Louvre Museum, Paris

Louvre Museum, Paris (must see)

Originally a fortress-turned-royal palace, the Louvre eventually has become France’s #1 cultural venue, to call which simply a museum now would be a huge understatement! Housing some 38,000 artifacts, spanning the period from the times prehistoric to the 21st century, the Louvre offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience to those considering themselves genuine art lovers.

Whatever your interest – paintings, sculptures, archaeological findings, pharaoh tombs or beautiful jewelry or trinkets of various sorts from all over the world – the Louvre has it all in abundance, including some of the world-acclaimed masterpieces like the ancient Greek statues “Venus de Milo” and “The Winged Victory of Samothrace” or the “Raft of the Medusa” painting, not to mention the talk of the world – “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo Da Vinci.

In fact, for many, Mona Lisa is the prime, if not the only, reason they come to the Louvre. If you're one of them, be ready to politely wedge your way through the crowd to the front row, so as to be able to snap a few shots of the painting, if lucky. Still, it is not until you visit some of the less hyped areas of the Louvre, like the Sully or Richelieu wings for instance, that you will get to see its true colors. Less crowded than the others, these galleries are just as much treasure troves, if not more. The Richelieu wing, in particular, is extremely chic and renowned for its brilliant lighting and glassed courtyards, truly unique pieces of architecture to see which is an incomparable aesthetic pleasure. The highlight of the Richelieu is the Napoleon III apartment with its gargantuan chandeliers, acres of ceiling paintings, swathes of red velvet, and an explosion of decorative moldings, not to mention the kilos of gold leafs used for gilding in a bid to create an overwhelmingly opulent setting.

In 2018, the Louvre was declared the world's most visited art museum, averaging 28,000 visitors per day. If you're determined to check the Louvre off your bucket list successfully, be sure to procure your tickets or museum pass well in advance and, in order to get in quicker, take the less-crowded underground entrance at Porte des Lions (the Lions Gate). The most convenient time to visit would be Wednesday or Friday afternoon when the museum is open till 10pm. Subject to season, you may then almost have the whole place to yourself, believe it or not, in which case the experience would be absolutely fantastic! Also, once inside, make sure to get a map so as to save yourself some precious time running back and forth; otherwise you may end up struggling to find your way around the place just to see what you want to see...

Why You Should Visit:
One-of-a-kind experience and still one of the most wonderful places for an art lover.

Opening Hours:
Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun: 9am-6pm; Wed, Fri: 9am-9:45pm
1st Saturday of each month: 6-9:45pm, free for all visitors.
Rooms begin closing at 5:30pm and at 9:30pm on night openings.

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Sight Name: Louvre Museum
Sight Location: Paris, France (See walking tours in Paris)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Paris, France

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Le Marais Walking Tour

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Montmartre Walking Tour

Montmartre Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Champs-Elysees Walking Tour

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Your best plan would be to start with the Triumphal Arch and walk up to its viewing area for great sights down the Champs-Élysées – a lovely...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Latin Quarter Walking Tour

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Paris Introduction Walking Tour II

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From the Louvre to the Notre-Dame Cathedral to Place de la Bastille, the evolution of Paris and its history is literally visible on the banks of the river Seine, the linking thread winding its way through the city, as if keeping a watchful eye on its architectural marvels.

This walk is centered around Île de la Cité and Le Marais, which together form the historical core of power in Paris....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles

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