Louvre Museum

Price Range

9 - 14.00

Reviews

4.7

Overview

Louvre Museum is the world's largest art museum and historic monument that is home to more than 3,80,000 art objects. Louvre Museum is considered to be one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Paris. Louvre Museum is situated in the first arrondissement of the city Paris. The origin of this museum takes us back by three centuries. Some of the biggest events of the Louvre Museum have happened in the presence of the Louvre Museum. Louvre Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone who is traveling to Paris for the first time in his life.

 

 

History of Louvre Museum

Situated within the impressive Louvre Palace that sits beautifully on the right bank of River Seine in the romantic city centre, the museum was initially constructed as a Louvre castle in the 12th-13th century under the regime of Philip Augustus. Louvre Museum became the home for French Monarchs in the 16th century. In 1682, Louvre turned to a place for showcasing royal artistic work when Louis XIV changed his resident to home Versailles. Since that day, this place is home to royal artwork by famous artists and painters of that time. Louvre was re-opened in the early 1790s with roughly 537 paintings after the french revolution. Many artworks were added to this palace under Napoleon's regime. 

 

 

Artwork in Louvre Museum

Louvre displays the prominent artistic work into its eight separate categories – Greek, Egyptian, Islamic, Roman, Etruscan, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Drawings. What attracts tourists the most in Louvre Museum from everywhere is Leonardo Da Vinci's most admired painting Monalisa. The popularity of this painting got further height when Dan Brown wrote a novel on it with the name "Da Vinci Code". The other paintings that you must see at the Louvre Museum are Law Code of Hammurabi, Dying Slave by Michelangelo, Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix, and Venus with Three Graces by Botticelli.

Louvre Museum is undoubtedly one of the charming places to explore in Paris. It is so enticing that one entering the Louvre Museum can't leave it without spending an hour or two there. Several functions and art exhibitions are held at the museum, making it an unmissable attraction in Paris. A person with an immense love for historical facts and places should add this place to his bucket list to get a glimpse of the past of France. Without the need to mention, your trip to the Louvre Museum will be worth your time and money.

 

 

Louvre Visiting Tips

Here are the few things that you must keep in mind before actually visiting Louvre Museum:

  • Purchase a good map of the Louvre before visiting the Museum. Decide what you want to see well in advance and purchase a ticket for that wing only. Or else, you might end up paying even for the things that you have no interest in seeing.
  • The entry ticket to Louvre is available on the official website. You must purchase it from there if you don't like long queues.
  • There are several ticket counters in Louvre. To avoid long queues at the popular pyramid side, you can go to another ticket counter that is beneath the museum. Take the Rue de Rivoli to reach there.
  • Several gates allow entry to Museum. Even if you bought the ticket and face long queues, you can choose the other entrance gate.
  • The entry is free on the first Sunday of every month. Avoid going there on month's first Sunday if you don't like crowds and long queues. The museum remains close on Tuesday. Make sure to be there early in the morning to avoid unnecessary queues.
  • You must know that not all sections of the museum are open all day of the week. Confirm well in advance the inclusions before buying a ticket.
  • Video Cameras are allowed inside the museum but using flash is prohibited.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Train : The closest station from Paris station to the museum is Louvre Rivoli and Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, both on Line 1 (yellow) that travels under Rue de Rivoli.
  • By Bus : Bus no. 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 will take you to the
  • By Flight : After reaching Paris airport you can hire either a cab or a bus outside the airport at a few distance and leave for Louvre Museum.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • For Wed and Fri permanent collections : €9
  • For Wed and Fri permanent collections : €6 between 6 pm-9:45 pm
  • For exhibits in the Hall Napoléon : €11
  • For a combined ticket of both permanent collections & temporary exhibitions : €14
  • For Wed and Fri combined ticket of both permanent collections & temporary exhibitions (between : €12 between 6 pm - 9:45 pm
  • Children under 18 : Free
  • First Sunday of every month : Free for everyone

Attractions within Louvre Museum

Here’s an overview of other things that are often included on the “Louvre Greatest Hits” list.

Sculptures

The Seated Scribe

This Egyptian sculpture is remarkable as it dates from 2600-2500 B.C.E and is in fantastic condition. It’s painted limestone, and the eyes include pieces of crystal.

Venus de Milo

This Greek statue of Aphrodite is named for the island where it was discovered (Melos) and dates to roughly 100 B.C.E

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

You may not know the name of this marble sculpture , but you will recognize it. It’s by Antonio Canova and was carved in the late 1700s.

Michelangelo’s Slaves

There are two unfinished carvings by Michelangelo at the Louvre, called the Dying Slave and the Rebellious Slave.

Winged Victory

While many walk right by this Greek statue because its situated at the top of a staircase in the Louvre, its one of the most famous figures in the world. It dates from the 2nd or 3rd century B.C.E and depicts the Greek goddess of victory, Nike.

 

 

Painting

Other da Vinci Works

The Mona Lisa isn’t the only famous da Vinci painting in the Louvre. The museum also has the Virgin & Child with St. Anne, St. John the Bapist and Madonna of the Rocks on display .

Death of the Virgin

This Caravaggio painting was completed in the early 17th

The Wedding at Cana

This enormous 16th century painting by Veronese shows the Biblical story where Christ turned water to vine.

La Belle Jardiniere

One of several works by Raphael at the Louvre, this painting depicts the Madonna with a Christ child and St. John the Baptist as a child.

Liberty Leading the People

It’s not all Italian painters at the Louvre! This painting by Eugene Delacroix was completed in 1830 to commemorate the French Revolution.

The Raft of the Medusa

Another French painter, Theodore Gericault, completed this work in 1819.

The Coronation of Napoleon

This painting by Jacques-Louis David was commissioned by Napoleon and took three years to complete.

The Oath of the Horatii

Another painting by Jacques-Louis David, this one was completed in 1784 and shows a story from Roman history.

Address

Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France

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Marinko Zubac
Marinko Zubac
08/10/2020 01:34
The museum is amazing. We were the whole day in Louvre and still you have the impression that you could stay there forever. It's something you definitively should visit when in Paris. Buy your tickets online so you don't have to wait in queues for the entrance. The entrance to the museum is very simple. We waited for about 10 minutes to get through security. My suggestion is to get the Nintendo audio guide when visiting the Museum. It costs only 5 Eur and it helps a lot. The audio guide follows your location and helps to find around the museum. Its something like google maps for Louvre. When we were there Mona Lisa room was not too crowded so we had plenty of time to watch the painting. Do not search for souvenirs in the museum itself, you will have to go outside the museum in the direction of Metro station. There you will find the official Louvre Musem Shops.
Darla Matthews
Darla Matthews
08/10/2020 14:34
So big- so much to see so don’t expect to see everything in a day. Stunning art- if you want to see the Mona Lisa, go early in the morning before the queues get extremely long. Also because of covid restrictions there is a one way system in some places making getting around a bit more tricky, so maybe plan what you want to see before you go if you have specific things in mind. Its a must see museum in the heart of Paris, that is just a dream for art lovers. Only downside is the crowds of people.
Jose Eduardo Gomes Rodrigues
Jose Eduardo Gomes Rodrigues
08/15/2020 01:29
Great! Much less people during this pandemic period.... Worth visiting now! And the staff amazing!
Benjamin Godallier
Benjamin Godallier
08/09/2020 12:58
Amazing museum, the expositions are just so complete with thousands of pieces. The permanent and ephemeral expositions are all well thoughts and it is free for any European resident under 26! Pretty good deal
Branda  Fanning
Branda Fanning
08/14/2020 22:07
Absolutely breathtaking! An obvious MUST SEE while in Paris. Security only took about 10-15 minutes around 2pm. The line for Mona Losa took longer than security did. But the lines are worth the wait! The grounds of the Louvre are so well maintained and such a beautiful sight to see!

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FAQs

The Louvre is indeed a very big museum. Remember to eat, rest well before your visit and make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
Buy your ticket online and enter the museum via the orange line in less than 30 minutes.
The best time to visit the museum is on Wednesday and on Friday.
Yes you can enjoy the virtual tour of Louvre museum by witnessing the exhibition rooms and galleries.
The Musée du Louvre contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments with more than 60,600 square metres (652,000 sq ft) dedicated to the permanent collection. The Louvre exhibits sculptures, objects d'art, paintings, drawings, and archaeological finds.
The museum is famous for its fashion, art, cuisine, and culture.There is a lot one can see and admire about. you can enjoy the virtual tour of Louvre museum by witnessing the exhibition rooms and galleries.
Mona Lisa painting is situated on the first floor, in the Denon alley. It is amid the Italy paintings of 1250-1800 and the France paintings of 1780-1850.
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