you want them to learn about the world's biggest museum and its masterpieces while developing a passion for Art & History.
It would be nice if the children took home a good souvenir of their trip to Paris.
Hopefully, they will return someday to explore more :)
You should know that I wrote this article with a lot of love, as I am a mother of two daughters, and I only want to help fellow parents in providing a good experience for the loved little ones.
I admire the courage of the parents who travels with children to come to see my city and I love being a tour guide for families, so please feel free to contact me here with your plans for Paris.… or better yet, come to see me!
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I am Flora, a Louvre tour guide.
During my studies at the Sorbonne University of Paris 3rd, I focused on Art and history of Art. It is almost every day that I go to work at the Louvre since I passed my exams in 2011.
After trying to work with booklets that I bought from the museums boutiques, I found out that they were loaded with many dates, events, names and superfluous stories the children can be quickly overwhelmed with too much information. I believe that a treasure hunt for little kids must be a positive memorable moment and not a boring long lecture.
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