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"Another Must See" Musée du Louvre Tip by Donna_in_India

Musée du Louvre, Paris: 796 reviews and 1,585 photos

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No doubt the Louvre is huge. Plan ahead what you'd like to see in the time you have. Even if you have limited time, go to see the most famous works. We went on a Friday night (in April) when the museum was open until 10 p.m. We arrived a few minutes before 6 p.m., immediately bought our tickets and were inside within a couple of minutes. (If you are planning to go at another time, you may consider buying your tickets online or at one of the following stores: Virgin Megastore, Bon Marche, Printemps. You can also buy a museum pass to bypass the lines but you should make sure that you'll be going to enough of the places on the pass to make it worthwhile.)

The 3 most famous pieces of art in the museum are the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus De Milo. I was disappointed with the Mona Lisa. I guess it’s impossible to live up to the hype. The painting itself is fairly small – somehow I thought it would be “bigger”. It did have a really nice frame though. :-) And yes, her eyes really do seem to follow you.

One thing to do: Mind the signs about photography. If the sign says no flash, make sure you know how to turn the flash on your camera OFF. If the sign says NO PHOTOS, don't take photos.

The museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.

Opening hours:

- Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- closed on Tuesday


For the Permanent Collections €10

Additional charges for temporary exhibits, combined ticket available.

Admission to the permanent collection is free for all on the first Sunday of every month and on July 14 (national holiday).

Save time and buy tickets online at the Louvre website.

All visitor information was correct as of this update.

Address: Mo Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre

The following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus.

Batobus - Get off at the Louvre stop, quai François Mitterrand.

Phone: 33 1 40 20 50 50

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  • Updated Jun 2, 2011
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