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.... the fastest way to the Mona Lisa
You might love the Pyramid in the front courtyard of the Louvre, but using it as an entrance is terrible. Get to the Louvre a little while before they open: 15 minutes queuing then could save you an hour queuing later in the morning! Late afternoon is also a good time to avoid the queues.
Instead, enter via Porte des Lions which is the fastest way to the Mona Lisa, the portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. If you are late you cannot get a good look because of the large crowd gawking and flashing cameras. It is unknown how King François acquired the painting for his collection and the Louvre resp.
Thirty-five-thousand Works of Art in eight curatorial departments you cannot explore, from this reason I always try to be selective and concentrate on famous works or my favourites only, such as the marble statue of the Winged Nike of Samotrace on the Daru staircase or Venus de Milo in the Room7 of the Greek Antiquities. La Gioconda by Leonardo is one of my favourite of course.
Plan a minimum half-day, ideally exciting to see the illuminated Pyramid at night, in the background with the grand old building.
By the way, the Pyramid is already the focus of mythical speculation after author Dan Brown in his famous fiction says, the pyramid was built out of exactly 666 glass panels. A strange fact, with which the lover of the conspiracy theories dealt far and wide, because the 666 is the number of the Satan.
You will find everything about the entire museum to be magnificent. A gorgeous place in every way. Visit the museum's Web site for admission, hours and all event information.
Address: Musée du Louvre, 75008
Directions: Métro: Palais-Royal or Musée du Louvre
Phone: 33 1 40 20 53 17
Then and Now
Musée d'Orsay is the second most-visited museum in Paris; its main attraction on the third floor is the Impressionism. If you like Monet or van Gogh, Musee D'Orsay is a great place to go. Here are also masterpieces by artists, such as Degas, Renoir, Rousseau, Cézanne, Sisley, Signac, Seurat and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Originally the building was a train station built for the World Exhibition of Paris in 1900, but was already closed in the 1930s. The reconstruction saved its excellent architecture and the formerly Gare d'Orsay after its closing as station was reopened as Musée d’Orsay in the late 1980s. The huge spaces, and the light create an exceptionally interesting scene for the works of art.
The ground level is mainly of the sculptures. On the second floor you may look at many interesting furniture and interior. There is even a ballroom here, with sculptures, many mirrors, ornate chandeliers.
Keep your entrance ticket because in the week following the date on it you get reduced entrance fee into the Gustave Moreau National Museum and the Paris National Opera.
Visit the museum's Web site for updated admission fee, opening hours and all new event information.
Open: 9.30am to 6pm. 9.30am to 9.45pm on Thursdays
Closed on mondays
Admission fee: €9.50, under18 free, first Sunday of months for everybody free
Address: 62 rue de Lille, 75007
Directions: Located on the Left Bank. Access Entrance A
Métro Solférino: Assemblée Nationale or RER C: Musée d'Orsay
Phone: 33 1 40494814
Entrance - Rodin Museum
Auguste Rodin was one of the greatest representatives of modern sculpture. On the end of his life, Rodin donates his full property - along with paintings by van Gogh and Renoir - to the French state with the condition that a constant museum should be established for his sculptures.
The museum was opened in 1919 in the Hotel Biron, which was rented by the artist until he died in 1917. Many of Rodin's famous works are in this museum, "Le Penseur", "le Baiser," "la Porte D'Enfers". Smaller works are displayed in glass cases, and here are on display Rodin's private collection of antique sculptures too.
In the museum there is also a room for the works of Camille Claudel, who was Muse, model, but primarily real colleague of Rodin. The movie of her life starring Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Depardieu was a big success.
Behind the house is a sculpture garden and most of the coolest sculptures are here outside.
The sculpture "Le Penseur" represented France on the art exhibition (The masterpieces of European art) arranged on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
Admission: full rate € 6,00, students € 4,00
Open: 10am - 5:45pm in Summer and 10am - 5pm in Winter,
Garden only: € 1,00
On Sunday, admission fees are halved.
Address: 77, rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
Directions: East of the Boulevard des Invalides
Metro (line 13): Varenne, half a block from the museum
Phone: 33 (0)1 40 13 49 13
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