The Louvre

The Louvre is the most visited museum and arguably the most renowned museum in the world

Famous Glass Pyramid entrance to the Louvre
Famous Glass Pyramid entrance to the Louvre cc licensed photo by zoetnet

There are few museums anywhere in the world that have attracted more attention than the Louvre. The world's most visited museum, the Louvre is home to in excess of 35000 pieces of art dating from the earliest times to the 19th century and displayed in an exhibition space covering an amazing 650,000 square feet. Some famous pieces of art include The Madonna and Leonardo da Vinci’s Saint Anne, however there are literally thousands more works of art and historical pieces for visitors to view.

The Louvre has a lengthy and interesting history. During the 12th century, Paris was Europe's largest city. To protect the capital from the Anglo Norman threat king, Philippe Auguste, who was reigning at that time, decided to build a garrison to reinforce its western defences on the shores of the River Seine. The large fortress comprised of a moat, a huge tower at the centre of the structure plus other towers encompassed narrow gates at the wall on south and east sides. The solid building had two inner buildings butt against the exterior walls on the south and west sides. This magnificant structure lost its ability to be Paris' defence fortress as the city grew far beyond the original wall by the mid 14th century. Other defences were developed under King Charles V which enclosed the Louvre within the expanding city. In 1364 he commissioned his architect, Raymon du Temple, to transform the ancient garrison into a splendid royal mansion.

Each section of the Louvre has its story to tell and bears the mark of a different influential personality. The Louvre was turned into a museum in 1791 and first opened its doors as such in 1793. The first pieces on display were works of art that were donated or loaned by families that could afford to do so. Since then, the Louvre has simply grown in splendour and has had many galleries added and renovations done to turn it into the amazing museum that it is today.

The Louvre, as with most famous museums, offers floor plans, audio guides and guide books to visitors. It also features a number of cafes, media centres and even a bookstore for those that wish to bring a little of the Louvre home with them. The Tuileries Gardens offer a number of activities for the restless little ones who may not enjoy taking in the art of the Louvre as much as their parents. Instead, they can be amused with boat rides and trampolines and other play area activities in the gardens.

Nearby attractions: Jardin des Tuileries and Museum of Decorative Arts

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Save time and skip the queue Free entry with the Paris Pass and on the first Sunday of each month.

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 20 50 50

Official Website: The Louvre


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M1 or M7Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre‎3 minutes

How to get to The Louvre by Metro / RER

By Metro: From Metro Line 1 or 7 exit at Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre‎‎ Station and proceed to your right (west) along Rue de Rivoli and then cross the road to your left and proceed through the arches at Place du Corrousel. The entrance to the the Louvre is in the Glass Pyramid ahead and to your left.

The Louvre is also easily accessed from the Batobus.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating The Louvre Museum is undoubtedly the best place to observe art pieces from across the world. It is so huge that it can take days to complete it entirely. The paintings and ancient sculptures are breathtaking. I would advise non-French speakers to take the audio guide or download the app as there is barely any non-French information displayed at the artifacts. For a layman like me, the Mona Lisa and the Egyptian mummy exhibit were the highlights of the visit. Tip - Buy tickets online and reach before the opening time of 9am on a weekday to beat the crowds. Put on your most comfortable shoes as it's going to be a long walk all along.

Rahul Ajmera - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Oh wow. The crown jewel of Paris. One of the largest museums I've ever been in. It's massive and sprawling and seems to go on forever. Other reviews do not exaggerate. If you actually took your time to walk around and look at all the pieces you could probably spend several days here. I loved the experience of being here. I managed to go see most of the masterpieces. The Mona Lisa was great to see. But to be honest you can see a better view of it online even closer. I don't mean to denigrate seeing it in reality but that was the busiest part of the museum. Aphrodite was less hectic to view and it was quite special to see it. But for me the best and most memorable experience was walking through , sitting and gawping in disbelief at the huge paintings by masters such as Delacroix. Speechless inducing. The size cannot be believed until you see them. And the detail the quality of the strokes. It all added up to an exceptional experience. A must do when visiting Paris.

Ammar Hassan - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating A beautiful museum with thousands of interesting pieces from various collections and time periods.A must visit in Paris. There are problems with the lines and how they're managed as well as frustratingly almost no translations of anything in the museum. I understand that I'm in France, but this is a museum of works from around the world. The least they could do is offer a translation booklet or app. Overall, the Louvre is a spectacular experience that everyone can enjoy. Make sure to have good walking shoes!

Mustafa Al-Ammar - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating So this was a dream come true for me to see Paris and spend several hours in this iconic wonderful gallery and museum. Literally incredible. The food inside (Paul's patisserie) was great value for money. The only thing I would do differently is to purchase the entrance tickets in advance thus avoiding the hefty cue to get in. Can't wait to go back.

Ian Peacock - 19 days ago

3 Star Rating While I was traveling in Europe for the 'Map Your World Week' Google #LocalGuides (ask for more info if interested). In my second time in Paris and I keep loving to visit this museum. However their Customer Service has decreasing in its quality in less than 2 years. Staff are not friendly and in the border to be rude. If you are not prepared to work in the Hospitality Industry, then do not do it! - the quantity of visitors per day can not affect the quality of the service that they must provide.

Rodrigo Bastias - 1 month ago


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