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Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

1. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with this skip-the-line entry ticket. Discover the palace and the museum's collections with the audioguide on the new Nintendo 3DS system. The routes, available in 9 languages, will give you the keys to understanding the history behind the collections. See unmissable and iconic sights such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover masterpieces of the Renaissance and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries, prints from the Royal Collection, and much more. Stroll through 8 curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings. Note that 'Pass Education' holders, people under 18, and EU residents under 26 get free entry with valid ID.

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Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

2. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with a timed-entrance ticket, ensuring you get in within 30 minutes. See unmissable and iconic artwork such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover Renaissance masterpieces and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries. The museum first opened on August 10, 1793, exhibiting just 537 paintings. Despite closing in 1796 due to structural problems, it reopened in 1801 as the Musée Napoléon with a larger collection.  The collection has since gained 20,000 works. Now, there are 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

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Paris: Louvre Timed Ticket with Audio Guide and Seine Cruise

3. Paris: Louvre Timed Ticket with Audio Guide and Seine Cruise

Step inside the Louvre, home to renowned works of art, including the Mona Lisa. Benefit from timed-entrance tickets and lose yourself in the famous halls with your audio guide. Later, take a sightseeing cruise along the Seine. Admire all the treasures the Louvre has to offer with your map and audio guide, and a separate audio guide available for kids. Learn the stories and meanings behind famous masterpieces, including the Venus de Milo, the Coronation of Napoleon I, and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Once the commentary is over, return your devices and feel free to explore the museum a little longer. Embark on a sightseeing cruise along the Seine whenever you like during your stay for the best views of the French capital.

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Paris: Louvre Ticket with Audioguide App and Seine Cruise

4. Paris: Louvre Ticket with Audioguide App and Seine Cruise

Make the most of your time in Paris with this combined ticket to the Louvre Museum and River Seine cruise. After booking, receive a downloadable link for the audioguide app directly to your email, as well as your e-ticket for the Louvre and the cruise. When the date of your booking arrives, avoid the long waiting times at the Louvre and enjoy skip-the-line entry to this world-famous museum. Inside, discover the array of iconic masterpieces that are housed here, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Venus de Milo, and many more. As you explore, listen to fascinating insight and information on your audioguide app. After your trip to the Louvre, head down to the water to embark on an exciting cruise along the River Seine. Sit back and relax as you soak up epic views of Paris’ most iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. If you don’t fancy going on the cruise that day, enjoy the freedom to use your ticket anytime during your entire stay in Paris. Please note that the cruises are currently running from Wednesday to Sunday.

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Murders and Mysteries of the Louvre Museum

5. Murders and Mysteries of the Louvre Museum

You'll meet your guide underneath the immense glass pyramid of the Louvre, after the security check but before the ticketed entrance (the precise meeting point will be on your voucher).  Your guide will greet you and will take you to discover firsthand some of the most renowned collections and pieces of the Louvre, including the medieval remnants of the old royal castle, the vast Egyptian collection, the curious Venus de Milo, the crown jewelry collection, French masterpieces, and the Mona Lisa.  As home of the largest collection of artwork on the planet, the Louvre is filled with paintings, sculptures and other pieces that contain fascinating — and sometimes horrifying — secrets and backstories. Within the ancient world collections, learn about magic and long-forgotten rituals and travel through the ages as your guide brings to life dark events depicted in some of the Museum’s most iconic works. Even the world-famous Mona Lisa can be seen from a new perspective as you try to understand her enigmatic smile.  Throughout your tour, you'll also learn about the history of the Louvre itself: its medieval origins as a fortress, its importance as a royal residence and the centuries of betrayal, scandal and murder that took place here. By the end of your in-depth tour, you'll have a newfound appreciation and fascination for the Louvre Museum and the stories it contains. After your 2-hour visit, your ticket allows you to stay at the Louvre to explore the rest of the museum on your own.

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Louvre Museum: Private Tour

6. Louvre Museum: Private Tour

Follow your expert guide on a delightfully informative private 2-hour tour through the Louvre Museum, which has been designed to maximize your time and give you a greater insight into the museum’s top highlights. See the crown jewels of the French Monarchy, feel the passion coming from Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People, and gaze back at Da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa. Listen as your guide brings the art to life on a captivating walk through the vast galleries. Explore relics from ancient Egypt and marvel at the impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities including the legendary Venus de Milo and the celebrated Winged Victory of Samothrace. Discover timeless sculptures by Michelangelo and Canova, Neoclassical paintings by Jacques-Louis David, and iconic works from the French Romanticism period. End your tour with a greater appreciation of the Louvre’s treasures and, once your guide has left, spend as much time as you like inside to further explore the museum’s 380,000 objects on display.

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Paris: Private Egyptian Art at the Louvre Family Tour

7. Paris: Private Egyptian Art at the Louvre Family Tour

This family Louvre adventure explores one of history’s most fascinating civilizations: ancient Egypt. This educational program is designed to encourage kids to think like archaeologists by using the Louvre’s world-renowned Egyptian collection to bring people from the past back to vivid life. Children will explore key areas of Egypt’s civilization such as the Nile River, a scribe’s workshop and a pharaoh’s crypt.  In each area, children will learn to engage meaningfully with key objects using a variety of thinking tools to understand what they say about ancient Egyptian beliefs. Young archaeologists and their private guide will voyage down the Nile. In each area, decode a series of symbols allowing you to proceed to the next stage of the adventure. As a final challenge, learn how to write your name in Egyptian symbols.

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Paris Private Full Day Tour - Tickets to Louvre & Lunch

8. Paris Private Full Day Tour - Tickets to Louvre & Lunch

Discover everything about Paris in one day with a unique full day private tour. Admire its culture, gastronomy, and history. Let your local host take you to the most authentic places of the city, avoiding the crowds. Feel like a local, as you walk through the most picturesque neighborhoods of Paris. Visit the famous Pantheon, located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, where the remains of famous characters from history rest. Cross the romantic Seine River, colored with its artists and its bohemian atmosphere. Don't forget to have a coffee in the mythical round table bars facing the streets. Enjoy an authentic Parisian lunch, a perfect excuse to take a break from walking and to recharge your energy. Journey through the history of the city and see the most important sights of Paris, including the square where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Pass through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and the magnificent Louvre Museum, where you will quickly enter, thanks to your skip-the-line tickets. Get all the insights you need to make the most of your time exploring the City of Light.

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Louvre Masterpieces & Royal Palace Private Extended Tour

9. Louvre Masterpieces & Royal Palace Private Extended Tour

Begin with the medieval foundations of this ancient royal residence, and then gaze at the graceful Venus de Milo. Admire one of the Louvre’s most celebrated sculptures, Winged Victory of Samothrace. Continue on to the Apollo Gallery, which houses the ornate royal crowns of Napoleon and King Louis XV and be riveted by the valiant tales of these inimitable leaders. This tour was specifically conceived and designed to bring together all of the museum’s most famous works. Stand in awe as you enter each new wing and gaze upon some of the world’s most monumental and recognizable masterpieces. Marvel at Canova’s Psyche and Cupid and Delacroix’s famous painting depicting the French struggle for freedom, Liberty Leading the People. Discover firsthand what makes Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa the most enigmatic portrait of all time. End your tour in the Napoleon Apartments, where the opulent interiors will transport you back to the 1800s. This private tour helps you make the most of your time in the Louvre, leading you through the best of the collection and some hidden gems, all the while saving you time with Skip the Line Access.

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Paris: City Walk and Louvre Museum Tour

10. Paris: City Walk and Louvre Museum Tour

Explore Paris on a private tour to ensure a highly personalized experience. Meet your guide outside the Cité Metro Station for the start of a pleasant walking tour of the “City of Lights.” The tour covers the most famous landmarks along the River Seine, such as the Gothic splendor of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Your guide will describe the origins of Paris at the Île de la Cité, including its art and culture through the centuries. Admire bridges over the Seine, and discover secret spots known only to the locals. Then, skip the ticket lines at the Louvre, the ancient home of French monarchs and emperors. Once inside, your guide will take you to major artworks and hidden treasures. Learn about the museum’s architectural history and pre-museum life as a fortress and palace. By the end, you will have a greater understanding of how the “City of Lights” and its treasures earned their worldwide reputation.

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What people are saying about Palais du Louvre

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 22,491 reviews

Very informative, a definite must to truly enjoy the museum visit. Louvre is massive and so many wonderful treasures is overwhelming. Our guide help is navigate the museum to the most important works of art plus share the history of the slouch itself. Our twin fourteen year old daughters found the two hour tour just the right amount of time and information

We got in the museum 1.30 as we have booked! The museum is enormous but they give you map before you start to visit the exhibitions. In addition the museum has vestiaries for personal objects: umbrellas, jackets etc. It was perfect and I m satisfied cause I saw the 2 of 4 exhibitions

Everything were absolutely perfected,well-organised and our guide (think named Hugo..) was well-informed, descriptive and incredible pleasant! The whole experience is highly recommended!

It was so magnificent, amazing and satisfied to see some of the artworks.

This is an excellent tour to get started on the Louvre