Musee du Louvre
As one of the most important and most visited
( 8M+ annually)
museums in the world the Louvre Museum is obviously a very busy
It is another
'must see' attraction of Paris but one which
deserves a bit of pre-planning (buy a guide) before you
venture into its 14
kilometres of galleries (that's eight
miles!) spread over 4 levels. It can, as I
have learned from personal experience, be
With star exhibition
pieces such as the 'Mona Lisa', the 'Venus de Milo'
and the 'Winged Victory' it is not hard to understand why
it is so popular. These particular favourites
have now been placed in a more accessible area
by forward thinking management as they are
sometimes all some visitors want to see - which
is a bit of a shame when you consider the museum
is home to over 35000 artefacts!
We won't go into too much detail here as to what else you can see, suffice to say there is something for everyone.
official website is a great source of
*Most tourists enter the Louvre through the main entrance under the glass pyramid in the central courtyard ( the “Napoléon courtyard”) of the museum. What they do not know is that there are several entrances to the Louvre, all of which are far less busy.
wait up to two hours or so just to get past the security area at the front door of the pyramid, then you have to wait in line again inside to buy tickets.
another entrance 'Porte des Lions',** at street level, a short distance away, it allows you to get your tickets, enter the museum and reach the Mona Lisa in no time at all, with little
or no waiting. You can also enter through the 'Carousel de Louvre' shopping centre on Rue de Rivoli. Just enter the shopping mall, go down the elevator and you'll see the Louvre entrance to the left. You'll find handy ticket machines and normally a very short security line.
See access map here
**This entrance is only open on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Consider visiting on a Wednesday or Friday evening or any day after 3.00pm to avoid the crowds.
Entrance is free on the
first Sunday of the month although, as
you can imagine, it is