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What you'll do
A trip to Paris is incomplete without a visit to the world-famous Mona Lisa, Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and Venus de Milo at the iconic Louvre Museum.
Enjoy the Louvre Museum with The Paris Pass®
- You can visit this attraction with the digital Paris Museum Pass. Please download it before you visit!
- Please note entry slots to this attraction are extremely limited during the summer months. We advise checking the Louvre booking website on a regular basis - The Louvre does release extra slots throughout the season, including same-day slots.
- Enjoy awe-inspiring, world-famous artworks like the Mona Lisa and marvel at glorious sculptures including Venus de Milo
The Louvre Museum is unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world. Home to hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, the Louvre is the icing on the cake of French culture and a testament to European art history – it’s not surprising that it’s also the most visited art gallery in the world!
Snagging Your Louvre Museum Tickets
So, you're ready to explore the world of art, history, and culture? That's where Louvre Museum tickets with the The Paris Pass® come in. With these tickets, you get a golden opportunity to dive deep into the rich tapestry of human creativity. It's not just about viewing paintings; it's a journey that tells a thousand stories, plus you'll get access to 95+ of the top destinations in Paris for one low cost!
And if you love your museums, you don't want to miss some of the other popular museums and monument in Paris.
Musee d'Orsay - Housed in a former railway station, the Musee d'Orsay contains works by impressionist and post-impressionist masters like Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
Rodin Museum -Dedicated to the works of Auguste Rodin, the Rodin Museum displays many of the sculptor's most famous pieces like The Thinker and The Kiss in the Hotel Biron.
Musee Grevin (wax museum)- The Musee Grevin is a wax museum with over 200 wax figures of famous personalities and historical figures from French history.
Orangerie Museum- Located in the Tuileries Garden, the Orangerie Museum exhibits Monet's famous Water Lilies murals in oval rooms as the artist intended.
Palace of Versailles- Versailles Palace is an opulent symbol of French royal power and artistic grandeur from the 17th century.
Sainte-Chapelle- Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is renowned for its stunning Gothic architecture and exquisite stained glass windows.
Making the Most of Your Visit with The Louvre Tickets
Here's a little tip: plan your visit ahead. Why? Because this magical place is massive, and there's so much to see. So, go on, grab your tickets, and get ready for a memorable adventure in the heart of Paris!
Top tip: The Louvre can get very busy all day on Saturdays and mid-morning to early afternoon during the rest of the week. We recommend visiting on weekdays early morning or late afternoon to avoid the queues.
- Classic works of art from Mona Lisa to Venus de Milo
- Around 380,000 objects from pre-history to the 21st century with 35,000 works of art over 8 departments
- Fronts onto the gorgeous landscaped Tuileries Gardens
Did you know:
- The Louvre was originally built as a fortress in 1190, but later reconstructed to be a royal palace in the 16th century before the monarchy moved out to Château de Versailles
- The first ‘Louvre Museum’ opened in 1793, during the French Revolution, with a collection of only 537 paintings
- Napoléon decided to rename the Louvre Musée Napoléon under his reign and increased the collection (although after his defeat, many pieces were returned to their owners!)
- Since being stolen in 1911, the famous – and enigmatic – Mona Lisa portrait is framed and covered with bulletproof glass and protected by guards at all times (don’t worry, it was returned in 1913)
From 4000 BC to the 4th century the Egyptian Antiquities department is well worth a visit for its huge span of artifacts from Ancient Egypt to the Byzantine era, and everything in between. Artifacts include the Large Sphinx, papyrus scrolls, mummies, jewels and clothing, among objects from the Middle Kingdom such as the statues of Amenemhatankh, Nephthys and Hathor.
Greek, Etruscan and Roman Department
The Greek, Etruscan and Roman collection dates from the Neolithic (New Stone Age) to the 6th century and the decline of the Roman Empire. As one of the oldest departments at the Louvre, it was initially curated by Francis I in the 16th century, who acquired marble statues such as that of Venus de Milo. Artifacts from the Durand collection were later acquired in the 19th century, such as the bronze Borghese Vase. You can also admire pieces from the Hellenistic Era and intricate Greek pottery.
With a collection of ancient sculptures to Medieval and Romanesque, admire works of Daniel in the Lion’s Den and the Virgin of Auvergne. The collection features works from the eras following the Greek, Etruscan and Roman Department up to 1850. Now, the department is split into two spaces: the French collection in the Richelieu wing and the foreign works in the Denon wing.
Spanning from the Middle Ages to 19th Century the Decorative Arts department was originally part of the royal property and artifacts transferred from the Basilica Saint-Denis, the burial ground of French monarchs. These included vases and bronzes, ceramics, enamels and stained glass. Now you can see Renaissance and Medieval artwork, jewelry and maiolicas and plush tapestries.
With over 7,500 works covering nearly 600 years, nearly two-thirds of the works on show are by French artists. Others include Italian paintings that date back to the collections of Francis I and Louis XIV; from the Napoleonic times and more recent purchases. Notable masterpieces include the Mona Lisa, which was procured by Francis I, Hyacinthe Rigaud's Louis XIV; Jacques-Louis David's The Coronation of Napoleon and Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.
5 Interesting Facts About the Louvre Museum
The Louvre has a collection of Napoleon's personal belongings: The museum has a collection of personal belongings that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte, including his throne, his sword, and his coronation robes. The collection is housed in the museum's Napoleon III apartments and can be visited as part of a guided tour.
The Louvre has a collection of erotic art: The museum has a collection of erotic art that is not on public display. The collection, which includes over 2,000 objects, is housed in a private storage area and is only accessible to researchers and scholars. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, and other objects from around the world that depict erotic themes.
The Louvre has a collection of Islamic carpets: The museum has a collection of over 600 Islamic carpets, making it one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. The collection includes carpets from across the Islamic world, including Iran, Turkey, and Central Asia.
The Louvre has a collection of musical instruments: The museum has a collection of over 5,000 musical instruments from around the world. The collection includes instruments from different cultures and time periods, including ancient Greek and Roman instruments, medieval instruments, and modern instruments.
The Louvre has a secret underground chamber: The museum has a secret underground chamber that is not open to the public. The chamber, known as the Salle des Bronzes, houses a collection of ancient Greek and Roman bronze sculptures.
Paris just has so much to see. Don't forget to swing by the Arc De Triomphe and enjoy the amazing viewing deck!
Know before you go
This attraction requires advanced booking.
You will need to show your Louvre reservation and your Paris Museum Pass upon entry to the museum.
While we strongly encourage you to book your spot, if you are unable to do so, The Louvre is occasionally able to offer walk-ins to those without reservations.
For the full list of attractions on the digital Paris Museum Pass, please visit our information page.
For more information visit the Louvre Museum website.
Louvre Museum FAQs
Q. What are the opening hours of the Louvre Museum?
A. The Louvre Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on most days, except for Tuesdays when it is closed. It is advisable to confirm the hours on the day you plan to visit.
Q. Can I take photographs inside the Louvre Museum?
A. Photography is allowed inside the Louvre Museum, except in certain designated areas and for specific artworks where photography is prohibited.
Q. Are there audio guides available for visitors at the Louvre Museum?
A. Yes, the Louvre Museum provides audio guides in multiple languages, allowing visitors to explore the museum's collection and learn about its history and significance.
Q. How much time should I allocate for a visit to the Louvre Museum?
A. To fully appreciate the Louvre Museum, it is recommended to allocate at least half a day or more, as the museum houses a vast collection that spans over 60,000 square meters.
Q. Are there dining options available inside the Louvre Museum?
A. Yes, the Louvre Museum offers several dining options, including cafes, restaurants, and snack bars, where visitors can take a break and enjoy a meal or refreshments.
Q. Are there guided tours available for visitors at the Louvre Museum?
A. Yes, the Louvre Museum provides guided tours led by knowledgeable experts who offer insights into the museum's artworks, architecture, and history, enhancing the visitor's experience.
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