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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second time in Paris with the main goal of seeing the Mona Lisa. I had watched at least 5 different videos of the Louvre so I knew what to expect, especially with the Mona Lisa.
First off, she has moved to a different location. You can no longer wait your turn to the front and just enjoy the painting. If you are at the very beginning of the queue on the -2 floor, expect at least 45 mins of waiting and shuffling up 3 floors.
When you finally get up to be next in line for the painting, the guards unhook the lines and let about 20-30 people rush to front. If you are unlucky like we were because of our 3 small children, you end up at the back forced to try and get a good photo with your arms over everyone else's head.
By the time we actually squeezed our way to the front, we had time to literally take 4-5 quick selfies (3 came out blurry due to the shoving from other people). After about 20-30 seconds, the guards start to (literally) push you out for the next group.
We waited so long for this trip not to mention the 45+ plus mins in line, only to have maybe 10 seconds with her.
After we were done my wife commented, "We didn't even get to enjoy or really see her."
I can understand with the amount of people why they would make such a change however, we felt like we were robbed of enjoying one of the most famous paintings in the world.
I'd rather they lessen the group to 10 or less and shorten the time. At least then you would be able to take better pictures and have a couple of seconds to simply look at it. Biggest let down of our trip to Paris.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Sundalo
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bonjour! As you've probably read, the Mona Lisa had lines zigzaging as if in airport security, but the rest of the museum was not too busy at all. We took a bus, abs walked most other popular areas. Enjoy!

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

A once in a lifetime experience, definitely. This is one of the world's great museums and to have the opportunity to visit is incredible.

We visited in early September, and opted to stop first there upon arrival in Paris, as we couldn't check into our hotel straight away. We arranged for a luggage service to meet us at CDG airport and collect our bags to transfer to our B&B.

With us, we just had a small satchel containing valuables, and we had checked out the website for the museum and know there are lockers for use - for no charge. This was a really handy option to use!

The line moved quickly to purchase tickets and enter, and it's well worth it! We did have one issue, and that was the sheer amount of people in line for the Mona Lisa. I don't know what can be done about it, so just be prepared to wait and wait, as the line inches upward. The Security staff did a good job of regulating the pace of the viewers as we ascended on escalators, etc. to ensure there was not a huge jam anywhere. We slowly, but steadily, kept moving forward.

Only thing we wondered about was that in the escalator/stairwell that leads up through several floors to the Mona Lisa, what would be the evacuation plan in the event of an emergency? I'm guessing that the museum would have good plans ready for implementation, but we did wonder as we stood on the landings waiting to proceed.....

We definitely loved roaming the galleries, and all in all there was lots and lots of room to move everywhere else. There is so, so much to see that you really do need to budget at least a day there. It's great that the tickets are good for 24 hours so you can take a break and return, if you like.

Exterior wise, the surrounding parks, plazas and walkways were gorgeous and kept clean and safe.

We had coffees and snacks at the museum snackbar, and the food quality was great. The place was very clean and the staff were efficient and friendly.

We were, all in all, thrilled to be experience this magnificent location. The Louvre is an extraordinary place!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Augustus V
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, we visited the Louvre with the intention of spending up to half a day and completing a reasonable circuit, taking in the majority of the wonders on display - how wrong we were. The sheer size of this place is overwhelming, spread across multiple joined building and on multiple floors, which just goes on and on and on. It is so easy to lose yourself and bearings and then realise that you have managed to miss an entire section of history or race/region. After trundling up, down, back and forth for just under 4 hours, we gave up and called it a day - ensuring we had actually managed to see the top draws on our list.
To do this full justice and maximise on your time, then you need a plan of action. Pre-purchase of tickets is a must and be methodical in your approach and choice of routes. Avoid peak periods, book an early slot and do not spend too long in any one section - keep moving with purpose.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Chris T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So between Italy and France, this is on my must visit places. It’s engaging in its vast variety and is quite impressive. It’s certainly a good place to start as your first museum visits as it offers a range to engage your senses even as a museum novice. I suggest a private guided tour for maximum takeaways.

Date of experience: August 2019
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