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What To Expect Inside Louvre Paris | A Detailed Guide

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The Louvre Palace, or simply, the Louvre is an iconic Parisian landmark, one frequented by almost 10 million visitors a year. Housed in part of a large palace in Paris, and tucked between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, the Louvre from the outside is a vision in itself. The iconic Louvre Pyramid in the main courtyard is another easily recognizable highlight, one that demands to be photographed when at the Louvre.

But a visit inside the Louvre Museum is a must. It is an attraction shrouded in history and mystery, and, of course, as you peruse past the perfectly-chiseled Venus de Milo or the exquisite painting of Mona Lisa, you might just fall in love a little bit. Dare to give it a try? Take a walk with us inside the Louvre Paris for a peek at what you’ll find!

Why You Must Go Inside the Louvre


Visit one of the world’s largest museums: With over 15,000 visitors a day, the Louvre is super popular. It is believed that you could spend 2/3rds of a year exploring the entirety of the Louvre: every one of the 550,000 works on display.

The Louvre is housed inside a palace: Ever heard of the Louvre Palace? Originally built as a fortress, it became the place to display the royal collection before it officially became a museum during the French Revolution. Why wouldn’t you want to take a stroll through a palace?

An endless sea of time periods: The number of time periods you’ll find in this one museum is mind-boggling: from the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Romans- you’ll see it all.

Home to world-renowned highlights: Be it the Venus de Milo- one of the world’s most famous greek sculptures, or Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the world’s most famous painting, rest assured you’ll be face-to-face with iconic artworks of our age.

Well-preserved, heavily-adorned interiors: Each artwork is placed perfectly and maintained in tip-top shape. A walk through the Louvre is exciting in itself: from the marvellous ceiling paintings to glorious sculptures, the Louvre falls nothing short of palatial!

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There are many different types of Louvre tickets available for purchase online. Here are our personal recommendations:

Skip The Line

Guided Tours

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Choosing The Right Louvre Entrance


The Louvre has 4 entrances: the Pyramid, Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, Carrousel du Louvre, and Porte de Richelieu. The main entrance to the museum is the Pyramid- and it is usually swarming with tourist crowds. The best way to enter the Louvre Museum is to enter using any of the other three entrances.

That said, don’t leave the Louvre without visiting the Pyramid. The best route involves entering using any of the other 3 entrances and exiting through the Pyramid. This way, you can avoid the crowds while taking pictures of the Pyramid: a win-win situation for all.

Learn more about the Louvre entrances here.

Route Guide Inside Louvre Paris


  • Louvre Masterpieces Route

  • Beyoncé & Jay Z Highlights

  • Journey Along The Nile


Certain artworks at the Louvre have survived the test of time and play a huge role in art history. Their influence runs across cultures and borders, are revered by experts, and admired by all. Take the Louvre Masterpieces route if you wish to explore the world's most iconic paintings, sculptures, art objects, and architectural elements.



1

The Caryatids

Sully Wing, Ground Floor, Room 348
Louvre Caryatids
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Take a stroll through the ancient artworks from the royal collections. Originally a ballroom designed by architect Pierre Lescot in a striking classical style, the Salle des Cariatides is a great place to start your tour.

2

The Venus de Milo

Sully Wing, Ground Floor, Room 346
Louvre venus de milo
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Walk straight between the red marble pillars until you reach Aphrodite, the Venus de Milo- one of Louvre's newcomer!

3

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

Denon Wing, First Floor, Room 703
Louvre winged victory
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Head towards the stairs, onto the 1st floor: you'll be greeted by a large winged figure: an uplifting sight!

4

Venus and the Three Graces

Denon Wing, First Floor, Room 706
Louvre winged victory
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Take a right from the Winged Victory, where you'll be greeted by the brilliance of Botticelli!

5

The Salon Carre

Denon Wing, First Floor, Room 708
Louvre The Salon Carre
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

From the Venus & Three Graces, head through the glass door. You are now in the Salon Carre- one of the Louvre's most embelamtic rooms.

6

The Grande Galerie

Denon Wing, First Floor, Room 710
Louvre The Grande Galerie
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Exit the Salon Carre through the wooden doors and find yourself in the Grande Galerie. The key attraction is the corridor-like gallery that runs alongside the Siene.

7

Mona Lisa

Denon Wing, First Floor, Room 710
Louvre Mona Lisa
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Take the first right into the room where the greatest attraction of the Louvre is housed: the portrait of Lisa Gherardini, otherwise known as the Mona Lisa.

8

The Raft of the Medusa

Denon Wing, First Floor, Room 700
Louvre The Raft of the Medusa
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Head into the next room and head into the long gallery on your left. Continue down the wall until you find the Raft of the Medusa, originally named 'Shipwreck Scene'.

9

The Rebellious & Dying Slaves

Denon Wing, Ground Floor, Room 403
Louvre The Rebellious & Dying Slaves
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Take the large staircase downstairs to level 0, and walk up to the 2 large male statues located in the center of the room. Gaze up at two of Michelangelo's stunning sculptures.

10

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss

Denon Wing, Ground Floor, Room 403
Louvre Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Take the large staircase downstairs to level 0, and walk up to the 2 large male statues located in the center of the room. Gaze up at two of Michelangelo's stunning sculptures.

11

Louvre Pyramid

Denon Wing, Ground Floor, Room 404
Louvre Pyramid
Image Courtesy: Louvre.fr

Take the spiral staircase on your left and continue straight to the pyramid: the Louvre's most photographed highlight (right after the Mona Lisa). Admire this transparent controversy to your heart's desire before taking a break.

Additional Louvre Highlights


Here are some other rooms you don't want to miss!

  • Room 705 – Denon Wing, First Floor - Apollo Gallery – This is the Louvre's best hall as it houses the precious Crown Jewels. The hall further contains paintings, tapestries, statues, frescoes, gilded embellishments, and a high-vaulted ceiling.
  • Room 133 – Sully Wing, Minus One Floor – The Pavilion de l’Horloge – It's time to head underground to the stone moat that served as the foundation for the ancient fortress. You'll find out the history of the Louvre: how it turned from a fortress to a medieval castle to a royal palace, and finally, the world-famous museum it is today.
  • Room 324 – Sully Wing, Ground Floor – The Temple – Find the colossal statue of the Ramses II here, which stands tall at 3 meters high. While you're at it, stroll through rooms 317 to 338 for a venture through Ancient Egypt.

Want to find out more about the must-see attractions at the Louvre? Explore our list of the must-sees at the Louvre Museum here.

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Inside Louvre: Practical Information


Timings

Wednesday - Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
The Louvre Museum is closed on Tuesdays and the following holidays: January 1, May 1, December 25.

Getting There

The Louvre Museum is situated in Paris’ 1st Arrondissement, on the right bank of the Seine. You have the following public transport options available to get to the museum:

Metro - The closest metro station to the museum, and the one where our ticket redemption center is located is the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station on Line 1.
Bus - 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95

Louvre: Insider Tips



  • Ages 17 and under, residents of the EU aged between 18 & 25, visitors with disabilities (and the person accompanying them), teachers of art & art history- all enjoy free admission into the Louvre!
  • The Louvre is always crowded, so you'll never have the museum all to yourself. However, early mornings, late evenings, or the lunch hours are your best shot to avoid massive crowds.
  • It is always advisable to buy your tickets is advance. If you wish to further curb your waiting time, buy skip-the-line tickets.
  • Use the Passage Richelieu and Galerie du Carrousel entrances to enter the museum, as these are less crowded than the main Pyramid entrance.
  • Keep in mind that the Louvre is massive: there is a lot of walking involved so make sure you wear comfortable footwear. Walking sticks and foldable chairs are available to borrow for free from the Museum Centre.
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