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The Louvre’s 5 Most Famous Artworks

The Louvre in Paris is the world’s most visited museum. Its legendary collection boasts more than 35,000 paintings, sculptures and artifacts dating from prehistory to the modern day. The masterpieces are myriad, but these 5 are the crème de la crème.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” (1503-1506)

Possibly the most famous painting in the world, Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is synonymous with the Louvre. Her enigmatic smile and inescapable gaze draws millions to Paris every year.

“Venus De Milo” (ca. 130-100 B.C.)

Wonderfully maintained over two millennia, this statue of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, is one of the most iconic specimens of ancient Greek sculpture.

Photo: @Rodney flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Michelangelo’s “The Rebellious Slave” (1513)

This 2.15-meter-high statue of a slave struggling against his fetters is one of Michelangelo’s greatest achievements and a sublime demonstration of sculpture’s dynamic potential.

Photo: Ivo Jansch @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“The Seated Scribe” (ca. 2600 B.C.)

Dating back to the days of the Pharaohs, this exquisite painted limestone sculpture is the most renowned piece in the Louvre’s exceptional collection of Egyptian antiquities.

The Louvre Pyramid, designed by I.M. Pei (1989)

Highly controversial upon its construction, the Louvre Pyramid is now one of Paris’ cultural treasures. The glass pyramid’s spectacular nighttime illumination is not to be missed.

Louvre Museum: Our Tips

Avoiding the queues

The queues to the Louvre can be daunting. The main entrance, through the Louvre Pyramid, is always the most crowded. An insider tip is using the entrance located in the underground shopping center, Carrousel du Louvre, where you can buy your ticket and pass the security checks free of hassle. If you want to experience the Pyramid, you can always do so on your way out.

Give yourself plenty of time and come prepared

The museum is gigantic, so it’s essential to make sure you have enough time to see everything you want. The museum is open from 9:00AM until 6:00PM on most days, and until 9:45PM on Wednesdays and Fridays. Arrive early, grab one of the free maps at the ticket purchase area, and take some time to plan your visit – it’s worth it!

Watch out for Tuesdays!

Together with a number of Paris’ museums, the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Take this opportunity to visit other sights such as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe and come back on another day!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    The Louvre is open from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, except on Wednesdays and Fridays when it remains open until 9:45PM. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.
  • What is the price?
    Ticket prices start at just 12€ for access to the permanent collections.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide can definitely help. There are several options for audio guides and small-group tours available!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro on line 1 to the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station. The Paris Open Tour bus also stops at the Pyramid.
  • Additional tips
    * The rooms begin to close 30 minutes before the museum's closing time. * From October to March, access to the permanent collections is free on the first Sunday of each month! * On French public holidays, the museum may have shorter hours, or may be closed entirely.

What People Are Saying About Louvre Museum

So worth the money. It was great to get to go right up.

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Paris: Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower and Summit Access Reviewed by Jacqueline, 10/25/2016

Completely different city at night Louvre & Eiffel beautiful a must do

Loved this well worth the money our driver had such a passion for his city he could of talked all night about it it was certainly a labour of love for him. Learnt loads, seen places we hadn't managed to ,seen how different it was at night and most of it was an experience being in the 2CV around the streets of Paris.
Paris: Illuminations in a Vintage Citroen 2CV Reviewed by Justin, 10/25/2016

Everything went good, we were able to get in fast

Guide provided us with brief history of the museum and then we went in through the different line which was a nothing in comparison with the main line, so I would totally recommend this service to all travelels.
Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket with Host Reviewed by Rustam, 10/25/2016

Great safe way to get to all the attractions in the city.

We got the 3 day ticket and would recommend this if you have the time. Sometimes the traffic is heavy in the city centre so it takes a while to get to attractions. This would be the same in a car or taxi though. We got the subway sometimes also but definitely felt safer on the tour bus.
Paris: 1, 2, or 3-Day Hop-on Hop-off Ticket Reviewed by Lorraine, 10/24/2016

The tour is amazing, and a must do in paris

I would recommend doing this at nighttime when everything is lit up, the view is second to none and will always remember this cruise. Definitely a must do
Paris Illuminations 1-Hour Night Cruise Reviewed by colin, 10/24/2016

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