Why You Shouldn't Miss the Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum is the biggest art museum in the world and also the second most visited. What makes The Louvre special is that it not only aims at collecting and exhibiting some of the most iconic and important works of art in our history, but it has managed to do so across cultures, civilizations and our existence timeline. From Egyptian artifacts that are 4,000 years old to modern works of art from Oriental artists, the Louvre has been the honorary arbiter of our artistic heritage.
There are over 380,000 exhibits (with 35,000 currently on display) in the Louvre Museum. These are spread over 8 curatorial departments - Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Islamic Art; Decorative Arts; Sculpture; Paintings; Drawings and Prints. As you gaze at these works of art, you aren’t just looking at paintings but emblems of our history. Going through the galleries of The Louvre is an experience that everyone must experience once in their lifetime.
For additional tips on how to plan your time inside the Louvre, refer to our Louvre Museum tours and tickets collection.
Your tickets to the Louvre Museum are perfect as they combine the benefits of a fluid redemption process, priority access and a flexibility that allows you to visit the Louvre anytime you like for up to a year from the date of purchase.
As soon as you book your tickets, you will receive an email voucher confirming your Louvre tickets. On the day you would like to visit the museum, simply head to the redemption center (refer to the "My Tickets" section below) that is located across the street from the Louvre and display your voucher to receive your priority access tickets. Once you have the ticket, make your way to the to the entrance and head straight to the security check. A detailed look into the Louvre's entrances can be found in the image below. You will be able to bypass the arduous queue and after a brief security check that is mandatory for every visitor, you are free to roam the halls of the Louvre.
If you wish to explore the Louvre Museum on a guided tour or save money with a combo experience, then refer to our Louvre Museum tours and tickets collection.
Know Before You Go
The Louvre Museum is open every day, except on Tuesday and holidays such as Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and International Workers Day (May 1). On Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; the museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Wednesday and Friday, the museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
The closest metro station to the museum and the one where our ticket redemption centre is located is the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station on Line 1. If you’re travelling to the museum by bus, buses 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 stop at the Pyramid.
Louvre Museum Entrances
• The Louvre has 3 entrances which individual ticket holders can use to enter the museum.
• The closest entrance to the ticket redemption center is the Richelieu Passage entrance.
• The second entrance is the Carrousel du Louvre entrance, an underground shopping mall that leads to the Louvre. Its access is next to Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
• To use the third and the main entrance, the Pyramid entrance, head to the pyramid and look for the sign “avec billet” that means “with tickets” to the left of the normal line. After a brief security check, you will be able to enter the Louvre Museum.
Super Flexible Cancellation Policy
Tickets to the Louvre Museum can be cancelled up to 6 hours before your scheduled time.
How to Redeem your Tickets
You will receive an email with your Louvre Museum voucher. No need to print. Display your mobile voucher at the redemption center located at a 2 minutes walk from the Louvre Museum.
Ticket Redemption Center
Newsstand at Marionnaud 1 Place du Palais Royal, 75001, Paris.
How to Find
The redemption center is located at one of the exits of the Palais Royal Musee du Louvre metro station. Look for a green newsstand near the Metro sign, next to Brasserie du Louvre.
It is located next to Brasserie du Louvre at the junction of Rue de Rivoli and Place du Palais Royal.
The ticket is valid for up to a year from the date of your purchase.
Note: If you are visiting on a Sunday, then the redemption centre is located at 162 Rue de Rivoli, located next to the Bureau de Change.
Tips For Exploring The Louvre
- Trust us when we say that a map will save you a lot of time and trouble. Keep this Louvre floor plan handy as it's easy to get lost in Louvre's galleries.
- If you are not going with a guided tour the next best thing to do is follow the number of carefully curated thematic trails that you can follow in the Louvre.
- Wednesday and Friday are the best days to visit the museum as it stays open till longer and you can linger about the museum in peace as the crowds lessen considerably during the closing hours (9:45 p.m).
- Try going either early in the morning or around 3 p.m. in the afternoon. You’ll never have the Louvre Museum all to yourself, but mornings and evenings will be the least crowded hours of the day.
- The Pyramid entrance sees the most footfall, with the queue snaking and winding for hours. On the other hand, the Passage Richelieu and Galerie du Carrousel entrances are relatively less crowded and are your best bet to enter the museum without wasting precious hours.
- Wear comfortable shoes and carry water as there is going to be a lot of walking. You can also borrow walking sticks and foldable fabric chairs from the museum centre free of cost.