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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

DO NOT BUY A GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET!!! You will still be stuck in insanely long lines with rude obnoxious tourists.

I visited the Louvre decades ago and loved it. I was left wondering how they could’ve screwed up something so easy, but they did.

Maps and routing made no sense. 75% of the staff is less than helpful, god forbid you ask them how to navigate the place.

As for the Mona Lisa, forget about it! You will be in a queue for over an hour, zigzagging your way thru the same room half a dozen times before you move into another room for more zigzagging.

The most disappointing part is that to see the Dutch & other old masters, you get stuck in the same queue as the Mona Lisa

We had a short list that we wanted to see but didn’t get it accomplished because we were just plain exhausted, and we hike for a hobby!!!

Trying to escape that mad house is a daunting task in itself as you’re forced to fight your way thru the gauntlet of an underground shopping mall! WTH?

Do yourself a favor and at least buy a ticket for a private tour. Maybe you’ll save yourself some anxiety and won’t have to deal with the selfie stick hordes

1  Thank chneff
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband has never visited Paris so we decided to visit the Louvre as I have never been in and we wanted to see the Mona Lisa. He is a history nerd so there was so much inside the museum he was interested in and wanted to see. The architecture was amazing and each floor and area had specific artwork in and we were given a map at the start to help us find our way around. I would say we spent a good three hours in there and we tried to find the Mona Lisa which had been moved the day before. The Mona Lisa had been moved to the top floor and it took us a good while trying to find it. We were put into a bottleneck queue and then directed into various snake queuing systems before we were anywhere near the painting. People were trying to push past to see it, we had literally 30 seconds to look at it before you’re ushered out the other side. After this we decided to get a drink at Starbucks inside the Louvre which was nice and we had a wander around the gift shops and various other shops underneath. We really enjoyed our experience and we’re glad we’ve been and done it. Would recommend getting your tickets online to avoid waiting in the queue outside.

Thank hendrix2610
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent most of a day here wandering through the considerable exhibits. Lots to see and lots to learn and, for the price, is pretty good value. However...the rude staff, layout and lack of signage explaining where things are/how to locate stuff on the map meant that we (along with MANY other people) were sort of aimlessly wandering around looking for things. Security staff were trying to deal with queues of people going in the wrong direction to see the Mona Lisa but, rather than telling them where to go and how to get there, were rudely pointing at an A4 poster which gave no information and turning them away - both parties getting more and more annoyed by each other. The Mona Lisa was temp housed on the top floor of a different building and the queues were crazy. It took so long to get to the painting and everywhere was so cramped that you a. couldn’t see any of the other paintings on the way up and b. didn’t want to look at any of them (through the huge queues) on the way down. Which was a shame. There was also a security alarm which instructed everyone to immediately evacuate the building but was largely ignored by public/staff ‍♂️ and eventually stopped. However, it was good to have a mooch around - couldn’t really come to
Paris and not pay it a visit!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank _stu_y_19
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did our planning, and bought tickets ahead. We arrived on a Friday at 3pm, just before the locals got off work (maybe?). We went straight to the Mona Lisa, and there are signs for it. Long line, omg, but got to see some other great da Vincis while working our way through the various rooms of roped off lines. Ugh. When you get up to the painting, it's in a glass box, and you get herded in a group of about 30 to go to a spot about 15 feet away. Take your shot and go. It took us about 45 minutes to get it over with, but we were glad we did it. Then, we got to roam around and see some amazing sculptures and artifacts. The museum is endless, and while we spent three hours there, we could have easily spent more. So much to take in!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Smoletx1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I were going to take a very quick look at the items in the Louvre. With limited time in Paris we thought that we would see the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo statue and head on to our next adventure. We were pleasantly surprise. The museum has millions of items of interest even to the least art enthusiast. Plan on several hours to see only a portion. Tips: Go early in the morning, purchase the skip the line pass and after receiving your museum map, plan what areas you will visit. There are a number of small cafes inside the museum that are reasonably priced.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank TykeTenney
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