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About the Louvre
The Louvre is the second largest museum in the world and also the second most visited museum in the after the Palace Museum in China. It was built as a fortress in the 12th century and later, during the French Revolution got converted into a museum. Interestingly, the Louvre was used as a storehouse for stolen art work during the Nazi regime.
The museum was officially opened on 10th August, 1793. It houses over 35,000 pieces of art and paintings along with 380,000 objects of art. The museum has 8 different departments under which the show pieces are stored. Most of these pieces have come by way of donations or were collected during several wars. The glass pyramid in the main court was added in the year 1989.
Even today, The Louvre witnesses a footfall of 15,000 visitors a day.
What to See at the Louvre
Following are the must see paintings, sculptures and pieces of art at the museum:
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa
Great Sphinx of Tanis
Venus de Milo
The Winged Victory of Samothrace
The Raft of the Medusa
There are a plethora of Louvre tours one can choose from. From Louvre guided tours and other skip the line variants, there is something for everyone. Below are some tours that we recommend:
Louvre Highlights Tour
This tour is recommended for all the art enthusiasts who wish to observe the masterpieces in limited time. Take a glimpse of the most popular and legendary pieces of art from the past. This tour can be customized as a Louvre private or semi-private tour depending upon your preference.
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Louvre Skip The Line Tour
Skip The Line tickets take you straight to the entrance gates, without any waiting. Take this Louvre fast pass and wait no more to look at your favorite artworks and paintings.
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The Louvre is easily accessible by metro, bus, car & the batobus.
Get down at the Palais-Royal-Musee du Louvre Station (Line 1). Paris Metro tickets are available for one day, multiple days and for single rides. Passengers can choose the pass type according to their preferences. These tickets can be purchased at the vending machines next to the metro stations.
Bus Lines: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 stop in front of the Louvre. Tickets can be bought once you have boarded the bus, however, it is advisable to purchase metro tickets or T+1 tickets since they are cheaper. Children under the age of 4 can travel for free.
If taking the Batobus get down at the Louvre stop, quai François Mitterrand. The tickets for the Batobus can be purchased online or from one of their 9 stops, 7 days a week.
The museum is open Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm & Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 am-9:45 pm, it remains shut on Tuesdays.
The museum gates close 30 minutes before closing time.
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