Louvre Museum

The Louvre, Paris: Hours, Address, The Louvre Reviews: 4.5/5

Louvre Museum
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Art Museums
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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 - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Home to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Louvre is considered the world's greatest art museum, with an unparalleled collection of items covering the full spectrum of art through the ages.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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from $38.21
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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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Adewale
Lagos, Nigeria732 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Absolutely magnificent building, just like so many other buildings in Paris. Unfortunately I visited in April and for some reason the crowds everywhere were totally insane. I didn't get to go into the museum itself but even from the outside, its grandeur is crystal clear. I'd recommend planning a visit well in advance and also purchasing your tickets online, it might also help to review their website prior to visiting so one can have a more targeted experience. Even with planning, exploring the whole museum is a multi-day experience so imagine trying to do all that without any prior preparation. Entry fee is 17€ per adult and I think free for kids.

Written May 2, 2022
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Barry A
Colchester, UK1,115 contributions
Nov 2021
We pre-purchased our tickets on-line before we travelled and I recommend this (cost 2021 £27), particularly at the moment. We still had to queue to show our "pass sanitaire" to prove we had been vaccinated as everyone has to in France at the moment.
Once we had got through that there was another short queue to get in to the museum. After that you are free to wander around unless you want to see the Mona Lisa as there is another queue for that.
There is lots (in addition to that painting) to see and we left after about three hours and I feel that I didn't see everything so if I go back to Paris I will definitely go back.
This is one of those must see places but also definitely book in advance, you currently have to pick a time slot but do not think you will get in then so go a little earlier.
Written December 3, 2021
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S.M.D
Greece74 contributions
Mar 2022
Musee du Louvre is undoubtedly worth visiting! I cannot imagine visiting Paris without visiting this significant museum. We stayed at the museum for 7 hours and still, sadly, we weren't able to see all of them. I have no words to describe the feeling of seeing all these amazing paintings and statues for the very first time, it is an overwhelming feeling that cannot be easing described. Prebooking your tickets online is highly recommended, as you have to wait 2 or 3 hours maximum to get a ticket waiting in the queue. Plus, if you are 18-26 years old and you are an EU resident you get free access!
Written March 19, 2022
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Andreas
Naples, FL48 contributions
Apr 2022
The Louvre Museum is arguably THE greatest museum in the world. The sheer quantity, quality (countless masterpieces) and variety of art on display is quite overwhelming.

Having said that, our most recent experience at The Louvre was anything but great.
Understandably, especially on the heels of a pandemic, during which all museums were closed and subsequently access was extremely limited, Louvre tickets are of course very much in demand.

Well…no worries NOW about Louvre access being limited. Museum operators have apparently thrown caution to the wind and opened the place up to an unlimited number of visitors every day. We visited on a Wednesday (purchased reserved tickets online for 10 AM entry) and the place already looked like Macy’s during a fire sale. People and more people were EVERYWHERE bumping into each other left and right; crowded, crowded, and OVER-crowded. Of course, whenever you put people into overcrowded situations like that, even in a museum temperature and tempers tend to rise. (Are there no fire codes in France?)
It’s disgraceful really. French museum officials should be ashamed. The joy and great pleasure of our experience, and I’m guessing that of many, was greatly diminished by what can only be described as greed.
Written April 30, 2022
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Adam J
32 contributions
Nov 2021
Well first of all, we went last Saturday on 6th November 2021 so a weekend. thought it would be a good idea to purchase the skip the like tickets from a third party website, DONT BOTHER!!! first they took the money 17 euros each and then cancelled so now I'm waiting for a refund. so i just went on the official Louvre website where the tickets are the same price and you book an arrival time so when you arrive you basically just walk in anyway which we did. So folks just do that , don't bother with all the skip the line rubbish just pre book with the official website and you skip the line any way, also i couldn't see any real que any way.

Any way , the Louvre, yes its ok if your into that sort of stuff. will take you a few hours to walk around. lots of things to see, lots of paintings with sad looking women holding fat babies.

the que for the mona lisa is about 5 mins, no chance of stuffing up your jumper as there are guards everywhere. sorry.

Written November 11, 2021
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Cadi
10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
I would definitely recommend visiting the Louvre! Why not if you’re already visiting Paris? I think you can still enjoy and appreciate the museum even if you aren’t particularly a fan of art, there’s surely got to be one piece that is going to captivate you out of the 30,000 pieces there. I went with my family and they aren’t art fans at all, but they still found some pieces and rooms interesting.

The museum is HUGE. You need to visit multiple times if you really want to encapsulate the whole experience, but generally 3/4 hours should be enough if you only have a day there, maybe more if you’re very interested and keen. I spent around 3 hours there, but I only visited the Denon wing and the Richelieu Wing because my family were nagging me so I just said to them that we’ve been through it all (although we hadn’t been to the Sully wing). I saw everything I wanted to see though, so I didn’t have any desperation to visit the Sully wing, it just would’ve been nice, so I recommend taking a snack break!

I definitely recommend planning what specific pieces of art you want to see and which wing they are located at before you go, it will make the whole experience less hectic as you have an idea of where they are. But if you don’t have any specific pieces of art you want to see, then I suppose it doesn’t matter, as long as you know what wings interests you the most if you have a small time restriction so you can visit them first.

There’s a great booth to charge your phone behind the escalators if you need it, they are free and you can lock your phone in it (be aware that some don’t lock). My phone had 10% and I needed to find my way around Paris with my phone so the booth really came in handy.

The gift shop is great. The main one that you see when you leave the museum wings that’s one the left is usually soooo busy so I recommend visiting the one on the right that’s usually less hectic that has pretty much the same items.

If i could recommend you one thing to see in the Louvre it would be Napoleon’s apartments. They are magnificent! They definitely have the wow factor. They are located in the Richelieu Wing, I found them quite difficult to find but they are up the escalators (can’t remember what floor there are so many).

There are a few ways on entering the museum but I entered through the metro station which I found very convenient as it was way less crowded than the main entrance (pyramid entrance).
Written April 22, 2022
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Cadievans, thank you for taking the time to describe your experience. We are glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written May 5, 2022
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,194 contributions
Dec 2021
Unless you have unlimited time to explore the more than 35,000 pieces of art on display, you need to arrive at the Louvre with a game plan. Do your homework and decide what artwork you really want to see (top 10 or top 20). Make note of floor/wing/room. A guide can whisk you around and will eliminate the ‘where do I go now dilemma’, but with a map it is not that hard to figure out once you get your bearings. Just be prepared for lots of walking. Buy tickets online ahead of time from the Louvre website (this advice works for all the main sights). Paris was crowded the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but with tickets in hand we walked past long lines. Don’t miss the opportunity to ‘hold’ the Louvre from the courtyard platforms! And yes, there is a line to see the Mona Lisa, considered to be the most famous painting in the world. It moved quickly though; security guards waved people along.
Written February 13, 2022
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ690 contributions
Dec 2019
This museum could easily double as a maze with all the rooms and passageways! For our first stop we decided to take on the Louvre and we had planned on visiting a few other places later that day. This museum can easily be an entire day visit given the size of it and how many different things there are to see. We easily spent 6 hours there and recommend giving yourself adequate time to explore so you don’t feel rushed. We bought a Paris Museum Pass through @klook for 55 USD per person which gave us access to over 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris for 48 hours. This is a good choice if you know you want to explore several popular museums or attractions within a few days since they offer 2, 4, and 6 day options. But be advised you still need to make a separate ticket reservation for the Louvre using your pass since you need to pick a specific time to enter. If you choose to visit individually the cost is around 19 USD per adult. In many cases in Europe people 25 years or younger are considered youth so be sure you check what category you fall under to avoid paying more for any attractions. There are also many opportunities to enter for free on the first Sunday of each month and certain evenings for most museums. For any museum be sure to bring comfortable shoes and be ready to walk and go up and down stairs. We also suggest eating beforehand since food inside can be expensive and the earlier you can enter the better so you can enjoy more of the space to yourself!
-@wanderingwithustwo
Written May 14, 2020
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Ola J
9 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
the museum does not need to be advertised or its collection, because it is known all over the world. Organizationally, we recommend that you buy a ticket online in advance - the queue is quite long anyway, and if you don't have a ticket, you can wait even a few hours. We had a problem with finding ourselves in the museum, we had a map, and yet it was difficult for us to find specific exhibitions, which made us go around sometimes. we have wasted our time on this. we recommend spending the whole day here, because seeing everything in 2-3 hours is impossible. beautiful interiors, it is very nice to spend time here.
Written October 11, 2021
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Sarah T
Manchester, UK19 contributions
May 2022
Very very crowded! We've been to Paris a few times before but never to the Louvre so we decided to do it this time as it's one of the must see things in Paris. We booked our tickets beforehand for 9:30am on a Monday morning, even though we went for the first slot on a weekday, it was packed and there was a massive queue to get in. You understandably have to through metal detectors before you get in but then there is a big reception area before you actually get your tickets scanned to get in. They do check your tickets in the queue to make sure you are in the right queue.

We made a plan beforehand of what to see but we couldn't see where the maps were offered and a lot of places are shut off for renovation so we had to ask for directions numerous times which was a bit annoying so I would suggest maybe printing off a map at home if you can or when you go in pick up a map which is at the reception desk on the right (the place is massive so we missed it).

There is a queue to get to the Mona Lisa but then at the end the queue just opens up to this area in front where everyone is pushing and shoving to see it and it's very touristy so everyone was being rude and I got properly shoved. What I would say is they need to keep it as a queue throughout so only one group can be right in front of it at a time then the staff tell them to move on. Instead of fighting to see it especially when there is still a pandemic.

We stayed probably 1.5 hours and most of that was walking around trying to find the things we wanted to see as half the staircases were shut off. It was then very difficult to get out they signpost you to the exit throughout but then when you hit the main area all the exit signs seem very hard to find. We ended up going to the wrong exit as we only saw the sign for our exit after we had passed it and we just wanted to get out.

It's one of those things you do once and never again as it is just so painfully crowded and badly managed.
Written May 7, 2022
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