A Day at the Louvre in France: How to Make the Most of Your Visit

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Last Updated September 27, 2022

The Musée du Louvre, located in Paris, France, is the most visited art museum in the world. Whether you’re there on vacation or planning a trip to Europe with an art-focused itinerary, it’s definitely worth spending some time exploring the many galleries filled with breathtaking art works such as The Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your time at the Louvre in Paris, whether you plan to spend just a few hours or all day there.

The Best Way To Visit

Start by visiting the Pyramid, it's one of the most iconic structures on display and a great way to orient yourself. Next, head up to the second floor and start your tour from there. Our recommendation is starting with Egyptian Antiquities, which houses some of the most famous pieces in all of art history, like the statue of Ramses II. After that, head upstairs again for another huge collection- Impressionist paintings.

What Time Should You Go?

The best time to visit the museum is on a weekday, when it is less crowded. To avoid long lines, it's also best to go during off-peak hours. You might want to visit between 10 am and noon or 2 pm and 4 pm. Lunchtime (noon - 2pm) can be crowded with school groups, but if you're lucky you might get a free tour!  Keep an eye out for the daily schedule which tells you what is open and closed that day. Some things will be open until 7pm while others close earlier. If there are two attractions that interest you, plan your trip around them!

Is It Worth Paying Extra For The Front Row?

If you have a specific work or artist that you want to see in particular, you should pay extra for the front row. There are long lines for some of the more popular paintings and rooms, so if you don't mind standing for about an hour and just looking around, then it's not worth spending extra. However, it is worth it if there is a painting or room that you really want to see.  The line can be as long as two hours, but sometimes people leave without getting their turn. The wait is worth it because it will give you a chance to explore the rest of the museum while waiting on your designated painting or room. 

At The Museum

The first thing visitors will see when they enter is a giant pyramid with the words Welcome written on it. The pyramid, created by I.M. Pei, is called Pyramid du Louvre. Visitors can take a guided tour of the museum, which includes many highlights such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The Louvre also offers something for all ages and interests. Visitors have the opportunity to look at art from cultures around the world, including Ancient Egyptian and Greek sculptures. Tourists may not know that some of their favorite artwork may be hidden in small rooms off of these main halls!

Post-Louvre – head over to Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur

Montmartre is a picturesque neighborhood that features an ever-changing array of street performers, artists, and other locals. It's also home to Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which dominates the Parisian skyline.  This beautiful white church is worth visiting even if you're not religious—it provides incredible views of the city below. If you have time, take a tour through the area. And if you're looking for some traditional French food, stop by Au Bon Crepé (there are two locations) for some authentic crepes.

 

The Louvre is an iconic museum and beloved by thousands of tourists throughout the world. You and your travel companions will be glad you spent a day there.

 

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