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Ultimate Louvre: 2-Hour Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Head in faster and see art from an expert’s perspective. Over two hours, skip the crowds and follow a smart route through the Louvre with your guide.…

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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

It was an excellent experience with Valerie the GYG guide !

Valerie had a warm personality and highly motivated guide (recommendable!). I truly enjoyed walking the two hours trip in the museum area. She explained each and everything with great details, which shows her knowledge about the subject. At first I thought it was an expensive choice, however it is worth the spend.

Ultimate Louvre: 2-Hour Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Abhishek, 01/19/2019

The tour was really interesting and the guide amazing!

I had a very good time during the tour, i've seen a lot of things and the guide was very instructive and sympathic. Seeing the Louvre by night is beautiful and i would recommend it to anyone!

Paris: Louvre by Night Skip-the-line Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/15/2019

Fantastic experience, very entertaining and kept everyone involved

We had a fantastic tour and our guide was at the centre of it, with a wealth of information and stories. We loved it.

Paris: Louvre Museum Guided Tour and Skip-the-Line Entry Reviewed by Andrea natalie, 01/06/2019

A great experience that I highly recommend

This was my first time to the Louvre, and I had heard how overwhelming it could be. I took my parents (both in their 70s) who had been before and were not convinced we needed a tour. In retrospect, all of us were totally thrilled that we booked it. Our guide was Ivan, and he was so lively, entertaining, knowledgeable, thoughtful and interesting. He talked about the history of the city as well as the building and a way that really brought it alive. The organization of the tour was seamless - we met right where we were told to and were led in through a side entrance that avoided all the queues. The museum was very crowded and there were of course larger crowds around the obligatory main features, but Ivan made everything easy to understand, showing us lots of details we would have missed if we were there alone. I highly recommend this tour and will be back for more areas when I return to the museum. Ivan made the experience so much richer than it would have been otherwise.

Paris: Louvre Museum Guided Tour and Skip-the-Line Entry Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 01/06/2019

Jean was excellent - we loved our Louvre experience led by her!

Jean was an excellent guide. She made an overwhelming place a joy to visit and really helped us make the most of the 2.5 hours. Thank you Jean!

Ultimate Louvre: 2-Hour Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Rebecca, 01/03/2019

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