Louvre – Entrance to the intricate flawlessness

The magnificent Louvre museum is a must see attraction in Paris. The Louvre museum facts are quite interesting where a baroque-style palace was converted into a museum after the French Monarch Louis XIV moved his residence to Palace of Versailles.

The study on Le Louvre facts states that it was originally built in 1190 as a fortress against possible attacks of Vikings from the North, the fortress became a palace and then to a museum during the French revolution.

The Louvre, Le Musée du Louvre in French is the first national French museum, established in 1793, which is in fact, the largest art museum in the world.

Louvre sits beside the banks of the Seine River in Paris, attracting around 9 million visitors a year.

Louvre museum is home to one of the finest art collections anywhere to be seen with over 38,000 public works at a time.

This sprawling museum stretches for almost half a mile (750 meters). It currently covers a total area 60,600 square meters for permanent collections. No matter how you see it, the Louvre undoubtedly is a masterpiece of masterpieces.  

The second you set eyes on the louvre you instantly recognise the timeless glass pyramid that has become one of the city’s most distinct symbols.

The museum has 3 wings namely Denon wing, Sully wing and Richelieu wing that spread across 5 levels.

The Louvre has a large collection of artefacts that are divided into eight departments, namely, Near Eastern Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings.

There is also a tactile gallery in the Louvre where you are encouraged to touch the sculptures. The original sculptures are replaced by plaster or resin casts and it is located on the lower ground floor in Denon wing.

The Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile is the most famous and infamous masterpiece that the Louvre has to offer. It was first hung by Napoleon I in his private chambers and is now well protected by bulletproof area, located at Denon wing first floor, room 6.  

The armless beauty of Venus de Milo (Aphrodite) is placed in room 16, on the ground floor, Denon Wing.

Seated Scribe is a famous antique that can be found in the Sully wing, room 22, 1st floor.                                                         

Da Vinci’s tragic sculpture the Code of Hammurabi is in the Mesopotamia area in room 3, ground floor of the Richelieu Wing.

The Raft of the Medusa by Géricault’s is in room 77, 1st floor, Richelieu Wing. Other works in this wing comprise of the French masterpieces.

The first floor of Richelieu Wing room 87 holds the Napoleon III apartments which are kind of interesting and inspirational.

One of the most celebrated Hellenistic sculpture, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, The Greek goddess of Victory is created around 2nd century BC is just opposite of room 1 in 1st floor in the Denon Wing.

The Denon wing of the Louvre Museum hosts many of the famous art treasures such as The Dying Slave by Michelangelo situated at Michelangelo Gallery, on the ground floor. Along with are some of the works of Raphael such as Botticelli and Titian.

To add to the fine details of art soak up the architectural elegance of interiors of Louvre especially the ornate ceilings that hold those beautiful sculptures and paintings that are simply amazing.

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  • The second you set eyes on the Louvre you instantly recognise the timeless glass pyramid that has become one of the city's most distinct symbols
  • The Louvre, Le Musée du Louvre in French is the first national French museum, established in 1793
  • Louvre sits beside the banks of the Seine River in Paris, attracting around 9 million visitors a year
  • This sprawling museum stretches for almost half a mile (750 meters)
  • The museum has 3 wings namely Denon wing, Sully wing and Richelieu wing that spread across 5 levels and 8 departments
  • The magnificent Louvre is a baroque-style palace converted into a museum during French Revolution
  • To add to the fine details of art soak up the architectural elegance of interiors of Louvre
  • At Louvre the ornate ceilings that hold those beautiful sculptures and paintings are simply amazing.
  • The Louvre has a large collection of artefacts from prehistoric Egyptian antiques, ancient Mediterranean sculptures, paintings and drawing to modern artwork
  • The Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile is the most famous and infamous masterpiece that the Louvre has to offer
  • One of the most celebrated Hellenistic sculpture, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, The Greek goddess of Victory is created around 2nd century BC
  • No matter how you see it, the Louvre undoubtedly is a masterpiece of masterpieces
  • Louvre is home for one of the finest art collections anywhere to be seen with over 38,000 public works at a time
  • At Louvre, precious artefacts include crown jewels, paintings, drawings, pastels, decorative arts from the middle ages, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Islamic art, etc
  • Anyone might find it overwhelming to be able to finish looking at the full spectrum of art through the ages in one go.
  • This unmissable museum is located at the heart of Paris

Category

Museum /Art gallery

Transport from Paris City Centre

Take the metro lines 1 and 7 to Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station, it leads to the museum through Passage Richelieu within the Louvre hours.

The following bus lines stop in the right at the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95. The Paris Open Tour bus stops in front of Galerie du Carousel entrance.

Planning to drive? You can instantly rent a car suited to your personal needs filtered by price, availability, time and pickup/dropoff locations, by major car service providers.

 

Carpark

There is an underground car park located on Avenue du Général Lemonnier. It is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Address

Musee du Lourve, 75058 Paris, France.

Phone no.

General Information – +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17, Standard – +33 (01)1 40 20 50 50, Disable visitors- +33 (01)1 40 20 59 90

Website details

http://www.louvre.fr/en

Opening times

The Louvre museum opening hours are every day except on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 pm(last ticket sale is 5.15pm and rooms begin to close at 5.30pm).

The Louvre opening times on Wednesdays and Fridays are longer and is from 9 am to 9:45 pm (last ticket sale is 9.15pm, and rooms begin to close at 9.30pm).

The museum is closed on January 1st, May 1st, December 25th

Entrances to the Museum has different opening times. The Louvre opening hours for Pyramid and Galerie du Carousel entrances are every day except Tuesdays from 9 am to 7.30pm. On Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am to 10 pm.

Queues are shorter at the Passage Richelieu where the Metro station leads to the museum. The opening hours through passage Richelieu are every day except Tuesdays from 9 am to 5.30pm. On Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am to 6.30pm.

Porte des Lions entrance from the south is for groups with booking confirmation.

 

Admission 

 

Holders of advance tickets or Paris museum pass doesn’t have to queue in the pyramid, and the rest have to do so.

Guided tours are also available for a more in-depth opportunity to discover and discuss the artworks.

Download Louvre precinct map and Louvre provides a different map for visitors with limited mobility.

If you have a ticket to Louvre, then you can visit The Musee Eugene Delacroix free on the same day.

Age Group

Adults tend to get more intrigued by the fascinating art and architecture rather than kids who might find it a bore to see an overwhelming number of arts and artefacts.

 

Visit duration

Approximately, 5 – 6 hrs; there is so much to see in Louvre, it is wise to download the visitor’s map and select your preference before setting off. It is not possible to cover everything in one visit.

 

Best time to visit

It is often least crowded in the evenings, especially around popular works where you want to go closer to have a look, but some of the wings are closed so you may miss something but not the major rooms like the Mona Lisa.  

Food & Drinks

There are several cafeterias and takeaways in Louvre. ‘Angelina tea room’, ‘Traditional French Restaurant’ with French cuisine dining experience, Les cafés de la Pyramide, Denon & Richelieu take-away counters and ‘Paul’ French bakery where you can buy a really nice sandwich, pastries and other sweet varieties.

Services and retail

Louvre can be accessible by those with limited mobility and wheel chair/push chair is also available for rental.

Cloakroom, locker room are available near the information desk.

Toilets with baby changing facilities are dotted around the museum almost on every floor.

If you are interested in collecting the Louvre facts, there are Bookshop/Museum shops that have an extensive collection of artworks, replicas, gifts, engravings, jewellery, Prints, tour guides, etc. There are also temporary exhibitions that pop up time to time.

Nearby sites

Due to the Louvre’s central location, a huge variety of landmarks is just a stone’s throw away. These include Tuileries garden, Orsay museum, Le Palais Royal, Decorative art museum, Paroisse Saint-Eustache, Joan of Arc statue, Lock bridge, Pont Neuf, Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois and much more

Things to note and safety tips

  • Start early, staying in the indefinite queue is neither good on a hot summer day nor a cold day. If possible go for skip the line tickets with the tour guides.
  • To avoid disappointment and frustration, study the map carefully and choose what to concentrate on as it might be too much to be able to finish looking at the full spectrum of art through the ages in one go.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings, as theft is quite heavy in Louvre Museum after all as this is a place for you to get engrossed into the art and artefacts(ref. our Destination Paris page on theft).
  • There is a lot of walking from one room to another, one level to another and one wing to another – comfy shoes will help.
  • Although there is a luggage storage facility, Louvre recommends not to use due to security reason. If small luggage needs to be stored, then it is checked before it is placed in the lockers.
  • To know the facts about the Louvre including the history, background  and connect well to absorb more of the amazing artworks, download the free mobile app ‘My visit to the Louvre’ or use the museum audio guide for extra guidance.

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