Louvre Museum

The world’s most visited museum boasts myriad artifacts and masterpieces from prehistory to modern-day.

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Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

1. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

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Louvre Museum: Tour

2. Louvre Museum: Tour

Get priority entry access to the Louvre Museum and be led by an expert guide on a carefully planned route designed to maximize your time and give you a greater insight into the museum’s top highlights. See the crown jewels of the French Monarchy, gaze back at Da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa, and feel the passion coming from Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. Listen as your guide brings the art to life on an informative walk through the vast galleries. Explore relics from ancient Egypt and marvel at the impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities including the legendary Venus de Milo and the celebrated Winged Victory of Samothrace. Discover timeless sculptures by Michelangelo and Canova, Neoclassical paintings by Jacques-Louis David, and iconic works from the French Romanticism period like The Raft of the Medusa. After the guided tour, spend as much time as you like exploring the museum’s 380,000 objects on display and come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the Louvre’s treasures.

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Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

3. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with this skip-the-line entry ticket. Discover the palace and the museum's collections with the audioguide on the new Nintendo 3DS system. The routes, available in 9 languages, will give you the keys to understanding the history behind the collections. See unmissable and iconic sights such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover masterpieces of the Renaissance and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries, prints from the Royal Collection, and much more. Stroll through 8 curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings. Note that 'Pass Education' holders, people under 18, and EU residents under 26 get free entry with valid ID.

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Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

4. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with a timed-entrance ticket, ensuring you get in within 30 minutes. See unmissable and iconic artwork such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover Renaissance masterpieces and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries. The museum first opened on August 10, 1793, exhibiting just 537 paintings. Despite closing in 1796 due to structural problems, it reopened in 1801 as the Musée Napoléon with a larger collection.  The collection has since gained 20,000 works. Now, there are 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

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A Day in Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and 1-hour Cruise

5. A Day in Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and 1-hour Cruise

Get the keys to the city of Paris with a combined ticket for the Louvre Museum and a river cruise. Save time with one handy combo that allows you to say goodbye to the long lines. Marvel at works of art, from Ancient Egypt to the Renaissance, walking at your own pace. Then, relax on a 1-hour river cruise, and see the city from a different angle. Watch the world go by from the comfort of a pleasure cruise boat, departing from the Eiffel Tower every day. The river cruise ticket is valid for any day during the next six months; it runs approximately every 30 minutes, 7 days a week, departing from the Eiffel Tower

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Paris: Louvre Timed Ticket with Audio Guide and Seine Cruise

6. Paris: Louvre Timed Ticket with Audio Guide and Seine Cruise

Step inside the Louvre, home to renowned works of art, including the Mona Lisa. Benefit from timed-entrance tickets and lose yourself in the famous halls with your audio guide. Later, take a sightseeing cruise along the Seine. Admire all the treasures the Louvre has to offer with your map and audio guide, and a separate audio guide available for kids. Learn the stories and meanings behind famous masterpieces, including the Venus de Milo, the Coronation of Napoleon I, and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Once the commentary is over, return your devices and feel free to explore the museum a little longer. Embark on a sightseeing cruise along the Seine whenever you like during your stay for the best views of the French capital.

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Paris: Eiffel Tower Visit with Summit, Louvre, and Cruise

7. Paris: Eiffel Tower Visit with Summit, Louvre, and Cruise

Enjoy the adventure of triple sightseeing in Paris. Meet your guide at the departure point to pick up your Eiffel Tower ticket. Go up the famous tower with the guide. Hear great stories from your guide until you reach the second floor. After your guided tour, ascend all the way up to the summit and marvel at the fascinating view of the city. Head out for your river cruise ride for 1 hour on the city's romantic Seine. See the best parts of the City of Light from the tranquil water, and enjoy great tidbits from your audioguide. Visit the world-famous Louvre Museum. With your entrance ticket, head into this maze of art and culture in the center of the city. See whether Mona Lisa is smiling, marvel at amazing paintings, and walk among sculptures.

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The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

8. The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

The Paris Pass is an all-inclusive sightseeing package and your key to the city of Paris. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 75 top attractions, a 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass giving you access to many of the cities museums and landmarks, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay. You will also get skip-the-ticket-line entrance to many of the sights, saving you time at attractions such as the Centre Pompidou, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and more. Head out to the Palace of Versailles, or take a Bateaux River Cruise to see the city from the River Seine. The Paris Pass offers access to over 75 attractions and tours including: Top Attractions and Activities: • Eiffel Tower Elevator Guided Tour (2nd floor) Guided Tours and Experiences: • Ballon de Paris Generali • Parc Asterix Theme Park Ticket Top Attractions and Activities: • Musée du Louvre• Musee d'Orsay• Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art• Espace Dali • Big Bus – 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise• Wine Tasting - Les Caves du Louvre• Tour Montparnasse • Arc du Triomphe• Picasso Museum• Musee Grevin, Wax museum• Châteaux de Versailles • Flyview Package Paris Liberty Walking Tours: • Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais – Walking tour• Walking tour along the Seine• Walking Tour in the Parisian Covered Passages• Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise - Walking Tour• Stade de France tour Galleries:• Musée Rodin • Musée National de l'Orangerie • Musée national des Arts asiatiques  Places of Interest: • Petit Train de Montmartre • Rex Studio• Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story • Musée des Égouts de Paris • Musée du Parfum Fragonard Tour• Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette • BAPBAP Brewery Taproom Experience Beer tasting and gifts Historic Buildings:   • Panthéon• Conciergerie  • Chapelle expiatoire • Château de Rambouillet • Château de Vincennes• Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne • Château de Pierrefonds • Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon • Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly • Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne • Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau• Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis• Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André • Sainte Chapelle • Château de Maisons-Laffitte• Villa Savoye• Château de Fontainebleau  Museums: • Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er • La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma • Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois • Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme • Musée de la Musique - La Villette • Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation • Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace • Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye • Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe • Musée des Arts décoratifs • Musée des Arts et Métiers • Musée des Plans-reliefs • Musee du quai Branly • Musée Gustave Moreau • Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres • Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen • Musée national du Moyen Age - Themes de Cluny • Musée national Eugène Delacroix • Musée Nissim de Camondo The Paris Pass is fully digital and is accessible to download to your mobile device straight away, together with the digital guide. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and as such must be collected in a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included on the digital guide.

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Paris: Louvre Museum Entry Ticket with Guidance to Mona Lisa

9. Paris: Louvre Museum Entry Ticket with Guidance to Mona Lisa

Make your way to the Louvre Museum to meet a member of staff at the designated meeting point. Then, get escorted to a priority entrance for quicker access. Your escort will accompany you in a group, and then take you directly to the Mona Lisa. Get important information about the Louvre Museum that will help your visit as you make your way to Da Vinci's legendary portrait painting. Upon arrival, admire the mystery of the masterpiece and bid farewell to your escort. You are now free to explore the museum at your own pace to look at the thousands of other works of art at your complete leisure.

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Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

10. Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

Enjoy priority skip-the-line access to over 60 museums and monuments in and around the city of Paris including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou. The Pass is available for 2, 4, or 6 days with the pick-up point conveniently located a mere 10-minute walk from the Louvre. Benefits of the pass include free admission to many attractions, sights, and museums. In Paris: Musée de l’Armée Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Centre Pompidou Musée national d’Art modern Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet Les Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et métiers Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris Musée du quai Branly Musée Picasso Paris Chapelle expiatoire La Cinémathèque française Musée du Cinéma Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Conciergerie Musée national Eugène Delacroix Musée des Égouts de Paris Musée du Louvre - Musée national de la Marine Musée de la Monnaie Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Musée national des Monuments français Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Cité de la Musique, Musée de la Musique Crypte archéologique de Notre-Dame Tours de Notre-Dame Musée national de l’Orangerie Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération Musée d’Orsay Panthéon Musée des Plans-reliefs Musée de la Poste Musée Rodin Sainte-Chapelle Outside Paris: Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Musée d’Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée national de la Céramique de Sèvres Abbaye royale de Chaalis Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly Musée départemental Maurice Denis Château de Fontainebleau Château de Maisons-Laffitte Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau Château de Pierrefonds Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs Château de Rambouillet Musée national de la Renaissance Château d’Ecouen Maison d’Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis Villa Savoye Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon Château de Vincennes

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Planning Your Visit

  • Avoid the queues

    The queues to the Louvre can be daunting. The main entrance, through the Louvre Pyramid, is always the most crowded. An insider tip is using the entrance located in the underground shopping center, Carrousel du Louvre, where you can buy your ticket and pass the security checks free of hassle. If you want to experience the Pyramid, you can always do so on your way out.

  • Give yourself plenty of time

    The museum is gigantic, so it’s essential to make sure you have enough time to see everything you want. The museum is open from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM on most days, and until 9:45 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays. Arrive early, grab one of the free maps at the ticket purchase area, and take some time to plan your visit – it’s worth it!

  • Watch out for Tuesdays!

    Together with a number of Paris’ museums, the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Take this opportunity to visit other sights such as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe and come back on another day!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
    Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 AM-9:45 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Ticket prices start at just €12 for access to the permanent collections.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide can definitely help. There are several options for audio guides and small-group tours available!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro on line 1 to the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station. The Paris Open Tour bus also stops at the Pyramid.
  • Additional information
    * The rooms begin to close 30 minutes before the museum's closing time.
    * From October to March, access to the permanent collections is free on the first Sunday of each month!
    * On French public holidays, the museum may have shorter hours, or may be closed entirely.

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What people are saying about Louvre Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 26,287 reviews

Very informative, a definite must to truly enjoy the museum visit. Louvre is massive and so many wonderful treasures is overwhelming. Our guide help is navigate the museum to the most important works of art plus share the history of the slouch itself. Our twin fourteen year old daughters found the two hour tour just the right amount of time and information

Excellent guide and made a very good overview of the key pieces of the museum, highly recommended.

It was an amazing experience, the tickets we bought online were great, no lines and no aiting.

It was so magnificent, amazing and satisfied to see some of the artworks.

This is an excellent tour to get started on the Louvre