Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum
4.5
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Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:45 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
As one of the largest, oldest, and grandest museums in the world, the Louvre hosts a treasure trove of artworks spanning diverse cultures and periods of history. Marvel at the museum’s greatest hits: the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, and stunning collections of prized paintings and Greek and Roman statues. It’s not possible to see all of the museum in one visit, so be inspired to return for your next trip to Paris. Buy timed-entry tickets online to skip the lines as the museum is usually packed. You can also join a guided tour to enjoy a curated experience organized and led by an expert. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Louvre / Palais-Royal
From the majestic Louvre to the regal Palais-Royal, this neighborhood oozes luxury. The grand arches along Rue de Rivoli are shadowed by mosaics in front of decorated vitrines and hotels. Place Vendôme is lined with the world’s best jewelers and their glittering window displays. Every other establishment has someone to open the door for you or park your car. You can spend hours gazing at its haute couture shops or lingering over a meal at any of its chic eateries. After all that indulgence, the Tuileries gardens provide stately respite, while theaters compete for your applause. It's a neighborhood that draws admirers from around the world, all attracted to the luxe life in Paris.
How to get there
  • Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre • 3 min walk
  • Louvre – Rivoli • 5 min walk
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  • Norwin A
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing visit.
    What a wonderful experience my family and I had visiting this world renown museum of fine arts and culture. We were simply awestruck by all the acquired arts by renown artists including the Mona Lisa. One word of advise is to purchase your entrance tickets way ahead of time. Tickets purchased on line are a bit more cheaper. Students living and studying in Europe enter free. We literally spend three hours waiting in line. We arrived at 7am in the morning and already there was a huge line. The museum itself opens at 9AM. Be prepared as this museum takes literally a whole day to see. All in all this museum is worth the visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • msbene
    Knoxville, Tennessee108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better with a private guide
    This is an incredible museum with many important works of art, however, the complex is huge and difficult to do on your own if you do not read french. As others have pointed out, the map is not very clear as this was never intended to be a museum, but a palace that had additions built on. That being said, for larger sites like these, we have found it to be beneficial to have a private, guided tour. We entered through the side entrance (lion’s gate) with no waiting. Our guide was amazing and tailored the tour to our interests and kept my teenage son engaged. Following the 3 hour tour of the highlights, he left us on our own to explore at our leisure. It was incredibly crowded, but we were able to see everything we hoped.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Monique C
    Dallas, Texas45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art is Everywhere
    There is so much to see! We were able to purchase tickets in advance, which was a time saver. Once inside, you have your bags checked, and it's on to the exhibits. I would recommend that anyone visiting the Louvre wear comfy shoes and take a refillable bottle. There are a lot of stairs and a ton of walking to be done. Unfortunately, the elevators weren't operating correctly. And be prepared to stand in a line to see the Mona Lisa. We saw some unforgettable works of art! Hint: Don't forget to look up!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Michelle P
    Washington83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour gives you a great look at the Louvre
    Anis was our guide through a very interesting tour of the Louvre. This museum is vast and can be overwhelming to navigate on your own. Having a knowledgeable guide helps you see the masterpieces in context. Anis gave us an overview of the museum. After the tour, we were free to go back and explore on our own. With her help, we knew where to go and how to get there. We highly recommend this tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Tatiana R
    Los Angeles, California26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prepare in advance for this huge museum
    If you’re visiting, def prepare ahead in advance. The Louvre is huge, so you need time to walk around and also trying to navigate the area. Best bet would be buying tickets in advance to skip the line and see the famous Mona Lisa.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • D V
    San Diego, California30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it
    Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy art and historical artifacts. The line to get in is quite long, but I would recommend entering from the subway station entrance underground to avoid the crowds. Keep in mind that if you intend to see the entire museum you need 2-3 days minimum!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • kaidia2017
    Brisbane, Australia523 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mona Lisa viewing
    Purchased tickets online, then used the underground entrance as the line wasn’t too long. Definitely worth a visit but it will take more than one day to truly enjoy. The day we went was very crowded and the line to see The Mona Lisa took about 30mins to get to the front.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Anne J
    Midlothian, Texas98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it! But get tickets in advance
    GET TICKETS IN ADVANCE! We are so thankful we purchased tickets in advance for a timeslot on the day we wanted to go. The museum is absolutely worth it, even if you only spend an hour or two, but if you don't have a ticket beforehand, the line to get in is astronomically long.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • mfilcol2014
    Lisbon, Portugal1,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss
    The Louvre is the biggest, best and most visited museum in the world. Visiting it is a real treat. A trip through the art and history of the world. Not to be missed. A word of advice: buy tickets online and enter through the Carrousel entrance. You must also choose what to visit. It is impossible to visit the entire Museum. Don't miss
    mfilcol2014, thank you for sharing your experience. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your day to the Louvre. See you soon!
    Written August 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 1, 2023
  • ClaudioY
    Wilmington, North Carolina170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum
    Louvre Museum is one of the largest art museum of the world, full of masterpieces of arts. The views of the exterior of the buildings are also amazing. I recommend to book the ticket in advance to avoid the long waiting line.
    claudioy8, thank you very much for your enthusiastic feedback! See you soon at the Louvre.
    Written August 23, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
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P Werrmann
Winter Garden, FL6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I am giving only 4 stars because of the atrocious security management at the entrance. Guests without tickets such as myself waited 90 minutes in the cold before being allowed in. A major preference was given to those who purchased admission in advance. Even when those queues were empty, security still wasn’t letting the main line move. When asked why, the curt guard provided no reasoning and said only “patience”. It was almost enough to give up and leave, but I’m glad we stayed. The museum was worth it, but I definitely recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

After getting inside, the experience was great. There was plenty to see but the map was very unhelpful. It was a little disappointing that the Egyptian Antiquities section was closed during our visit, but that just meant we explored other sections. There is truly too much to see in one day. Frankly, the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo aren’t that impressive. I understand their historical significances, but there are far more impressive paintings and sculptures elsewhere in the museum.

If you find yourself in Paris, make sure to stop here. And if you’re under 26 and living/studying in Europe, take advantage of the free admission!
Written January 26, 2020
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GNYC1
New York City, NY50 contributions
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Dec 2019
We loved seeing the Louvre. This is one of the iconic places in Paris that is not to be missed. However, do yourself a favor & go there with an established guide.

The guide provides many benefits. To begin with, we skipped the main entry point & the massive crowds & gained access through a side entrance which was fabulous. But if you don't have a guide, make sure to buy advance tickets to avoid the long ticket buying line.

Once inside, our guide knew this enormous museum inside out & expertly navigated us through it's many hallways & passages to get us to the "main attractions" as quickly as possible. The Louvre is massive & crowded & it would have taken us hours to do on our own what our guide accomplished in just over an hour.

Also, we purchased advanced tickets for the DaVinci exhibition inside the Louvre which was just wonderful. This exhibition is not included with general admission & must be separately purchased. One should definitely get tickets as soon as possible if you are heading to Paris in the near future (I'm not sure how much longer it will be there) & wish to see this special exhibition.
Written January 3, 2020
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Jillian McCall
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
If you are in Paris, you have to see the Louvre, of course! Definitely buy your tickets ahead of time on their website, it's makes your life much easier on the day of your visit, as it is always crowded. I also don't think it's required to have a guided tour. I got the basic ticket with the headset and loved it because I wasn't locked into a certain time frame. You must also avoid anyone "selling tickets" outside the museum, they are fake. Once inside, you get a headset and are let loose into the different wings, it's user friendly and easy to navigate. You can choose to spend 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours, whatever. You make it what you want it to be! The only con that I can say is that the Mona Lisa is the most difficult to see, yet the biggest attraction there. I never saw it because the line is insane and it's a whole different ticket and payment to see it. I wish they could find a better way to share this piece with everyone! Though other works of art by DaVinci are view-able and honestly, very similar. Highly recommend the Louvre, don't miss it!
Written January 20, 2020
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mtbydr
116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Be careful about the strikes; eventhough it may seem absurd it would be beneficial to read about them before going to the museum. Especially for early tickets (09:00-09:45) you may have to wait outside. It is always worth the price to book a ticket online even in offseason. Dont forget to ask for the online ticket line!
Written February 4, 2020
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travelingkr2011
Houston, TX228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
My husband and I visited Paris for our anniversary and this was by far one of our favorite things to see in Paris! The Louvre Museum is a must see! The architectural design of the buildings outside were great. We purchased our tickets in advance with a 9am entrance time on a Saturday. Because we had our tickets, we were able to get through security and get started in no time at all. We picked up maps in English which were really helpful. The exhibits were beautiful! The Louvre also had many countries represented throughout the building. The Mona Lisa tends to be very crowded but it is worth seeing. The gift shop had some great souvenirs and they were reasonably priced as well. I would recommend visiting this museum when they first open and plan to stay at least 4 hours.
Written July 22, 2020
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David C
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Travelled to Paris specifically to see the Da Vinci exhibit. Our slot was booked for 8pm on the Friday. When we arrived there were approximately 20-30 protesters blocking the entrance. We were advised by the security on the door that the museum was closed due to the protest and we would be refunded our ticket price. For such a small amount of protesters I cannot understand how a museum such as The Louvre could just shut. Especially as so many people have travelled globally to see this particular exhibit.
Written January 20, 2020
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David R
Adelaide, Australia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Everyone knows that the Louvre is one of the premier museums (if not the premier museum) in the world. It goes without saying that it is well worth a visit.
Skip the line tickets are a worthwhile investment because the entrance line is generally horrendously long, however a cheaper and better alternative is to go early (within the first 1/2 hour of opening). We left it too late to book skip the line tickets for the day we wanted to go so instead went early and entered through the side entrance about 1/2 hour after opening and joined a line of only 20 or so people. (The line was that short that we wondered whether we were in the wrong line). Sure enough, when we looked out the window at the glass pyramid entrance later while we were having lunch the lines there were massive.
You need pretty much a full day to do the museum justice anyway - even then you cant possibly see everything in just the one day.
Similar to the entrance line, the line to see the Mona Lisa is generally massive. If you go early then do this first thing as the line only gets longer as the day goes on.
Written January 15, 2020
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r0mantraveler
Newport, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
One of the best museums in the world. This museum is absolutely fantastic, filled with some of the best art from all over the world. The 90 minute guide book provides great itinerary to explore the museum for the first time as it takes you around the whole museum and to important works you would not necessarily have known about. It definitely takes more than 90 minutes though as you will no doubt be fascinated by other works of art you walk past. Obviously the famous works like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo are extraordinary, but it has so much more to offer.

Beware the crowds and the cue. Around the super famous works the crowds are ridiculous, especially the Mona Lisa which even has its own cue. This makes it all the more surprising that there are some comparatively empty galleries particularly in the Richelieu wing - the Dutch, Flanders and northern rooms in particular and they contain fabulous works by the likes of Rembrandt, van Eyck and Ruisdael.

The classical section is also great. As well as the Venus de Milo there is a fabulous sculpture collection which is well worth an explore. I particularly enjoyed the statue of Pupienus, one of the least known but more interesting a Roman emperors.

Definitely get buy your tickets before you arrive.
Written January 5, 2020
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Khendr'a R
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Saw some of the best artworks in the world. From the Egyptians to the Roman Empire. The museum takes more than a day to go through to cover all of the exhibits. I highly recommend going very early if you would like to see the Mona Lisa otherwise it will be very packed. Also attached are shops that can be visited.
Written January 5, 2020
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WindowSeatGoddess
New York City, NY77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The building itself is magical-All that history with the most bizarre pyramids right in the center. All the stories of how crowded the museum is are true. I think the best strategy is to make a plan beforehand and stick to it. We didn't feel like the time spent standing in line to see the Mona Lisa was worth it- we opted to see some of the other noted pieces instead. There is just so much to cover, it was a better use of our day.
Written February 20, 2020
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