From Leonardo da Vinci to the Venus de Milo, the Louvre has the most extensive art collection in the world. With so much to see, a visit to the the Louvre art museum can be overwhelming, so it's good to plan your visit beforehand.
Like 60 other Paris museums and monuments, you can avoid the long line-ups for tickets at the Louvre art musuem by getting a Paris Museum Pass before you leave home.
The Museum Pass is also included in the combined Paris City Passes and that's our recommended way of buying it because the City Passes also give you unlimited rides on the Metro.
But also have a plan. If French 18th-century painting is your passion, go directly to the Richelieu wing or you might be exhausted before you get there!
Over 600 years of French painting history can be found at the Louvre Museum Paris. France is famous for honoring its artists, and the museum exhibits the best works of French artists over the centuries. (One exception are the French Impressionists, who have their own museum across the river, Musée d'Orsay.)
If you're only interested in the Louvre, and not other museums, then you should buy your Louvre Museum tickets in advance and have them delivered to your home or to your Paris hotel.
7 million people a year visit the Louvre, which means you can spend a loooong time waiting in lines.
But, by planning ahead, you can skip the lines and go directly to the Mona Lisa on a Louvre art museum tour. Check out our list of recommended tours of the most visited museum in the world.
Among the thousands of works at the Musée de Louvre you're sure to recognize quite a few.
Some of the most famous paintings and sculptures ever produced have found their way into the permanent collection of this museum.
The history of the Louvre is as fascinating as the story of the works of art it contains. The Louvre started life as a fortress, in the 12th Century, and then later was used as the royal residence for centuries of French kings. It lasted through revolutions, wars, occupations and long periods of housing government bureaucrats to become the famous art museum it is today.
While the Louvree has seen changes over the centuries, some of the most striking changes to the museum occurred in the late 20th Century, with the renovation of the building and the addition of the Louvre Pyramids to the courtyard.
After your visit, take in the view of the Louvre pyramid from a table in the colonnade at Café Marly. Enjoy a glass of Champagne with Parisians while overlooking the courtyard and the Louvre Pyramid.
The Louvre Paris France has always been popular, and therefore crowded, but things have gotten even crazier since Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code success. The ticket lines are long, snaking around the courtyard. If you're not booking a tour, then we recommend you get hold of the Paris Museum Pass before you leave home.
Looking for a shorter line-up? Instead of the Louvre Pyramid entrance, use the Galerie du Carrousel entrance to the Louvre. Take the stairs found in the Tuileries, near the Arc du Carrousel.
This all-inclusive museum pass get you free entrance to the major Paris museums plus scores of hidden and small museums that probalby haven't heard of.
But perhaps he greatest benefit of the Paris Museum Pass is that you get to bypass the ticket lines and directly into the museums. Saving time is Paris is even better that saving money!
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