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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

Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 18,138 reviews

Our guide made it all so interesting and easy

We loved having Deborah as our guide. She was informative and full of interesting facts and history and context but without being “boring” as the kids would say. My 11 and 9 year old loved it and the 6 year old enjoyed it as much as a tired 6 year old enjoys any museum!! We all learnt so much and it was a fabulous overview of the exhibits and the history of the Louvre itself. All in a manageable for kids 2 hours. As a contrast, we tried to do the Egyptian exhibition alone afterwards and it was so difficult to find our way etc - we were all very grateful we had seen the rest with our guide!!! Deborah herself is lovely and great with children. She answered all their questions and cared about the experience the children were having. The tour is expensive but if you want to get the most out of the Louvre for your family I highly recommend it as good value. Thank you!!!

Louvre Private Family Tour with Children Reviewed by

Well-planned tour with a well-informed and FUNNY guide!

Damien met us promptly at the appointed spot, knew a way to avoid lines, talked about the hisyof the building itself, which we had requested, then led us to visitor favorites and also to what seemed to be some of his preferred highlights. His discourse was amusing, highly informative and informed. We had asked for a shorter tour (an hour and a half) in deference to the youngest member of our group. He was so passionate about the art, could have gone on for much longer, it was clear. We all agreed that we acquired some knowledge of the museum and its contents in a way different from/ perhaps not possible through a guide book or even an audio guide. Highly recommended!

Louvre Private Tour Reviewed by

A wonderful option for 2 kids (ages 8 and 10)

This was a great experience for our family. Our kids were interested the whole time and learned a lot about French history, art, and the Louvre itself. My wife and I did too! The crowds were huge and we definitely would not have enjoyed the museum as much without a guided tour and the ability to skip several lines. Our guide focused on key pieces and told stories rather than trying to show us everything in 2.5 hours. Recommended.

Louvre Private Family Tour with Children Reviewed by

The archetype of all museums, not to be missed

The archetype of all museums, the Platonic higher form on which all museums are based and which all museums can only aspire to emulate. Not to be missed by anyone with a love of history, art or culture. The crowds can be a bit stupendous too, but except for certain bottle necks (notably the Mona Lisa), the museum is big enough to accomodate them all

Louvre Museum: Timed Entrance Ticket Reviewed by

This was a fun and informative introdcution to French wine.

This was a highlight of out visit to Paris. Remy was excellent and had a wonderful presentation of the regions and wines of France. He was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. We had an interesting and excellent selection if wines to sample. Overall this was an outstanding early evening event.

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