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

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

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Louvre Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating I went to visit the Louvre in a small group guided tour during my trip to Paris. It was almost overwhelming how much there is to see. I can barely put it into words what the experience is like, you really have to see it for yourself. It is simply incredible, so much history and beauty in one place...just amazing. I am an arts and history junkie, so I almost died when I saw the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa and Napoleon's private apartments (to name a few). My guide was wonderful, she knew her stuff(!!!), and she knew it in French, English and Spanish! I absolutely recommend visiting the Louvre if you are in Paris. Wear some really good walking shoes, and if you can afford it, go in a small group guided tour. If you have guide, make sure you tip your guide well because they do a fantastic job, and as you go in, reconcile yourself with understanding that there is no way you can see the entire Louvre in one day.

T. L. Williams - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the best journeys in Paris. The auto guide is strongly recommended. It could locate your position and lead you to the exhibition you choose. Beside introducing the exhibitions you selected, it also gives information about the buildings. It’s really worth it. And student under 26 could get in the museum without paying money for ticket.

周高高 - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating I was awestruck by the sculptures arranged in the courtyards; and the rest of the art- pure, functional and historic- were frosting on the cake. I walked through the place in wonder that this is on display to be enjoyed by the common people, and that there is even a level of trust that allows intimacy for the visitor. And the Louvre is handicap accessible. And there are affordable on-site restaurant options. If you enjoy art and are in Paris, it's a must see.

Dennis Smith - 14 days ago

4 Star Rating I have always wanted to visit it...and I did, at last! In short, it is amazing! Multiple cultural and historical masterpieces are stored here. The museum building, interior decoration and stuffs are very nice and help full. But It would have been nice if they start children entry restrictions in the rooms, containing naked sculptures and paintings. Otherwise everything is fine, one must pay a visit to it. Entry ticket price is 15€. They have discounts for disabled persons and below 18s.

Sumaeya Uddin - 27 days ago

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