The Louvre Museum is one of the most popular things to do in Paris. This museum features some of the most prominent and well known art and statues ever created including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. We highly recommend you purchase a Paris Pass for your trip to Paris, this pass will save you time waiting in line at the Louvre. If you don’t get a Paris Pass we recommend using one of the two secret entrances. These secret entrances to The Louvre can be found on either side of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
The Louvre Museums most famous exhibit, of course, is Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa (French: La Joconde, Italian: La Gioconda), generally to be found surrounded by hordes of camera-flashing tourists. If you want to see everything in the Louvre, plan at least two full days. However, it is better to pick and choose, as the collection was assembled with an eye to completeness rather than quality.
The Louvre opened on August 10, 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, most of the works were considered royal and confiscated church property. Because of structural problems with the building, the museum was closed in 1796 until 1801. The size of the collection at the Louvre increased under Napoleon and the museum was renamed the Musée Napoléon. After the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, many works seized by his armies were returned to their original owners.
Planning a visit to The Louvre in Paris? Here’s the info you’ll need
HOURS OF OPERATION
- Open Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 9:00am – 5:30pm
- Open Wednesday and Friday 9:00am – 9:30pm
- Tuesday Closed
Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre,
75001 Paris, France
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Phone : +33 1 40 20 50 50
Paris Metro: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre, Louvre-Rivoli
Tickets for the Permanent Collections: €11
- Full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon also valid for the Musée Eugène Delacroix.
Tickets for Exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon: €12
- Note that free admission to the museum on the first Sunday of every month does not include the exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon.
Combined Ticket: €15
- Access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in both the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix.
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ADVICE AND TIPS
If you do not have a Paris Museum Pass or a Paris Pass there are 2 entrances where you will not need to wait in the line at the Pyramids. If you walk towards the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel there are 2 entrances located on either side that walk down into the same main entrace of the Louvre. This shortcut could save you up to a couple hours.