The Louvre Museum Paris

Practical information for visitors to Paris wanting to visit the Louvre

Louvre Museum Queue Snaking Around The Pyramid

Louvre Museum Queue Snaking Around The Pyramid

The Louvre Museum - Official Web Site

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 famous Mona Lisa painting - perhaps the most famous painting in the world. The official web site, (link at top of page) contains a thorough guide as well as current temporary exhibitions.

The Louvre Opening Times / Admission Prices

For opening hours and current admission prices best consult the official web site (link at top of page) to confirm for when you are visiting.

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.

In overview the museum is open daily, except Tuesdays and certain public holidays, from 9am to 6pm. The official web site linked at top lists French national holidays when the museum is closed.

Evening openings until 10 p.m on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Admission to the permanent collection is free for all on the first Sunday of every month October to March, but as you would expect it can be uncomfortably crowded.

Key Facts When Visiting The Louvre

If purchasing tickets on the day be prepared for very long queues for tickets to the Louvre Museum

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 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm will be accepted.

Purchasing Tickets On-Line In Advance

Unfortunately currently the Louvre doesn't have a simple ticketing facility on its own web site where you can simply pay and book in advance skipping the queues.

Admission Only Fast Track Tickets On-Line In Advance

There are 3 official third party agents who can provide you with tickets on-line but you cannot pick-up the tickets at the Louvre itself. The admission only ticket offer detailed further down the page you collect from an agency office in the centre of Paris

Admission + Tour Tickets On-Line In Advance

There are also many tours and third parties offering value added tours with fast track access offering something more than the standard admission ticket for which of course you pay a premium, some of these are detailed further down the page.

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 it will save money and you can skip the ticket queues of the main venues and for vast places like The Louvre you can come back and take in the exhibits in manageable bite size chunks.

Paris Museum Pass - More Details

Guides & Tours Available On The Day Provided By The Louvre

Mult-Media 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 web site of the Louvre (link at top of page). 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 web site.

Guided Tours 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

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

Unfortunately buy the tickets direct from the Louvre and you cannot pick the tickets up from the Louvre Museum itself. Instead you pick them up from an agency about 1 km from the Louvre itself.

However, the office is easy to get to 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 walkable from many hotels.

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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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