The Louvre

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Label : Must Visit

Tags : Museum

Timings : Wednesday - Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM .
Friday: 9 AM - 9:45 PM .
Tuesdays: Closed

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : Adult (Online): EUR 17
Adult (Offline): EUR 15
EU citizens till 26 Y: Free
Under 18 Y (With valid ID): Free

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The Louvre, Paris Overview

Elegant and lavish in style, the French museum of Louvre is a landmark monument in the city Paris which stands tall with the tag of world’s largest museum. It is housed in the Louvre Palace on the banks of the Seine and hosts impressive art collections including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The museum consists of departments of Egyptian antiques, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings. The Louvre has over 380,000 works in-store, but only a handful are on display in the exhibit section, with renowned artworks from Leonardo Da Vinci, Vermeer, Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Eugène Delacroix. Besides the artworks here, the glass pyramid which serves as the main entrance to the museum and the Inverted Pyramid built as a part of the Grand Louvre plan are the other star attractions of this place. The Carrousel and Tuileries Gardens are other historical sites here with an open-air sculpture museum, whose pathways lead to the Louvre.

Initially a royal residence, this museum has undergone great renovation and remodelling since the 18th century and now boasts of a world-class museum space with an underground shopping mall, the Carrousel du Louvre. The three wings in the Louvre are the Sully, Richelieu, and Denon wings at the eastern, northern and southern end. Also available here are the guided tours in the English language which can be booked either online or at the ticket area under the pyramid. The museum also hosts seasonal exhibitions on its premises.

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Timings for the Louvre

The daily timings of the Louvre are -

  • Wednesday - Monday: 9 AM to 6 PM 
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Friday: 9 AM - 9:45 PM

History of the Louvre

The Louver in 1910

Built formerly as a fortress in the 12th century, the Louvre Palace has undergone multiple renovations and witnessed numerous wars and revolutions, including the French Revolution. It first opened as a museum in August 1793 and was closed three years later due to problems with the architecture. The museum reopened again in 1801 and went further expansion in the reign of Napoleon. It was named Musée Napoléon for a short period of time.

Tips while visiting the Louvre

  • Make sure you have plenty of time on hand if you want to pay this museum a visit.

  • Buy tickets online if you want to avoid the rush.

How To Reach The Louvre

By Metro: Take the metro to the Louvre through Lines 1 and 7, and to the Pyramids via Line 14.

By Bus: Take the bus, the ones available are Bus number 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81 and 95 or use the Batobus services and get off at the Louvre stop.

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