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

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 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating The best museum I have seen till date. It's very huge with Mona Lisa being the main attraction. People flock towards Mona Lisa and leave for other attractions. The night view of the pyramid architecture is great

Ramakrishna V - 1 day ago

4 Star Rating + HUGE museum + Getting lost easily (could do the mapping better) + Lots of art + Good services + Get the e-ticket + Don't enter via main gate; more entrees available! - HUGE and too much art - Too little English descriptions (probably had to get an audio guide) Verdict: if you are an art fan, you can be here for the entire day. If you appreciate art, you are good for few hours checking out the most famous and impressive ones. The others you will walk by (too much). Getting e-ticket in advance is recommended; enter via small entrees (not main entree)

James Cheung - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating This museum needs no introduction. It is probably one of the most famous museums in the world. Needs more than 6 months to be completely covered.... So better choose a section to visit. My favourite sections are the Italian and Egyptian ones.. You definitely need to see the Mona Lisa if you are here but over that you need to see the faces of the people watching the Mona Lisa! ;) I have visited this museum 5 times now and I am enthralled by its dimensions and art even today. The entrance queues can get dangerously long on the first Sunday of every month when the entrance is free. The pyramid area is just majestic to sit and witness in the night when the entire campus shines like gold.

SACHIT VARMA - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating Love this museum. A paradise for art lovers. I have been there a few times and never been through it all yet. There's always something new to discover. It's one of the biggest museums in the world and a historical site to boot. You don't have to go see Mona Lisa, there are plenty of hidden gems hidden throughout. For your first time, I suggest visiting the Louvre's website to plan your visit.

Marina Beniaminov - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating Without the doubt the largest museum in France! Be prepared to walk plenty and spend at least 3 hours in there (without the audio guide). You may choose to buy ticket online to avoid the long line at the entrance (but buy several days in advance to get the admission time you like). By the way, the entrance to the museum is under the famous glass pyramid.

Tso Chen - 1 month ago

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