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Ultimate Louvre: 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)
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.

“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?
    Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
    Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 AM-9:45 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • 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 21,550 reviews

Great guide, but tour should be renamed Mona Lisa exhibit tour.

Violet was an excellent guide - pleasant and knowledgable, but there was far too much concentration on Mona Lisa. At least an hour and a half of the tour was spent talking about this work and we felt that was too much. Venus de Milo and The Winged Victory of Samothrace and other numerous religious pieces were the other exhibits we spent the rest of the time exploring. We stayed for another two hours to see the things not covered like Caravaggio, Delacroix, van Dyck etc. We realise that not everything can be covered in such a short time, but there was far too much focus on one painting. I think the information should be made clearer that this is a Mona Lisa tour rather than a highlights one.

Paris: 2-Hour Small Group Louvre Highlights Tour Reviewed by

Wonderful tour - the earlier in the day, the better!

Our tour was wonderful! We had the pleasure of having Justine as our guide and she was absolutely delightful. She was friendly, happy to answer questions, and knew her stuff! I would book an earlier tour in the future - we went at 2pm, which was fine (especially for my husband), but there is simply SO MUCH to see, the more time you have to explore after the guided tour, the better. You will have to queue separately to see the Mona Lisa, so factor that in if you want to catch a glimpse. Our wait was about 45 minutes, but it can be longer.

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

This was a great travel experience, better than expected

This was a great travel experience, better than expected. Our guide Anna was a excellent guide, going out of her way to please everyone in our small group, she negotiated a faster than expected viewing of the Mona Lisa and kept all of the children and adults engaged in the tour. Her enthusiasm was infectious and we didn’t think our 11 year old son could be so enthusiastic about a visit to an art museum , even if it was the Louvre. A great family experience.

Good to skip the queue but hard to follow the audio guide

This was on my bucket list. We got there early after booking 2 days in advance. The person handing out the audio guides was extremely difficult to understand to the point that I didn’t. We were happy to skip the queue outside and chose to see the Mona Lisa first, a 30 min wait. From there we spent 2 hours wandering through the louvre without catching up to the audio guide! All in all, slightly disappointed

Comfortable, Professional with outstanding photographic results

Alain was a true professional, made sure that he kept the session easy-going and comfortable. We felt like a friend was taking our pictures. Due to the inability to secure a large enough Uber ride to get to the Eiffel Tower in a timely manner, we improvised to the surrounding area and couldn't be happier with the results. Highly recommend using his services.

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