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Louvre Museum, Paris

The courtyard of the Louvre Museum and the lobby. Photo © Olivier Ouadah

The Louvre Museum took its name from the building that houses it. The ultra-modern entrance, with the vast hall under the famous glass pyramid, allows you to go directly  to the wing you wish to visit right from the start. Here are exhibited collections of oriental, Egyptian, Roman and Greek antiquities (such as, for example, the Venus of Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace), of sculpture, of  Flemish, French and Italian Renaissance painting.

In Rue Furstenberg in the Saint-Germain-des Prés district in the house-museum dedicated  to thre romantic painter Eugène Delacroix. Here you can enter for free by showing your Louvre ticket. The only condition is that the two structures must be visited on the same day.

The Louvre Museum is huge and it is very easy to feel overwhelmed. In half a day you can see the main collections. We suggest you to plan the areas to visit in advance. Already from home, we advise you to prepare an itinerary of the works that you prefer and leave out the rooms that are of less interest for you. Before wandering through the halls and corridors of the museum, we recommend that you collect and use a map or the “First visit to the Louvre” guide. You can find them at the information point in the Napoléon Hall and they are free.

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What is the Louvre Museum?

The Louvre Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world.

When was the Louvre Museum built?

The Louvre was originally built as a fortress in 1190 and was reconstructed in the 16th century to serve as a royal palace. In 1682 , Louis XIV moved the royal residence to Versailles, and the Louvre  hosted several art academies and exhibitions. The National Assembly opened the Louvre as a museum in August 1793 and closed in 1796 because of the structural problems with the building. Napoléon reopened the museum and expanded the collection. After Napoléon, the Louvre continued to expand. The multi-building Louvre Complex was completed under the reign of Napoléon III in the mid-19th century.

Who built the Louvre Museum?

Originally it was a fortress, built at the end of the 12th century during the reign of the Capetian king Philip II, in subsequent renovations it was a royal and governmental seat. On the initiative of President Mitterrand it underwent expansion works in the 1980s and 1990s according to the project called the Grand Louvre, which includes the characteristic glass and steel pyramid in the main courtyard.

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the Louvre Museum.


It is located on the rive droite, in the 1st arrondissement, between the Seine and rue the Rivoli. It is near the Tuilieries Gardens.

The address is: Rue de Rivoli

Opening hours

To visit the Louvre Museum the times are as follows:

  • Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm
    Wednesday – Friday: 9 am – 9:45 pm
    Tuesday: closed
    1 January, 1 May, 25 December: closed.

To get around the long queues at the main entrance, that of the pyramid, you can use other secondary entrances.

The entrance from the Galerie du Carrousel.
  • Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm
    Wednesday – Friday and first Saturday of the month: 9 am – 9:45 pm
    Tuesday: closed
The entrance from the Richelieu Pass.
  • Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 9 am – 5:30 pm
    Wednesday – Friday: 9 am – 6:30 pm
    Tuesday: closed
The entrance from the Porte des Lions.

Not everyone is aware of a third entrance in the Quai François-Mitterrand area; this would allow those who organizes a group visit to have direct access to the Denon wing, but keep in mind that at certain times of the year it could be temporarily closed to the public for technical reasons related to the security of the Museum.

How to get to the Louvre Museum

To reach the Louvre Museum:

Metro: Palais-Royal – Musée du Louvre, lines 1 and 7.

Buses: lines 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81 and 95.

Attractions nearby

  • Palais-Royal (299 m)
  • Musée des Arts Décoratifs (344 m)
  • Jardin des Tuileries (549 m)
  • Musée d’Orsay (726 m)
  • Place Vendôme (861 m)

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