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Ultimate Louvre: 2-Hour Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Head in faster and see art from an expert’s perspective, follow a smart route through the Louvre to get up close to “Mona Lisa”, with time to stop…

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Greatest treasures in the Louvre

The Louvre in Paris is the world’s most visited museum. Its legendary collection boasts more than 35,000 paintings, sculptures and artifacts dating from prehistory to the modern day. The masterpieces are myriad, but these 5 are the crème de la crème.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” (1503-1506)

Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” (1503-1506)

Possibly the most famous painting in the world, Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is synonymous with the Louvre. Her enigmatic smile and inescapable gaze draws millions to Paris every year.

“Venus De Milo” (ca. 130-100 B.C.)

“Venus De Milo” (ca. 130-100 B.C.)

Wonderfully maintained over two millennia, this statue of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, is one of the most iconic specimens of ancient Greek sculpture.

Michelangelo’s “The Rebellious Slave” (1513)
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Michelangelo’s “The Rebellious Slave” (1513)

This 2.15-meter-high statue of a slave struggling against his fetters is one of Michelangelo’s greatest achievements and a sublime demonstration of sculpture’s dynamic potential.

“The Seated Scribe” (ca. 2600 B.C.)
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“The Seated Scribe” (ca. 2600 B.C.)

Dating back to the days of the Pharaohs, this exquisite painted limestone sculpture is the most renowned piece in the Louvre’s exceptional collection of Egyptian antiquities.

The Louvre Pyramid, designed by I.M. Pei (1989)

The Louvre Pyramid, designed by I.M. Pei (1989)

Highly controversial upon its construction, the Louvre Pyramid is now one of Paris’ cultural treasures. The glass pyramid’s spectacular nighttime illumination is not to be missed.

Our insider tips

Avoid the queues

The queues to the Louvre can be daunting. The main entrance, through the Louvre Pyramid, is always the most crowded. An insider tip is using the entrance located in the underground shopping center, Carrousel du Louvre, where you can buy your ticket and pass the security checks free of hassle. If you want to experience the Pyramid, you can always do so on your way out.

Give yourself plenty of time

The museum is gigantic, so it’s essential to make sure you have enough time to see everything you want. The museum is open from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM on most days, and until 9:45 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays. Arrive early, grab one of the free maps at the ticket purchase area, and take some time to plan your visit – it’s worth it!

Watch out for Tuesdays!

Together with a number of Paris’ museums, the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Take this opportunity to visit other sights such as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe and come back on another day!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Louvre 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 is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Ticket prices start at just €12 for access to the permanent collections.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide can definitely help. There are several options for audio guides and small-group tours available!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro on line 1 to the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station. The Paris Open Tour bus also stops at the Pyramid.
  • Additional information
    * The rooms begin to close 30 minutes before the museum's closing time.
    * From October to March, access to the permanent collections is free on the first Sunday of each month!
    * On French public holidays, the museum may have shorter hours, or may be closed entirely.

What people are saying about Louvre Museum

Great highlight tour.. guide was personable and knowledgeable !

Virtually no line except for security .. guides name was Caroline I think and she was excellent .. made the tour interesting and enjoyable. Great way to see in Lourve in a short time. Easy meeting place.. Highly recommend

Paris: 2-Hour Small Group Louvre Highlights Tour Reviewed by Suzie, 06/04/2019

Thanks to Ivan - the Louvre was brought to life.

I'm how I wish I could have Ivan when I toured every art gallery. His love of the works made this a special event for each of us. If course we saw the big draws - Venus, Mona Lisa, etc but he also introduced us to some lesser known works and explained why he felt that they were worthy of our time. Loved the your. I wish I could accord more than 5 stars!

Ultimate Louvre: 2-Hour Skip-the-Queue Guided Tour Reviewed by Donna M., 04/04/2019

Great Overview—Just what we needed with a 6 and 7 year old.

Our guide, Alex, was knowledgeable and engaging. She interacting well with our children and was a joy to have lead us.

Ines was a wonderful, knowledgeable, and friendly guide!

We enjoyed our private 2 hour tour through the Louvre immensely! Ines spoke English flawlessly. She whisked us through the crowds and efficiently took us to see amazing works of art with thorough descriptions of each with explanations of how each one changed the landscape of art that followed. She even managed to keep our 12 and 15 year olds engaged!

Beautiful, night-light lit cruise down the Seine River.

Beautiful, night-light lit cruise down the Seine River. Well organized, comfortable with great narration highlighting facts and special information about the buildings. It's a MUST DO and highly recommended.

Paris: 1-Hour Illuminations River Cruise Reviewed by Kelly, 27/03/2019

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