Every guide book I’ve ever read says the same thing about the Louvre. There is no way you can do it in one day.
The same thing was expressed about the other major world museums I’ve had the privilege of visiting. At the British Museum and the Vatican I felt overwhelmed by the shear awesomeness of everything from the Rosetta Stone to the Sistine Chapel. I didn’t have a plan. I was like a fangirl at ComicCon. Wide eyed. Star struck. See Exhibit A Below:
On my adventure to the Louvre I’m trying a different approach; I’m going to show up with a MASTER PLAN! Here are the directions for the Louvre Twitter Challenge. Please feel free to share (it’s a google document) with any of your colleagues/students/fellow history nerds.
Wanna join me?
You can follow along my Twitter hashtag #etctravels as I make my way through the Louvre and other Paris attractions on May 9-10th. If you can’t make it “real time,” no worries. You can still join in, just search for the hashtag and date.
After I return from my trip I will also upload pictures of each of the twitter clues. You do not need a Twitter account to participate.
The Paris chapter includes a 48 minute walking tour of the Louvre. It has all the stops (listed below) and a transcript of the podcast included on any version you choose. You may read the transcript and/or listen to the Podcast while completing the Louvre Twitter Challenge.
- The Tour Begins
- Room One: Pre Classical Greek Statues
- Venus de Milo
- Statues from Golden Age Greece
- Fragments of the Parthenon Frieze
- A Roman Detour
- Winged Victory of Samothrace
- The Louvre as a Palace
- The Apollo Gallery
- The Madonna of the Angels
- St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata
- The Grand Gallery
- Virgin, Child and St. Anne
- La Belle Jardinere
- Mona Lisa
- The Marriage at Cana
- The Coronation of Napoleon
- La Grande Odalisque
- The Raft of Medusa
- Liberty Leading the People
- Michelangelo’s Slaves
Next, match the #etctravels tweets with the places above. You can may want to take some notes on each stop along the way.
Feel free to snag this document to help you decipher the code!
Also, it’s not a bad idea for you to check out the layout of the Louvre by using the Interactive Floor Plans here.
Think you cracked the code? SUBMIT your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if you got it correct!
More to do at the Louvre! If you could go on any of the Louvre’s Walking Tours, which one would you chose and why? How does the artwork compare to that of the works highlighted by the Rick Steve’s Audio Tour? Tell me @edutechchick or hashtag #etctravels OR comment below.