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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.)
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)

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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 16,465 reviews

Knowledgeable, Friendly and Lots of Advice!

Marion was lovely. She was very friendly, a sixth generation Parisienne, very knowledgeable about the works she was able to guide us to in the museum and made several terrific suggestions about places to see, what I do and what to know about the areas in Paris. Her knowledge and passion for art was obvious and infectious. We enjoyed every minute of our time with her.

Ultimate Louvre: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

Jin was terrific. She was knowledgeable, professional and courteous.

Jim was a great guide through the Louvre. She was knowledgeable and courteous. She imparted her vast knowledge of the Louvre history to us in an entertaining manner. Finally, she was most interesting and informative.

Ultimate Louvre: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

Nice way to gain entry on an otherwise sold-out day

We tried to get tickets to the Louvre for a certain day, but the website said they were sold out. Found tickets on here that allowed us entry to the museum at the time we needed. It was slightly more expensive than regular ticket prices, but worth it for our family to be able to go.

Louvre Museum: Timed Entrance Ticket Reviewed by

Adam was amazing-he brought The Louvre to life!

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour because Adam was an excellent guide! His breadth of knowledge is boundless, his enthusiasm is contagious, and his professionalism is unsurpassed! We learned so much and saw so many masterpieces with him at the helm! I would recommend him always!!

Experience was great despite horrible weather

The guide was experienced and nice. She stopped and allowed me to test and ask questions. She accommodated my wishes due to the rain and bad weather. But when we got back there were no heaters or towels for me to dry off with. The staff was ill prepared for a freezing soaking wet tourist to come back which was frustrating. Over all great tour, just terrible weather.

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