All You Need to Know About Louvre Opening Hours

Considered one of the most iconic art galleries in the world, the Louvre Museum was originally built as a fortress between the 12th and 13th centuries. Its rich collection includes masterpieces by Italian Renaissance artists and works of Flemish and Dutch painters of the Baroque era. One of the museum's major highlights is the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. Read on to learn about the Louvre timings, the best time to visit and more.

What Are The Louvre Hours?

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  • General Timings:
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 9 AM to 6 PM
    Friday: 9:00 AM to 9:45 PM
  • Last Entry: 1 hour before closing. The rooms are cleared 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed: The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December and any other public holidays that fall on a Tuesday.
  • Note: Entrance to the Louvre is free on the first Friday of every month post 6 PM, excluding July and August, and also on July 14th.
  • Duration of Visit: The Louvre is massive, with 35,000 works of art spread across more than 70 rooms in each of the three wings. It's impossible to see the entire collection in one day or even in a week. If you simply wish to see the masterpieces, head to the Denon Wing. It is here that you will find many of the best-known works of art such as the Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. You will be able to explore the wing in an hour or two.
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What's The Best time to Visit Louvre Museum?

The Louvre was visited by 9.6 million people in 2019 and is one of the most-visited museums in the world. It is essential to know the right hours or days to visit the museum to avoid the chaos and experience the splendor of works like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo in peace.

Louvre Hours, Best Time to Visit

Spring (April to May)

Paris is breathtaking during spring with blooming flowers taking over the streets. Being the shoulder season, Paris is comparatively cheaper and quieter during these months. With fewer tourists in the city, you will find that it is relatively easy to beat the crowds at the Louvre Museum.

The best time to visit would be on Wednesdays and Fridays. While their late-night openings on these two days have been temporarily suspended, it is safe to say that the later hours of the day are when the museum is less crowded. Enjoy having the space to explore each room at your own pace.

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Summer (June to August)

Summertime in the city of lights can be an absolute pleasure thanks to the almost perfect weather. However, during this time of the year, locals will be out of the city for vacations, while hundreds and thousands of visitors come into the city. It would be safe to imagine that many of these tourists would head to the Louvre during their stay.

If you are also visiting Paris during these months, visit the Louvre during the early morning hours, i.e., as soon as the Louvre opens, or by late afternoon (3 PM), when there is a lull in the crowds.

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Fall (September to October)

Visiting Paris during the fall is a visual treat with every shade of red, yellow, orange, and brown lining the streets of the city. The days are warm and the nights bring with them a light chill making it a great time to explore the city and soak in all its beauty. Much of the tourists who came in during the summer would have left leaving the streets and attractions emptier.

With nightfall occurring earlier in the day it would be best to visit the Louvre during the second half. You will be able to witness the Louvre pyramid shining bright against the heritage buildings that surround it.

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Winter (November to March)

Winters in Paris are cold, but not freezing. As it is off-season the city will, for the most part, be free of tourists. This would also be the cheapest time to visit Paris.

Since Louvre is entirely indoors you don't have to worry about braving the cold on the day of your visit. With relatively few tourists in the city, you can safely assume that the Louvre has comparatively fewer visitors. If you plan to spend some time in the gardens visit during the earlier hours when the weather is warmer, else you can view the Lourve lit up against the snowy background of Paris by visiting during the day.

VERDICT: If you decide to visit during the peak season (June - August) the best time to visit Louvre would be during the early morning or late afternoon hours on a weekday. During the shoulder season (April to May and September to early October), visit during late evening hours. During winter, you simply don't have to worry about the crowds. However, please note that Mondays are the busiest days at the Louvre Museum.

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All Your Questions About Louvre Hours Answered

What are the Louvre opening hours?

The Louvre is open Wednesday to Monday from 9 AM to 6 PM.

When is the Louvre closed?

The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. It is open on all other public holidays, provided it does not fall on a Tuesday.

How long does it take to visit the Louvre?

The amount of time you need at the Louvre depends on what you wish to gain out of your visit. If you wish to see every work of art on display, it would take you months to view the Louvre in its entirety. If you have a whole day to spare, start at the Denon wing where you can view most of the masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, and then head to the Sully and Richelieu wings.

What are the opening hours of Tuileries Gardens?

The Tuileries Gardens opening hours vary from month to month. During January, February, March, October, November, and December, the gardens are open from 7: 30 AM to 7: 30 PM. In April, May, and September, the Tuileries Garden is open from 7 AM to 9 PM, and from June to August, the gardens are open from 7 AM to 11 PM.

What are the opening hours of Musée National Eugène-Delacroix?

Musée National Eugène-Delacroix is open from 9.30 AM to 5:30 PM on Wednesdays to Mondays.

What is the best time to visit the Louvre?

Visit the Louvre on a weekday during the months between January and April. Visit during the early hours of a Monday or Thursday to avoid crowds.

When is entry to the Louvre free?

Admission to the Louvre is free for all guests on the first Friday of every month after 6 PM, excluding July and August, and also on July 14th.

Are there night openings at Musee Eugene-Delacroix?

Yes, on the first Thursday of the month, night openings at the Eugene Delacroix Museum are held until 9 PM.

Can visitors access the Louvre in the evenings?

Yes, visitors can access the Louvre in the evenings till 9:45 PM on Fridays, while night tours extend till 9:30 PM.

Is there a specific time when the Louvre is less crowded?

During winters, the Louvre experiences low season. Also, the weekdays see lesser number of tourists than usual.