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The Louvre’s 5 Most Famous Artworks

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.

Louvre Museum: Our Tips

Avoiding 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 And Come Prepared

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 to 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.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    * 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

A great way to enjoy the main attractions of the Louvre

The whole experience exceeded our expectations. Alastair the guide knew the major artworks in detail, and at the same time presented the information in both a informative and entertaining way. The wine and cheese event afterwards also exceeded our expectations. The venue was a very classy and interesting place with wine and food to match. The sommelier gave an excellent presentation and encouraged everyone to participate. Two things I want to point out are first, the instructions about where to meet before the tour need to be better. Second, this tour requires a lot of walking including stairs. I would caution anyone who can't handle that to consider some other tour.

Louvre by Night: Art Museum & Wine Cellar Reviewed by Ken, 02/04/2018

If you only have one day in Paris.........

The tour was very good. The minivan drive throughout the city gave you a good overview of Paris and the guide's information provided you with much more that a peek out the window. The lunch at the Eiffel Tower was good and the view was spectacular. However, the highlight of the tour was our time in the Louvre. Our guide, Labeela (spelling?) had her degree in art and she was fantastic. I got more our of the our and a half in the Louvre with her than a lifetime of public school art classes. Could have spent days with her touring the galleries and listening to her explanations.

wonderful no line at all a good quiet day

It was wonderful a nice pleasant quiet day at the louvre. some school children but overall just a lovely day

Louvre Museum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Monica, 01/14/2018

Seamless experience. Great way of skipping the queue.

It was very easy to find the representative few meters away from the Louvre. He had my ticket ready and I was therefore able to go straight to the security checks skipping the queue to buy the ticket. Would definitely recommend it.

Louvre Museum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket Reviewed by vincenzo, 01/13/2018

Worth purchasing but be aware you still have to wait in the line for p

This activity is worth purchasing if you get to the Louvre before 10:30am. My wife and I arrived mid-morning and the line for pre-purchased tickets was less than 5 minutes long.

Louvre Museum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Mark, 01/09/2018

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