Best Guide to the Louvre Museum - Find All You Need to Know Before Visiting

Jun 4, 2024


  • The Louvre Museum’s opening hours
  • How to go to the Louvre Museum?
    • Transportation to get to the Louvre Museum
    • Choose the right entrance to the Louvre Museum
  • Best time to go to the Louvre Museum
  • What to eat at the Louvre Museum?
  • Things to do at the Louvre Museum
    • Take a guided tour
    • Participate in cultural events
    • Buy souvenirs
    • Explore the surrounding area
  • Louvre Museum map
  • Louvre Museum must-see exhibits
  • Louvre Museum annual pass
  • Things you need to know before visiting the Louvre Museum
  • FAQ about the Louvre Museum
    • Is it necessary to buy tickets in advance?
    • Are there guided tours available in the Louvre Museum?
    • Can I take a photo inside the Louvre Museum?
    • Can I enter the Louvre Museum several times in one day with the same ticket?
    • Is there a locker available for storing my belongings?
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Located along the banks of the Seine River, the Louvre Museum is a marvel that transcends time and space. The Louvre Museum boasts an unparalleled collection, from ancient civilizations to contemporary masterpieces, among which the most famous is Mona Lisa. In this guide, we’ll discover things you need to know before visiting the Louvre Museum to help you gain an unforgettable experience.

Louvre Museum opening hours:

Date Opening Hours
Jan 1 Closed all day
Jan 2-Apr 30 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday-Sunday: 09:00-18:00
(Latest entry time: 17:00)
Tuesday: Closed all day
Friday: 09:00-21:45
(Latest entry time: 20:45)
May 1 Closed all day
May 2-Dec 24 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday-Sunday:09:00-18:00
(Latest entry time: 17:00)
Tuesday: Closed all day
Friday: 09:00-21:45
(Latest entry time: 20:45)
Dec 25 Closed all day
Dec 26-Dec 31 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday-Sunday:09:00-18:00
(Latest entry time: 17:00)
Tuesday: Closed all day
Friday: 09:00-21:45
(Latest entry time: 20:45)


  • Admission will be stopped 1 hour before closing time, and clearance will begin 30 minutes before closing time. The museum is closed on January 1, May 1, and December 25 (Christmas Day).
  • From May 29, 2024 will be open until 21:00 every Wednesday and Friday evening.

*Opening hours may differ. Please confirm the opening hours for specific days with the Louvre Museum.

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How to go to the Louvre Museum

Source: Louvre Museum official

Here is the address of the Louvre Museum: 75001 Paris, France. You can have several options to get to the Louvre Museum.

Transportation How to go
Metro -Take line 1 or 7 and get off at the Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre station, or
-Take line 14 to get to Pyramides
Bus Take No. 21, 27, 39, 67, 68, 69, 72, 74, 85 or 95 bus and get off at the Louvre - Rivoli or Musée du Louvre station
Bicycle Area for parking bicycles:
No. 1015, 2 place A. Malraux
No. 1023, 165 rue Saint-Honoré
No. 1014, 5 rue de l’Echelle
No. 1013, 186 rue Saint-Honoré
École du Louvre
Batobus Louvre stop, Quai François-Mitterrand
Taxi From US$4.42
Car You can park your car at an underground car park, which is located at 1 Avenue du Général Lemonier, 5 minutes walk from the Louvre Museum.
Parking price: From US$27.15

There are 4 entrances to the Louvre Museum - Pyramid, Carrousel, Richelieu and Porte des Lions, among which The Pyramid is the main entrance for individual visitors. From the table, you can check the differences between each entrance.

Entrance Eligibility
Pyramid 1. Visitors need to buy tickets on-site (orange queue)
2. Visitors with a ticket or Paris Museum Pass (green priority queue)
3. Visitors with membership cards (Amis du Louvre, Carte Louvre Education et Formation, Ministère de la Pass Education, ICOM, etc.)
4. Priority access (disabled visitors and staff members)
Note: The Pyramid entrance has a tube lift for visitors with prams or disabled visitors with wheelchairs.
Carrousel All visitors.
Richelieu Groups and visitors with membership cards (Amis du Louvre, Carte Louvre Education et Formation, Ministère de la Culture, ICOM).
Porte des Lions There are no lockers here and the entrance is closed every Friday.

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The best time to visit the Louvre Museum is early mornings or late evenings on weekdays, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays, since it will be less crowded. Or you can consider visiting the Louvre Museum during the off-peak season such as late fall or winter for fewer crowds.

The Porte des Lions entrance has the least people to maximize your time and minimize queuing. Be sure not to take a large bag or helmet if you choose the Porte des Lions entrance because there are no lockers. The recommended sightseeing time is 0.5-1 day.

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What to eat at the Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum has several restaurants, cafes and takeaway counters, where you can enjoy a meal or a snack. There are also picnic areas available if you prefer to bring your own food. Here are some recommendations.

Restaurant/Cafe/Takeaway Counter Highlight Location
Bistrot Benoit Enjoy coffee and croissants or a meal in the pure Parisian Bistrot tradition Level -2
Under the Pyramid
Paul Take a lunch break with a classic ham sandwich, or enjoy a chocolate éclair Level - 2
Under the Pyramid
Le Café Mollien Enjoy salads, quiches, sweet and savoury snacks with stunning views of the Louvre, Tuileries gardens and the Carrousel du Louvre Level 1
Denon wing (next to the red French paintings rooms)
Café Richelieu/Angelina Enjoy famous hot chocolate and decadent pastries or other famous Mont Blanc dessert Level 1
Richelieu wing (near Napoleon III Apartments)
Eric Kayser Enjoy a break on the terrace shaded by centuries-old trees to savour traditional French sandwiches, pastries, salads and more Jardin du Carrousel entrance (by the Arche du Carrousel)

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Things to do at the Louvre Museum

With over 35,000 works of art spanning thousands of years, the Louvre Museum offers a diverse collection to explore. Take your time with a guided tour, which can provide valuable insights. There are also some special exhibitions and temporary displays.

The Louvre Museum regularly hosts cultural events, including lectures, workshops, film screenings, and concerts. Check the museum's calendar of events to enrich your visit.

Check the museum's gift shops for unique souvenirs such as books, prints, or keepsakes, you'll find a variety of treasures to take home with you.

Take some time to explore the surrounding area, including the picturesque Tuileries Garden, the historic Palais Royal, and the vibrant streets of the 1st arrondissement. You can take a break in the cafés in the charming atmosphere.

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Louvre Museum map

Source: Louvre Museum official

The Louvre Museum is organized into 3 major wings: Richelieu, Sully, and Denon. Each of these wings encompasses multiple floors and rooms dedicated to various exhibitions and collections.

Wing Popular Exhibition Floor/Room
Richelieu The Money Changer and his Wife Level 2, Room 814
The Virgin of Jeanne d’Evreux Level 1, Room 503
Statue of Ebih-II Level 0, Room 234
The Marly Horses Level -1, Room 102
Sully The Bather Level 2, Room 940
The Seated Scribe Level 1, Room 635
The Venus de Milo Level 0, Room 345
History of the Louvre Level -1, Room 133
Denon Mona Lisa Level 1, Room 711
The Winged Victory of Samothrace Level 1, Room 703
Statue of Marcellus Level 0, Room 410
Cycladic idol Level -1, Room 170

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Louvre Museum must-see exhibits

  1. Mona Lisa: It’s undoubtedly the most famous painting in the Louvre, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.
  2. Venus de Milo: This ancient Greek sculpture of the goddess Aphrodite dates back to around 500-30 BC.
  3. The Winged Victory of Samothrace: The Hellenistic sculpture of the goddess Nike is a stunning example of ancient Greek artistry.
  4. Code of Hammurabi: The ancient Babylonian law code is one of the oldest deciphered writings.
  5. Napoleon III Apartments: Explore the living quarters of Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie.

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You can become a member of the Société des Amis du Louvre so that you can visit the Louvre Museum as often as you like in one year. There are different annual membership packages. You can check the annual pass information in the table below.

Type Price
Solo cardholder From about US$86.18
Double cardholder From about US$129.27
Visitors under the age of 26 From about US$16.16
Visitors under 30 From about US$37.70
Two visitors under the age of 26 From about US$30.16
Two visitors under 30 From about US$64.64
Add a family option (children) Additional US$16.16

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Things you need to know before visiting the Louvre Museum

  • Buy tickets in advance: Purchase your tickets online in advance to avoid long lines at the ticket counters.
  • Security procedures & restrictions: There may be security checks upon entry to the museum, including bag inspections and metal detectors. Large bags, backpacks, helmets and bulky items are not permitted inside the museum.
  • Take care of your children: Children are welcome at the Louvre Museum, and there are special family-friendly programs and activities available. However, it's important to take care of your children and respect the museum's regulations.
  • Behave respectfully: Show respect for the artworks and other visitors by refraining from touching the exhibits, speaking loudly, or using flash photography. Follow the museum's guidelines for responsible behavior.

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The Louvre Museum ticket

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It’s recommended to buy tickets in advance, especially during peak seasons. Purchasing tickets online can help you skip the queuing and enter the museum more quickly.

Yes, the Louvre Museum offers guided tours led by experts who can provide knowledge about the collections and history. Audio guides are also available for self-guided tours in multiple languages. You can rent an Audio Guide at the museum‘s ticket area for about US$5.39.

Photography is permitted in most areas of the Louvre Museum, except in certain temporary exhibitions where photography restrictions may apply. However, selfie sticks, flash or lighting. the use of flash and tripods is generally prohibited.

No. Any exit is final.

Yes, the Louvre Museum provides a locker where visitors can securely store belongings. It’s recommended to avoid bringing large bags or helmets, as they may be subject to security checks. group
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