"Lourve tickets...avoid the queues" Louvre Tip by sourbugger
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Pei's Pyramid in the Lourve courtyard certainly works well in 'focussing' the main tourists mind to the main entrance to the enourmous art warehouse that is the Lourve : the consquence of this is often enormously long queues.
The more savvy traveller however get in through the Porte des Lions, in south-eastern wing of the Museum near the river. This is normally very quiet (though it is closed on Fridays). Arrive first thing and you'll have the best chance to see the Mona Lisa free of crowds.
You could also buy tickets in advance on the internet (www.louvre.fr) or by phone (0033 142 313228 - allow at least two weeks for postage). They are valid for entry on any day and allow admission without queuing at the special entrance in the passage Richelieu (between the Place du Palais Royal and the Cour Napoléon, or via the Carrousel du Louvre shopping area - access through 99 rue de Rivoli or the Carrousel garden). Go directly to the checkpoint at the entrance of the collections to show your ticket.
You can also buy advance tickets in several leading stores. Such as FNAC, Carrefour, Continent, Leclerc, Auchan, Extrapole, Le Bon Marché, Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, BHV, Virgin Mégastore.
I also believe there are some advance purchase machines in the shopping area. Simply use one of them and avoid the queues by taking your ticket to the pre-paid entrance - Voila !
Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75058
Directions: MÃ©tro: Palais Royal-MusÃ©e du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
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