The Louvre is the world's largest museum and also its most visited! It is like a city within the city, a maze of galleries, passageways, staircases and escalators. If you would put all three wings into one straight line, the Louvre would run for amazing 14 kilometers. Unfortunately a lot of visitors just come to take a photo of the world famous Mona Lisa from DaVinci and then leave. But there is so much more to see! Actually, one would need days to see and explore everything the Louvre has to offer. It can be overwhelming to walk up and down the aisles, it's easy to get lost during all the rooms, galleries and exhibits. Grab a free map on your way in at one of the information counters, they come in handy and in many languages. The Building itself is a piece of art being a palace build back in 1190. So is the main entrance, a massive glass pyramide designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei.
More than 35.000 works of art and artefacts are exhibited. There are eight departments (Near Eastern Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints and Drawings) which are located in the three wings Denon, Sully and Richelieu. The Louvre’s collection includes Egyptian antiques, ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, paintings by the Old Masters, and crown jewels and other artifacts from French nobles. Its works span the sixth century B.C. to the 19th century A.D.
Without a doubt, The Louvre’s most famous piece is the "Mona Lisa" from Leonardo Da Vinci. The painting, which bewitches countless of visitors with its ladies mysterious smile, can be quite challenging to see. This small painting - it is only 53 by 75 centimeter - is covered with bullet-proof glass and flanked by guards with dozend if not hundrets of visitors right before her. But there are many more world famous and mindblowing things to see. The Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Venus de Milo, Michaelangelo's Dying Slave, the Lamassus, Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People and Botticelli’s Venus with Three Graces to name just a few. The list is actually endless...
Queues to get in can be long and it is possible that tickets for certain days at certain times are sold out. You can purchase them way in advance if you like on the Louvre's website or many other online sellers. Plan your breathtaking visit well to make the most of your time!
Monday: 09:00-18:00Tuesday: closedWednesday: 09:00-21:45Thursday: 09:00-18:00Friday: 09:00-21:45Saturday: 09:00-18:00Sunday: 09:00-18:00Closed on a few selected French Holidays)
Entrance Fee for the permanent Exhibition:
General: 15 Euro
Free admission without queuing for (valid ID or proof of entitlement may be required):
- visitors under the age of 18 - 18-25 year-old residents of the European Economic Area - teachers of art, art history, and the applied arts - holders of a valid "Pass Education" card - artists affiliated to the Maison des Artistes or AIAP - holders of a valid ICOM/ICOMOS card - job seekers and people on income support - visitors with disabilities and the person accompanying them - holders of membership cards (permanent collections only)
Every Friday from 6 p.m. admission to the museum is free for under-26s of all nationalities on presentation of valid ID.
From October to March, admission to the museum is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month.
Admission is also free on Bastille Day (July 14th)