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Tickets and tours for Louvre Museum Paris

Tour and ticket tips for Paris visitors to the Louvre

The iconic pyramid of the Louvre Museum
The iconic pyramid of the Louvre Museum

The Louvre has been a medieval fortress, a palace for the kings of France, and just latterly (for the last two hundred years) a museum.

Not just any museum but the biggest museum in the world with the most visitors, housed in a royal palace which would be a major draw without the exhibits.

The exhibits are vast, with collections ranging from Egyptian art, through sculpture and the Mona Lisa, perhaps the most famous painting in the world.

Key facts when visiting Louvre

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Paris
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
  • If purchasing tickets on the day be prepared for very long queues for tickets to the Louvre Museum and there is no longer any guarantee that you will actually get in at all.
  • The best way to buy a ticket is online and booking your timeslot in advance.
  • The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Visitors under the age of 18 enjoy free entrance (id maybe requested).
  • The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world, be realistic how much time you budget for a visit.
  • It is strongly recommended not to bring suitcases and luggage to the museum. Only luggage not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 20cm will be accepted.

Opening times & prices

In overview, the museum is open daily, except Tuesdays and certain public holidays, from 9am to 6pm. Evening openings until 9.45pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to seasonality, best consult the official website to confirm for when you are visiting. You will also find a list of French national holidays when the museum is closed.

The standard ticket is for full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions held in the Hall Napoleon. There is a supplemental charge if you wish to view the temporary exhibitions.

Admission is free for all visitors on the first Saturday of each month from 6pm to 9.45pm and on Bastille Day (14 July). Entrance is also free for under 26s on Friday evenings, again from 6pm-9.45pm.

Paris Museum Pass

Paris Museum Pass

If visiting the Louvre is a main reason to visit Paris then do check out getting a Paris Museum Pass.

Assuming you will want to visit other Paris art galleries and museums like the Orsay Museum or make multiple visits to the Louvre the Paris Museum Pass will save money and you can skip the ticket queues of the main venues.

It is now compulsory that Paris Museum Pass holders book their entry time slots in advance. You must present your pass along with your document confirming the time slot reservation.

Find out more about Paris Museum Pass

Guides and tours provided by The Louvre

Multimedia guides

As you would expect, an audio guide is available for a charge. Several hundred artworks are translated into 7 languages (French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, and Korean). You can buy a fast-track ticket with audio guide in advance (see below).

Self-guided tour of Louvre

There are a number of self-guided tours you can download from the official website of the Louvre (link above). These are called thematic tours.

Each trail is based on a selection of works that typify a period, an artistic movement, or a theme. You can print them out from the website.

Guided tour of Louvre

For individuals there is an introductory tour in English to the Louvre. The tour provides an introduction to a selection of masterpieces in the collection and lasts about 90 minutes.

Most tours are in French, typically only 2 tours a day in English, though do check in advance. These tours are of course not free and cannot be booked in advance.

Advance purchase Louvre fast track tickets & tours

Fast track Louvre tickets

You can avoid the long queues for entrance by buying your tickets in advance.

Unfortunately you can't pick the tickets up from the Louvre Museum. Instead you pick them up from an agency about 1 km away.

However, the office is easy to get to and situated at the metro Bonne Nouvelle (line 8 or 9) or Strasbourg Saint Denis (line 4, line 8, and line 9) and is in the Grands Boulevards district of Paris, which is walkable from many hotels.

Louvre Museum Fast Track tickets

LOUVRE FAST TRACK ENTRANCE - SKIP THE LINE TICKETS

Louvre fast track tickets
Adult Up to 18 years
€17.00 FREE

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Fast track Louvre tickets with tours

Louvre Museum skip the line fast track tickets with audio guide

LOUVRE FAST TRACK ENTRANCE - WITH GUIDED AUDIO TOUR

Fast track access followed by 2.5 hour audio guided tour. After your audio tour, you can continue to explore on your own.

Louvre Museum skip the line fast track tickets with audio guide
Louvre Museum skip the line fast track tickets with audio guide
Adult Child (3-17 years) Infant (0-2 years)
From €39.00 From €9.00 From €3.00

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Louvre Museum fast track entrance with 3-hour small group walking tour

LOUVRE FAST TRACK ENTRANCE - WITH 3-HOUR SMALL GROUP WALKING TOUR

3-hour walking tour covering highlights of the museum. You can continue exploring on your own pace after the tour. Morning, afternoon and evening tours available.

Louvre Museum fast track entrance with 3-hour small group walking tour
Louvre Museum fast track entrance with 3-hour small group walking tour
Adult Child (4-14 years) Infant (0-4 years)
From €61.00 From €58.00 From €1.00

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Louvre Museum and Orsay Museum small group walking tour

LOUVRE MUSEUM & MUSEE D'ORSAY - SEMI-PRIVATE SMALL GROUP WALKING TOUR

Numbers limited to 8 people. Break between museum visits. At the end of the tour, you can continue exploring Orsay Museum.

Louvre Museum and Orsay Museum small group walking tour
Louvre Museum and Orsay Museum small group walking tour
Adult Youth (10-17 years) Child (0-9 years)
From €149.00 From €139.00 From €105.00

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Getting to the Louvre Museum Paris

The Louvre is very central and easy to get to. By Paris Metro the Louvre has its own metro station on line 1 called Palais-Royal–Musee du Louvre.

All of the popular Paris hop on, hop off sightseeing buses stop here and the Batobus river bus service also has a stop for the Louvre.

The Louvre is within 5-10 minutes walk of Notre Dame and the Orsay Museum.

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