Sitting along the banks of the Seine River in Paris in the city's 1st arrondissement (district), the Louvre Museum is one of the most stunning art galleries in the world, and it’s not surprising that it’s also the most visited art gallery in the world (over 10 millions visitors per year).
Originally built as the Louvre palace in the late 12th century under King Philip II, the Louvre museum is one of Paris's biggest tourist attractions.
The Louvre has embraced French history for more than eight centuries. Home to thousands of classic and modern art masterpieces, the Louvre Museum is the icing on the cake of French culture and a testament to European art history.
Its collections span several centuries, from ancient civilizations to the mid-19th century, and a territory that extends from America to the confines of Asia. Its collections feature masterpieces admired throughout the globe such as the famous Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace or the Venus de Milo to name a few and are divided into eight departments (Paintings, Near Eastern Antiquities, Greek, Egyptian Antiquities, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Prints and Drawings).
More than 35,000 objects from human prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over the museum.
Although the Louvre collections are the most exciting part of the visit, the building itself is an extraordinary exhibit too. It is primarily of Renaissance and French Classical style even though the first medieval elements from the old fortress can still be seen beneath the pyramid.
Because of its size and the scale of its collection, it is impossible to see the entirety of the Louvre in one visit. The museum reported about 10.2 million visitors in 2018 — so be prepared for crowds, especially around the most famous masterpieces.
How much do Louvre Museum tickets cost?
Louvre Museum tickets purchased at the museum cost 15€. If purchased online, tickets cost 17€.
It sounds tempting to opt for the lower cost option; however, it should be noted that queues at the entrance are often incredibly long. It is advisable to book your ticket online ahead of time.
Add 5 euros extra for an audioguide, available in English, French, Japanese, German, Italian, Korean and Spanish.
Are guided tours worth it?
Hiring a guide for your tour of the Louvre Museum offers many benefits.
Your tickets will be booked and ready, so all you need to do is show up at the entrance, aka no waiting in line for ages in the long queue to enter.
Since there are thousands of artworks displayed within the Louvre Museum, unless you’re an art buff it would be difficult to know which collections and pieces are the most important ones and how best to concentrate your time.
With a tour guide, you have an expert answering all of your questions whereas if you’re alone, you may find yourself not knowing anything about what you are looking at.
Are there any combined tickets available?
Are you looking to make the most of your time in Paris? There are combined tickets which include other Paris attractions besides the Louvre Musem.
Visit the Notre-Dame cathedral, explore Montmartre, climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, enjoy a cruise along the Seine river. There are so many things to do and see in Paris.
Check out the available deals for Louvre Museum tickets that are paired with other options. Take advantage of those great combos and save on some of Paris's most popular attractions!
How to get there?
Situated next to the Seine river in central Paris, the Louvre is easy to reach. Take the metro on line 1 to the Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre station or on line 14 to the Pyramides station.
You can also reach the Louvre Museum by bus. Lines 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, and 95 stop in the front of the pyramid.
If you come by car, you will find an underground parking located on avenue du Général Lemonnier.
What are the opening hours?
The Louvre Museum is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, except on Wednesdays and Fridays when it remains open until 9:45 pm.
The Louvre Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
What will I see?
The Louvre Museum in Paris is the most visited museum in the world.
Its legendary collection boasts more than 35,000 artworks divided into eight different departments across art and history: Paintings, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Islamic Art, Prints and Drawings.
If this is your first time visiting the Louvre, focus on the most famous artworks, such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the Venus de Milo, or Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People painting.
If you stretched out all three wings into a straight line, the Louvre Museum would run a whopping 14 kilometers.
- The Louvre Museum always has big crowds. Book online skip-the-line entry tickets to save time.
- Access to the Louvre Museum is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of every month.
- Avoid peak times & don’t show up on a Tuesday, the museum would be closed.
- Wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking around and standing for quite a while.
- Try visiting it at night on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Louvre Museum looks incredibly beautiful when it is lit up at night time and best of all, it’s open until 10 pm.