"Louvre" Louvre Tip by Dabs

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      I.M. Pei's glass pyramid
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Last visit May 2016

Although my favorite art museum in Paris (and perhaps the world) is the Musee d'Orsay, a visit to the Louvre, even for a short bit, is a must see in Paris. The Louvre is a very, very large place and it is quite useful to sit down with the map and figure out where you are going. The massive building now housing the art collection was a palace from the time of Francois I, it ceased being a palace during the French Revolution. Napoleon took it back from the people and restored it to being a palace, he married his 2nd wife Marie-Louise here. Be sure to find David's Coronation of Napoleon should you have an interest in French history as well as Napoleon III's apartments.

If your time is short or you have an uninterested non art lover with you, you can make a quick visit to see the must see's, DaVinci's Mona Lisa (good luck getting near to it if it's busy), Venus de Milo, Winged Victory and Michelangelo's Slaves. If your interests are more varied, you'll find Egyptian, Greek, Oriental, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Italian renaissance paintings, European and French paintings. If impressionist art is your passion, that collection is at the Orsay. If you have several days in Paris and you have a Museum Pass, you might consider making several smaller visits to avoid museum overload.

The Louvre is included on the museum pass, the pass says that there is a special entrance in the Richlieu passageway for card holders, however, the last two times that I've visited, there has been a separate line for pass holders that cuts the queue going through I.M. Pei's glass pyramid. Both times was on a late night, from the website it looks like the Passage Richelieu entrance is only open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Check the website below for current information on opening times, etc. Currently the Louvre is open late on Wednesday and Friday until 9:45pm, closed on Tuesday and free on the 1st Sunday of the month and July 14th (Bastille Day). I was pleasantly surprised to read that on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., admission to the permanent collections is free for under-26s regardless of nationality, usually it is free for under 18 unless you are a resident of the EU which is under 26.

Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75058
Directions: Closest metro: Palais-Royal?Musée du Louvre station
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Website: http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home_flash.jsp?bmLocale=en

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Last time we didn't even have passes, just one-day advance tickets that we had bought the night before, but we got in very quickly through the Passage Richelieu entrance.


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