Louvre Museum Tickets

The world’s largest art museum, the Louvre is a jewel among the French capital’s galleries. It blends old and new beautifully, with its dramatic (and originally controversial) glass pyramid. The permanent collection spans ancient civilizations to contemporary art movements, and includes the iconic Mona Lisa.

Opening hours

Mondays 9:00 am–6:00 pm

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 9:00 am–9:45 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am–6:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am–9:45 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am–6:00 pm

Sunday: 9:00 am–6:00 pm

The exhibition rooms begin closing at 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm on late openings. Tickets are €15 at the museum, €17 online, and free for visitors under the age of 18.

How to get there

Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

The Louvre Museum is in the 1st arrondissement, taking up a huge portion of this small but stylish quarter at the very core of Paris. You can reach the museum via bus (lines 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81 and 95) or the metro by getting off at Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre on lines 1 and 7, or Pyramides, on line 14. Underground parking is available on Avenue du Général Lemonier, open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. If taking the Batobus (boat bus), embark at the Louvre stop on Quai François Mitterrand.

FAQ

How big is the Louvre?
The Louvre is the biggest art museum in the world. Even if you only spent 10 seconds looking at each work of art, it would take you over a month of daily visitations to see it all. Covering an area of over 60,600 square metres, you can certainly have an enjoyable visit at the museum without too much pre-planning by picking up a map at the front desk and prioritising your interests.
What can I see here?
There are more than 380,000 works of art, organised into eight main collections: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Painting; and Prints and Drawings. The Mona Lisa is by far the most famous work on display, but you can also admire the Winged Victory of Samothrace (aka the Nike statue), Venus de Milo, St. John the Baptist, Orphan Girl at the Cemetery and much, much more.
What makes the Mona Lisa so famous?
Firstly, Leonardo da Vinci himself gave rise to the term ‘Renaissance Man,’ for someone who’s gifted in many different areas. His masterpiece is said to possess an enigmatic smile, which is wrapped in so much mystery, it’s been deeply discussed for centuries. The subject is the wife of a wealthy silk merchant from Florence who commissioned it to decorate their house. They surely never imagined how famous the work would become.
Is the Louvre kid friendly?
Absolutely! The dramatic Greek and Roman statues of great warriors tend to be popular among the kids, as well as the portraits of historic royals in the French paintings collection. After all, there’s nothing like battles and living fairy tales to get children engaged. If they have a Nintendo 3DS handheld console, you needn’t banish the video games on your holiday, as the Louvre has created its own guide for the system. This way, you can swap Super Mario for some art history.

Must-know

Looking beyond the Mona Lisa
Even though you'll end up jostling among the crowd a bit, you should definitely see this iconic painting. Of course other works such as the magnificent Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese and the religious relics in the Egyptian Antiquities, as well as the Islamic carpets and medieval European sculptures are also just as breathtaking.
The building’s history
The palace itself is as interesting as the art works within it. Built by King Philip II as a fortress to defend against potential invaders, the structure was later converted into the luxurious royal palace of Charles V in the mid-14th century. It wasn’t until the 1700s that discussions began on opening it as a museum for the public display of France’s treasures. The glass pyramid adorning the front courtyard was completed in 1989.
Planning your visit
Many millions of visitors descend on the Louvre’s galleries every year and unfortunately a lot of them miss the best parts. You don’t need to go crazy with planning your route (unless, of course, you’re very keen on art and want to make the absolute most of it). For a couple of extra euros, it’s worth buying your tickets online beforehand so you spend less time in the queues and more time looking at the artwork. Also be sure not to dash to the Mona Lisa and ignore everything else.

Places nearby

The Tuileries Garden
This is one of the most magnificent parks in the city, and that’s saying something for Paris. You can enter for free and admire the view of the Arc de Triomphe from afar. Stroll among the individual parts of the park, such as the high-up Terrasse with its beautiful statues and get great views. The Grand Carré, or Large Square, also houses some amazing sculptures including Tiger Overwhelming a Crocodile.
The Tuileries Garden
The Tuileries Garden
Champs-Elysées
Take a ten-minute taxi ride along the north bank of the River Seine to this chic and iconic shopping street. Here you'll also come across the iconic Arc de Triomphe, which you can climb to get great views of central Paris. On the street itself, you’ll find a dazzling array of luxury designer brands, as well as some high street retailers that are a little easier on the pocket. Shop for something special and mingle with the fashionable Parisians.
Champs-Elysées
Champs-Elysées
Rue Montorgueil
Just across in the 2nd arrondissement is Paris' historic market street, which has been totally pedestrianised. If you want to experience French market culture without heading out into the suburbs, you can pick up excellent local produce and wonderfully unique gifts. Right by the enormous Forum des Halles shopping centre, you’ll also find a range of great bistros.
Rue Montorgueil
Rue Montorgueil. Kiev.Victor / Shutterstock.com