Louvre Museum

The world’s most visited museum boasts myriad artifacts and masterpieces from prehistory to modern-day.

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Greatest treasures in the Louvre

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)

    1. 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.)

    2. “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.

  • Michelangelo’s “The Rebellious Slave” (1513)

    3. 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.

  • “The Seated Scribe” (ca. 2600 B.C.)

    4. “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)

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • Avoid 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

    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 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM on most days, and until 9:45 PM 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 should I visit?
    Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
    Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 AM-9:45 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information
    * 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 23,519 reviews

We had an excellent tour of the Lourve highlights with our tour guide, Merve. Due to travel restrictions, we were the only ones on the tour and were lucky enough to spend very little time lining up to enter the museum or to view the Mona Lisa. Merve was an excellent guide, she was very knowledgeable not only about the history of the museum but also on the exhibits. She gave us quite alot of interesting information and also pointed out other interesting artefacts, paintings and sculptures that she thought we might enjoy.

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This highlights tour was great for our family because it provided each of us the opportunity to enjoy our preferred styles of art and to appreciate the history behind each piece. The tour guide Marvis, was fun, knowledgeable, and very nice. We really enjoyed our time at the Louvre.

Our guide Vic was great! She was very knowledgeable, great personality and made learning the different histories of Paris fun! We loved this tour because it was a different experience from the traditional sites. We walked a lot, but we were having so much fun we didn’t mind that.

Overall perfect experience. The guide was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. She took great care to make sure we had the best possible experience. Even showing us a few extra pieces after the tour had finished.