Discover: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

The beautiful Musée du Louvre (or Louvre Museum) has been an imposing building set along the banks of the Seine River in central Paris dating as far back as the 12th century.

Following its transformation by Catherine de Médicis, then by Louis XIII and XIV, and finally by Napoleon I and III, the Louvre Museum was officially established in 1793 during the French Revolution. The now famous glass pyramid entrance was added as an architectural feature in 1989.

The Louvre Museum is home to 35,000 pieces of art including world antiquities from the Orient, Egypt and Greece as well as to works from Roman times, Europe and Islam. Visitors can view sculptures, decorative arts and paintings along with prints and drawings.

While thoughts of visiting the Louvre can seem overwhelming, it pays to do some homework before arriving on the doorstep. What does one want to see at the Louvre – masterpieces like Leonardo Da Vinci’s world famous painting of Mona Lisa or the Grecian marble statue of Venus de Milo? Taking the time to construct a list will ensure essential artworks won’t be missed.

The official Louvre Museum website offers a wealth of information including interactive floor plans; current exhibitions, collections and workshops; the adjacent Tuileries Garden and carrousel; plus printable self-guided tours.

Visitors in the pre-planning stage can also sign up for ‘My Personal Space’ on the Louvre website where personalized albums can be created from text and images from within the site. This feature is a wonderful exploration tool to help establish a list of artworks to visit once at the Louvre Museum in person.

For a first time visitor to the Louvre, taking a 1.5 hour guided tour (presented in English or French) is a most enjoyable way to experience the Louvre Museum. Once the informative tour has ended, there’s time to go back and explore by oneself.

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Thursday, and weekends – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday; and French national holidays of January 1, May 1 and December 25.

Admission Fees (Permanent Collection):
€9.50 (approximately US$13.50)
€6 for evening admission on Wednesday and Friday (approximately US$8.50)

Exhibition, combined and group tickets are also available. It’s advisable to purchase advance admission tickets online so as to avoid the line-ups at the ticket window saving time for the more important attractions inside the Louvre Museum.

You can also save even more money by investing in the Paris Pass which offers free admission to over 55 world famous museums and attractions in Paris including the Mus
ée du Louvre.

For more information, visit Musée du Louvre.


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Musee du Louvre - HDR, Museum, Paris
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Venus de Milo in the Musee du Louvre
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