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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)

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.)

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.

Photo: @Rodney flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Photo: Ivo Jansch @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“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)

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

100% worth it otherwise the wait time would of been crazy

Being able to go straight in was amazing compared to the huge lines, worth the extra 10pound! Spent about 5 hours in there... And then the security started asking everyone to leave and then knowing where to go to get back in wasn't great... So I left but overall the service inside was great

Louvre Museum: Timed Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Cara, 04/13/2018

A world famous art museum, with so much to see!

Luckily, we used an audio guide to get through some highlights of the museum. (Rick Steve's Europe, free App)

Louvre Museum: Timed Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Kristine, 04/10/2018

Was a great tour, got to see everything I wanted to see.

Great tour. Seen everything I wanted to see, with out the hassle of trying to find my way round Louve. Guide has great knowledge and looked after the whole group. Only issue was the start at the meeting point was very disorganised and confussing getting put in our groups.

Would have been a great experience had my voucher been confirmed.

Had a great time at the Louvre, once I finally got in. My voucher wasn’t approved before my leaving the States, even though I purchase with enough time in advance for this to happen. Since I didn’t have my printer voucher, I was sent on a wild goose chase to track down where to have my voucher printed. With the language barrier, this took an unnecessarily long amount of time.

Amazing and informative tour of the Louvre

The Louvre is enormous and easily overwhelming. I would recommend not visiting without a guide and our guide, Davide, was AMAZING! He was so knowledgeable and really brought the history to life with his stories. He was very passionate and had a great sense of humor as well. I feel like I learned so much during the tour and he really customized it for us. He was engaging and helpful and answered everyone's questions. I especially liked having such a small tour group (there were 5 of us). It was very intimate and personal. Would highly recommend this tour to others, especially with Davide as the guide. Just fabulous!

Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Small Group Tour Reviewed by Tracy, 03/28/2018

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