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The Louvre’s 5 Most Famous Artworks

The Louvre in Paris is the world’s most visited museum. Its legendary collection boasts more than 35,000 paintings, sculptures and artifacts dating from prehistory to the modern day. The masterpieces are myriad, but these 5 are the crème de la crème.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” (1503-1506)

Possibly the most famous painting in the world, Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is synonymous with the Louvre. Her enigmatic smile and inescapable gaze draws millions to Paris every year.

“Venus De Milo” (ca. 130-100 B.C.)

Wonderfully maintained over two millennia, this statue of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, is one of the most iconic specimens of ancient Greek sculpture.

Photo: @Rodney flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Michelangelo’s “The Rebellious Slave” (1513)

This 2.15-meter-high statue of a slave struggling against his fetters is one of Michelangelo’s greatest achievements and a sublime demonstration of sculpture’s dynamic potential.

Photo: Ivo Jansch @flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“The Seated Scribe” (ca. 2600 B.C.)

Dating back to the days of the Pharaohs, this exquisite painted limestone sculpture is the most renowned piece in the Louvre’s exceptional collection of Egyptian antiquities.

The Louvre Pyramid, designed by I.M. Pei (1989)

Highly controversial upon its construction, the Louvre Pyramid is now one of Paris’ cultural treasures. The glass pyramid’s spectacular nighttime illumination is not to be missed.

Louvre Museum: Our Tips

Avoiding the queues

The queues to the Louvre can be daunting. The main entrance, through the Louvre Pyramid, is always the most crowded. An insider tip is using the entrance located in the underground shopping center, Carrousel du Louvre, where you can buy your ticket and pass the security checks free of hassle. If you want to experience the Pyramid, you can always do so on your way out.

Give yourself plenty of time and come prepared

The museum is gigantic, so it’s essential to make sure you have enough time to see everything you want. The museum is open from 9:00AM until 6:00PM on most days, and until 9:45PM on Wednesdays and Fridays. Arrive early, grab one of the free maps at the ticket purchase area, and take some time to plan your visit – it’s worth it!

Watch out for Tuesdays!

Together with a number of Paris’ museums, the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Take this opportunity to visit other sights such as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe and come back on another day!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    The Louvre is open from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, except on Wednesdays and Fridays when it remains open until 9:45PM. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.
  • What is the price?
    Ticket prices start at just 12€ for access to the permanent collections.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide can definitely help. There are several options for audio guides and small-group tours available!
  • How to get there
    Take the metro on line 1 to the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station. The Paris Open Tour bus also stops at the Pyramid.
  • Additional tips
    * The rooms begin to close 30 minutes before the museum's closing time. * From October to March, access to the permanent collections is free on the first Sunday of each month! * On French public holidays, the museum may have shorter hours, or may be closed entirely.

What People Are Saying About Louvre Museum

Convenient way to collect tickets and be guided in the right direction

Guide brilliant. Sites excellent. Skip the line made our waiting time less. A good way to get all your tickets in one place.

Great way to experience the many sights of Paris!

Great tour of the Eiffel Tower - our guide Sarah was very friendly and helpful. I recommend doing the Tower and cruise on day 1 and Louvre on day 2.

Everything was ok. Very nice guide, a little funny girl named Justine.

Everything was ok. Very nice guide, a little funny girl named Justine. Is ok because you must go with her only on Eiffel tower and after she gave you tickets for Louvre and Seine and you can prepare in another day visit in those attractions. So it is perfect to prepare a 3 days trip.

Instant...we can just enjoy without wasting time to Queue...

Recommended for family trip... especially like me who bring 2 kids even babies....

Skip the line... Take your time... and Enjoy!

Well worth it to skip the line for Eiffel Tower and make it to the top! Our guide was enthusiastic and very informative. There's alot to explore about the tower so we spent most of our day there. Good thing is after our guide finished the rest of the package is at your own pace, which is great when traveling with little kids. The River Cruise is right next to the Eiffel Tower so we were able to catch it in the afternoon and that was great. Option to take tour outside and go inside once it got too cold. We visited the Louvre the next day, and made the mad dash to see the Mona Lisa, but one day really isn't enough for this magnicent museum. We had a chance to have a meal and pastries at Le Café Richelieu - Angelina... really good! We'll work it!!!

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