A place travelers can visit The Louvre
Reviews: The Louvre
General description: The LouvreThe Louvre is the most extensive museum in the world focusing especially on old masters of all cultures. After all, the "Venus de Milo" (2nd century BC), Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" (16th century) or Jan Vermeer's "Lacemakers" (17th century) aren't the only venerable ladies to be seen.
Finding your way around
If you want to avoid the long queue at the main entrance beneath the pyramid, go in by the Porte des Lions (Seine side) in the Denon Wing. From there, you will soon find yourself at Leonardo da Vinci's hugely popular "La Joconde" - the "Mona Lisa", which now glows in a new light in the freshly refurbished Salle des États. You should also be sure to pick up a floor plan from the information desk, and get a weekly overview which will tell you when certain collections are closed. With all this in hand, those with a hunger for culture can look forward to an opulent menu which reaches back to the 7th century BC The Oriental, Egyptian (especially monumental) and Graeco-Roman cultures are presented in three complexes (Denon, Sully and Richelieu). Alongside European sculpture from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, fine arts and over 10,000 graphic works from six centuries, another highlight is the collection of paintings which recounts the history of European painting from the 13th to the 19th century, arranged by region. In the magnificent Apollon Gallery, the exuberant stucco work, crown jewels and paintings of Charles Le Brun, Eugène Delacroix and others bear witness to the might of the Sun King Louis XIV.
The Louvre for people who don't enjoy museums
You can also interrupt your museum visit by visiting the Carrousel du Louvre, a tastefully designed underground shopping arcade (also open on Sundays), a café or one of the many international fast-food outlets. Even if you don't want to visit the museum at all, it's worth taking a look at the Louvre buildings, which developed from 12th century fortress to Renaissance palace. The exposed medieval foundations, the Cour Carée which is beautifully illuminated in the evenings, the little Arc de Triomphe which stands in the same line of sight as its big brother, and the daring glass pyramid designed by Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei are the absolute highlights of any visit to Paris.
Whether beneath the glass pyramid or in the Renaissance palace, one can spend weeks in the world's most extensive museum.
Musée du Louvre
Subway stops; Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre
€10 for a full day pass.
Multimedia guides cost €6.
Concession, group discounts and free admission available see website for details.
Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun 9am-6pm
Wed, Fri 9am-9.45pm
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85 reviews The Louvre
This is an amazing and huge museum. Of course you must see the Mona Lisa, but there are also so many other beautiful pieces of art you must visit. One day is definitely not enough to tour the whole museum. Please note as with many attractions in Paris, there are very long lines to get in so get your ticket in advance. Read more
in July 15,
Ben, Age 19-25
I was surprised to find out that EU students gain free entry into the Louvre (you do not have to queue up in the ticket section inside). Although it didn't take a very long time to queue up outside to gain entry, it was still extremely busy, especially around the Mona Lisa. However, there is also a large selection of artwork from different time periods and from across the globe. In particular, my favourite was the Egyptian section, where you are able to see Egyptian artifacts and a smaller replica of the famous 'Great Sphinx'. However, I... Read more
in May 15,
Kathryn, Age 19-25
This is definitely one of the symbols of Paris and therefore a must-see on your list. Even if you don't have time to wait and visit the museum itself, it is still a very nice place and a good photo opportunity. Lovely old palace, modern glass pyramid, small arc de triumph, big nice gardens... Definitely a place to spend a couple of hours at least. Read more
in April 15,
Mirza, Age 41-45
Louvre in Paris houses amazing attractions like world famous Monalisa, statue of cupid, venus de melo, winged victory and huge number of paintings. After Cairo museum, it houses the biggest collection of Egyptian antiquities. Besides having a enviable collection of artefacts, the whole building was a palace and marvellous in architecture. Also invest in paying for a audio guide which is really useful in walking through myriad of galleries. Avoid loooong queues by buying ticket online or before hand. It can easily cost hours trying to buy a t... Read more
in March 15,
Devendra, Age 31-35
Gorgeous and really huge art museum. It is absolutely a must see in Paris. The entrance, with glass pyramids, is a very recognizable place. The historical building makes great impression inside too. Before buying a ticket ensure of the actual discount, as the UE citizens under 25 years old may get inside for free (you simply show your ID and collect your free ticket). However one day is too short to see the whole Museum. Read more
in December 14,
Katarzyna, Age 26-30