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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

Great tour by Marion for the whole family!

We were a little worried about booking the tour initially as we have 2 young kids aged 4 and 5 year old. However, Marion made us feel comfortable immediately and was fantastic with our kids. The tour itself was extremely enjoyable, not to mention educational, seeing some of the exquisite art on show accompanied by Marion's knowledge. I would recommend this tour to friends and family if they were in Paris. Thanks Steve

Informative, fun, entertaining,guides who made the experience. great

A wonderful way to experience the Louvre. Would recommend this tour for all. Cedrick is fabulous. We truly laughed our way through the Louvre! Diane and Carl

Access to venue was easy even went in a bit earlier than my time.

Only issue was accessing my ticket entry to each section however the information desk sorted it all out for me. Enjoyed my visit even though it was short (3hours) saw a lot but still much more to see nextime l visit.

Louvre Museum: Timed Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Stuart, 14/09/2018

Perfect way to see the highlights of the museum!

The guided tour was the perfect way to see the highlights of the museum without being overwhelmed by the sheer number of pieces of art available to see. Ines was an excellent guide, with helpful information and interesting anecdotes that really made the history come alive. Highly recommend.

Ultimate Louvre: 2-Hour Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Kimberly, 12/09/2018

Excellent tour that provided perspective for future visits.

Deborah was an excellent guide for my 11 year old daughter and myself. She created a manageable itinerary that was organized and well timed with a good cadence. She was well versed and able to give basic commentary but was clearly very knowledgeable and able to answer questions. Approaching the Louvre can be intimidating and a waste of time if one gets overwhelmed. This is was th best way to visit. We will plan additional guided tours and request Deborah.

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