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Infants aged 3 and under can visit the Eiffel Tower for free.
At the Louvre, entry is free for children under the age of 18 and European Union citizens under the age of 26 but they will need to get a physical ticket at the venue owing to the new COVID-19 rules and regulations. Also, please display a valid ID at the entrance of the museum for proof of age
Note: For the Louvre, we only sell adult tickets (+18 years for non-EU and + 26 years from EU). We do not sell free tickets. If visitors are eligible for it, they will have to reserve a ticket online through the official Louvre website owing to the new COVID-19 rules and regulations. The link will be sent in the confirmation email.
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Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
The Orsay Museum
Arc de Triomphe
Duration: Gain entry within 30 minutes of the selected time slot and stay as long as you like.
Duration: 1.5- 3 hours. You are free to stay after the tour and explore for as long as you wish.
The Louvre Palace, which houses the Louvre Museum, is a beautiful building that dates back to the 12th century. Built by King Philip II during the middle ages as a fortress, the building was converted to a castle between 1364 and 1380. Over the course of the years the building went through many transformations. It was during the French Revolution that the palace was converted into the Louvre Museum.
The Louvre Palace, in itself, is a beautiful attraction that continues to stand as an example of French and Renaissance architecture.History of the Louvre Palace
The iconic Louvre pyramid was commissioned by then President of France, François Mitterrand, in 1984. It was designed by famed Chinese-American architect, I. M. Pei, and was completed in 1989. The glass pyramid is over 70 feet tall and consists of more than 600 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass pieces. Located in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace, it functions as the main entrance of the Louvre Museum.Design of the Louvre Pyramid
Once a royal and imperial family playground, the Tuileries Garden is a great place to recuperate after your visit to the Louvre, especially if you are visiting with children.
Children can sail little boats along the water of the Grand Basin, or play while you can recharge by grabbing a drink or bite from one of the many cafes and restaurants dotted around the gardens.
There is no entry charge to access the garden. However, check the timings ahead of your visit as the opening hours of the Tuileries Garden vary from season to season.What to do at Tuileries Garden?
The Louvre's art collection is divided into eight departments:
1. Paintings: Prominent paintings include Raft of Medusa, and Liberty Leading the People.
2. Sculptures: Venus de Milo and Venus of Arles are some popular statues housed here.
3. Drawing & Prints: View 250,000 drawings, pastels, prints from the 11th to the 19th centuries.
4. Royal Furniture: Explore Napoleon III apartments.
5. Textiles: View tapestries donated by the Chagourys.
6. Jewelry: View the coronation crown of Louis XIV, Charles V's scepter, and more.
7. Writing: Find funerary, proprietary, and epigraphic inscriptions.
8. Decorative Objects: Collection spans the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century.
The Mona Lisa, one of the most famous paintings in the world, lives inside a protective glass case in the Louvre. Also known as the La Gioconda, the painting is valued at around $870 million, and holds the record for being the highest valued painting across the globe .
Painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century, and was acquired by the French King Francis I after da Vinci's death in 1519. It remained a part of the royal collection until the 19th century when it was placed inside the Louvre Museum.
Today, the Mona Lisa is on display inside the biggest room of the museum, the Salle des États on level 1 of the Denon Wing.History of Mona Lisa
Home to around 480,000 works of art, of which 35,000 are on display, it is safe to say that there is a lot to see inside the Louvre. Here are some snippets of what you can expect.
The largest room in the Louvre, the Salle des États, is home to Mona Lisa and other remarkable Venetian paintings such as The Wedding Feast at Cana by Veronese, Titian’s Pastoral Concert, and Tintoretto’s The Coronation of the Virgin.
In the Louvre’s gallery of antiquities, you will find masterpieces of Greek sculpture such as the famous Venus de Milo, Venus of Arles, and Hermes Untying his Sandal here.
One of the six grand staircases built during the reign of the Second Empire in the 19th century, the monumental staircase is adorned by the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the most famous statue housed by the Louvre.
Musée Charles X, inaugurated in 1827 and named after King Charles X, is Louvre's Egyptian museum. Inside, you will find Egyptian antiquities from the New Empire to the Ptolemaic Period.
At the entrance to the Louvre’s Department of Egyptian Antiquities, you will be greeted by an enigmatic Sphinx. Inside, you will find a vast display of over 6,000 works such as the Seated Scribe and the statues of kings and queens.
The Grande Galerie is where you will be able to view Louvre’s impressive collection of Italian paintings, one of the largest and most impressive of its kind. You will find works by the greats such as Mantegna, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and, Caravaggio, here.
The glitziest gallery in the Louvre Museum, the Galerie d’Apollon houses the royal collection of 800 pieces of hardstone vessels and the French Crown Jewels. You will find historical diamonds such as the 140-carat Regent, the Sancy and the Hortensia, here.
Here, you will find some of the largest paintings in the Louvre, including masterpieces by 17th to 19th-century French painters such as Jacques-Louis David's Madame Récamier, Théodore Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa, and Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.
Built between 1854 and 1857, the Michelangelo gallery is home to Italian sculptures from the 16th to the 19th century. It was named after the Renaissance great, Michelangelo, whose work Slaves are also on display here. Other works include Cupid and Psyche and Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova.
Orginally the summer apartments of Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV, the royal apartments were turned into a museum after the French Revolution. The museum houses Louvre’s ancient Roman collections such as the fragment of the Ara Pacis, the Empress Livia, and the Emperor Hadrian.
Designed originally as a royal ballroom, the rooms gets it name from the four ‘caryatids’ made by the sculptor Jean Goujon that support the musicians’ gallery. Today, this spacious gallery displays a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. Some highlights here include Artemis with a Doe, Sleeping Hermaphrodite and Apollo Sauroktonos.
Galerie Campana features a long row of rooms where you will find ancient Greek pottery. The gallery has been named after Marquis Giampietro Campana, the man whose extensive collections account for a significant portion of the works displayed here. The gallery provides a comprehensive overview of Greek pottery.
Louvre’s collection of Islamic Art is housed here. You will find various art forms of the Islamic world (from Spain to India via North Africa and Egypt) from a time period ranging from the rise of Islam in the 7th century to the late 19th century. The department's collection includes over 3,000 artworks.
The Khorsabad courtyard displays the remains of a largest city of the ancient world, Dûr-Sharrukin, which was built by King Sargon II in the late 8th century BC. The fragments of the site were discovered by French archaeologists excavated them in the 19th century.
Created in 1824, the Galerie d’Angoulême houses some works from the Near Eastern collections, notably works from the Levant, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Cyprus. The oldest of all works at the Louvre is a statue that dates back to 7,000 BC, which is housed here.
These two courtyards in the Louvre showcases statues that were made for outdoor spaces. The Cour Puget houses sculptures from the 17th to the 19th century while the Cour Marly houses some of the statues that used to be on display at the Château de Marly.
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Last time of entry: 5:30 PM, 30 minutes prior to closing.
Days Closed: Every Tuesday, January 1, May 1 and December 25.
Best Time to Visit: Early mornings and late evening hours before the museum closes, around 3 PM, will be the least crowded hours of the day.Know More
Visiting Louvre at night can be an extremely magical experience. Apart from the fact that the crowd is significantly less, there is the fact that the Louvre is illuminated with lights.
With the pyramid all lit up the courtyard takes up a romantic hue. Shop, sip on some cocktails and dine to enjoy a perfect Parisian dinner.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, the opening hours extend until 9:45 PM.
Note: Extended hours at the Louvre have been temporarily suspended, however, these timings will resume again shortly.Louvre Night Tours Itinerary
Location: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France.
Metro: Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station on Line 1 is the closest metro station to the museum. The museum is a 2-minute walk from the station.
Bus: Buses 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 stop right next to the Louvre Museum.
RER: Take Lines A, B, or D and alight at Chatelet Les Halles, which is about 8 minutes away by foot.Directions to the Louvre
Apart from its permanent collection displayed across eight curatorial departments, the Louvre also has temporary exhibitions set up every season. Currently there are three exhibitions on display at the Louvre:
1. From Afar | Traveling Materials and Objects
22 July 2021 to 4 July 2022; Location: Petite Galerie, Richelieu Wing
2. Yves Saint Laurent at the Louvre
29 January 2022 to 15 May 2022; Location: Galerie D’Apollon, Denon Wing
3. Pharaoh of the Two Lands
28 April 2022 to 25 July 2022; Location: Hall NapoleonKnow More
Don't know where to begin? You can follow one of these walking trails:
Masterpieces of the Louvre: View the most iconic works of art housed at the Louvre.
JAY-Z and Beyoncé at the Louvre: View the artworks that inspired and were featured in JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s first music video as a duo, “APES**T”.
Journey Along the Nile: Discover life under the Pharaohs.
Secret Treasures of the Richelieu Wing: View the lesser known masterpieces of the Louvre.Discover the Louvre Visitor Trails
The Louvre has four different book and gift stores where you will be able to find guides, books, art objects, replicas and merchandise related to temporary exhibitions and permanent collections.
The shops are closed on Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December. You can also also skip the crowds at the shops and visit the Louvre online store.
There is a selection of restaurants, cafes and takeaway counters available inside the Louvre Palace, in the Pyramid and even the Tuilleries Garden.
Budget: Tonic Hotel Du Louvre, Appi Hôtel
Mid-level: Relais du Louvre, Le Pradey, Hôtel Bonne Nouvelle
Luxury: Hôtel du Louvre, La Clef Louvre, Hôtel Cambon
A. Louvre tickets are available online. You can book tickets to the Louvre here.
A. Yes, the Louvre Museum is only accepting online reservations now. You can book your Louvre tickets online.
A. Skip-the-line tickets, guided tours and combo tours are the Louvre museum ticket options that are available.
A. The Louvre now accepts only online reservations, and has administered several health measures in place to ensure the safety of its visitors.
A. Several measures have been put in place at the Louvre Museum in light of COVID-19. Entry is limited to those with online tickets, the use of masks that cover the nose and face at all times is mandate and visitor's temperature will be checked by thermal scanners before entry. Guided tours now permit only groups of 10.
A. Yes, children under 18 years of age; EU residents aged 18-25, and teachers of art can visit the museum free of cost. Please note that as per COVID-19 safety regulations, it is mandatory to book time-stamped tickets online for free entry.
A. Yes, both your Louvre tickets and guided tours include skip-the-line-access. With this, you get fast-track access to the museum without having to wait in long lines.
A. Yes, you can avail guided tours when visiting the Louvre. These can be booked in advance online.
A. Each guided tour group can comprise a maximum of 25 visitors now.
A. This depends on the type of tickets you purchase. While there are tickets that just offer your skip the line access, there are also tickets that give you skip the line access, along with an audioguide.
A. Louvre opening hours post-COVID-19 are: Wednesday to Monday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last entry at 5:30 PM). The museum remains closed on Tuesdays.
A. Louvre is located at Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France.
A. Due to current COVID regulations, even if you want to purchase same day tickets, you will have to do it online. Thus, it is recommended that you purchase online tickets in advance to ensure you get tickets for the day you want to visit.
A. Currently, it is absolutely necessary to purchase tickets to the Louvre in advance, as only those with timed slot tickets are allowed in.
A. The best way to purchase Louvre Museum tickets is to buy them online. This allows you to book tickets in advance, opt for contactless modes of payment, avoid large crowds and even avail the many discounts available.
A. Yes, the Louvre has put in place many facilities and services so that visitors with disabilities can make the most of their visit. Along with loaning walking sticks, and wheelchairs, the Louvre offers reserved parking spots, disability-friendly restrooms and more.
A. Yes, there are many restaurants, cafes and takeaway counters at the Louvre.