"A shortcut to La Joconde - Mona Lisa." Top 5 Page for this destination Louvre Tip by breughel
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If you enter Le Louvre by the Pyramide you will have to follow a long and slow way to reach La Joconde - Mona Lisa in Wing Denon, 1st floor, room 6, because the stairs passing by the Samothrace Victory statue are usually crowded with visitors.
Best, if you are short in time, is to use the entrance of the Porte des Lions located at the end of the Denon wing near the Seine with the Pont Royal and the Quai des Tuileries.
I have used that entrance since 2008 and never met queues.
The problem is that THIS ENTRANCE WITHOUT QUEUS WAS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS BUT NOW SINCE BEGIN 2013 ALSO ON WEDNESDAYS!
That means that presently one can use this entrance only on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Before the opening hours were from 9 to 17.30 h but now the museum mentions "Opening hours: please contact us at +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17" what is very strange! I would suggest being there well before 17.00 h as on those days the museum closes at 18 h.
Tickets (11 €) can be bought at the desk or from a machine.
This entrance of the Porte des Lions opens on the department of African Arts. There is no connection by the Ground floor to the other part of the Denon wing.
By taking the stair case or elevator the visitors reach the 1st floor with the rooms on Spanish paintings and then the Grande Galerie (Italian paintings) with on the left room 6 and the "Joconde".
Entering by the Porte des Lions at 9 h will allow you to admire Mona Lisa at close distance. Just have a look at my photos showing no crowd at 9.20 h and the crowd at 11 h.
Address: Palais du Louvre - Entrée de la Porte des Lions
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
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