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Top sights in Paris
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
- 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
Amazing experience learning about the history of wine and what is important when growing grapes to produce a good wine. Very informative, the sommelier has great knowledge and answers each question thoroughly. We tried three wines, One white, One Rose, and we had a choice then of Red or White, all of which were really nice (good enough to buy a few bottles at the end!) We paid for the personalised bottle of wine but unfortunately the machine to customise the label was not working, we still got our bottle albeit unpersonalised but it still tased great and you’re not getting a bad wine at all 10/10 definitely recommend and when we return to Paris something we will hopefully do again
Our amazing guide Adam made the Louvre, both the structure and the artworks, come alive. Adam is not only very smart, but creates a really great group atmosphere and is very entertaining. He also made an effort to understand each person's country and cultural references to align the info. The Mona Lisa was really well done, but Adam did an excellent job of showing us other key pieces from the Venus de Milo to the Sphinx & Leonardo's best work (hint, not the Mona Lisa) and linking it up historically to give you the Big Picture context. Excellent tour and I'd ask for Adam if I was you!
Our guide overall was excellent and did a great job getting us to the important works, as well as explaining the history of various parts and pieces. She pushed us through the lines when needed and was very practical. She was also very personable and friendly, and added many interesting details to areas of the museum and specific art items. I know there is a lot too see in such a short time, but the pacing felt uneven - a bit rushed in some parts, lingering in others. I would personally rather see the Mona Lisa on my own instead of wasting valuable guide time waiting in lines.
Visited during high season in the summer, the waiting lines can be huge, but with these tickets we were able to enter without waiting. The only long line was to see the Mona Lisa( which was nothing special ) . Great value for money. A must see if you are in Paris
We were lucky enough to have Marion as our guide. She made the tour memorable for our children and even though we arrived exhausted after touring the evening tour was great. Would recommend.