The Largest Museum in the World: the Louvre

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Louvre Museum
Best time to visit
Thursdays and Fridays
Opening hours
Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun: 09:00 – 18:00. Wed, Fri: 09:00 – 21:45. Closed on Tuesdays.
  • One of the world’s most authoritative museums, the Louvre’s collection ranges from arts and crafts of ancient civilizations right up to the middle of the 19th century
  • The Mona LisaVenus de Milo and Winged Victory are the three marquee names, but there are 35,000 artistic treasures inside, so block out plenty of time in your day for your visit
  • Bypass the purchase line. Take your voucher to the newspaper kiosk in nearby Place du Palais Royal, and exchange it for a paper ticket. Then walk right in!

A Grand Old Dame of art museums, the Louvre’s collection ranges from Mesopotamian, Egyptian, and Greek antiquities to masterpieces by artists such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. With 35,000 artworks it’s a big and worthwhile commitment. NOTE: This ticket gets you skip the line access, but you must show your mobile voucher at a nearby newspaper stand (‘kiosk’) to receive an official paper ticket.

The Louvre is of the world’s largest and most authoritative museums. Its magnificent Classical silhouette is a familiar sight in the center of Paris. The collection focuses on two important eras in art history; Art and Craftwork from ancient civilizations (especially those that laid the foundation for Western art) and Western European Art from the Middle Ages to 1848 or so (later art can be found at the Musée d’Orsay).

This famous museum began as a palace, bearing the personal art collections of French kings. Art first went on display here under the initiative of the royal academy in 1725 but it wasn’t until 1793 – during the French Revolution – that it opened as a public art gallery (not a coincidence).

Before too long the museum’s already impressive collection was being bolstered by the spoils of Napoleon’s excursions around Europe. He transformed the Louvre’s art collection into the biggest in the world – though some of that ill-gotten booty has been returned, some of it remains to this day.

APP & AUDIO ASSISTANCE The scale of this museum can be overwhelming – the south side facing the Seine is 700m long. But downloading self-guided tours from the website, or picking up a €5 multimedia guide, will help you navigate this huge labyrinth of artistic treasures.

François I and Dutch Art (18 October 2017 – 15 January 2018)

François I loved his Italian, but he also had a thing for Dutch art. Learn about Northern influences from Antwerp, Brussels, Leiden and Haarlem via manuscript illuminations and religious paintings. See 20 panel works confirmed to be by Jean Clouet. Browse Flemish paintings, and don’t miss the section dedicated to the French Renaissance.

Ticket features
Smartphone tickets accepted
Skip The Line
What’s included
  • Local pickup of a paper Louvre ticket from the nearby newsstand
  • Access to the Museum’s permanent collection and all temporary exhibitions (subject to availability) for the whole day
  • You can enter, leave, and return to the museum as many times as you like over the course of the day
  • Cancellation
    Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date.

Maps Louvre Museum

Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, Francia