Tips on Visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris

We just returned from visiting the Louvre Museum three weeks ago (March 30, 2013). It happened to be a super busy weekend – Easter weekend. I think everyone in Paris was at the Louvre!

Main Hall at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France
It is also called the Napoleon Hall.

It was crowded but we were able to see everything we had planned on seeing. Emphasis on planned. This is one of those places where you will get much more enjoyment from visiting if you know what you want to see and how to get there.

Because of the museum’s size you need to understand how the museum is organized. One of the good things you will find on their website are “Visitor Trails.” If you are only going to visit the Louvre once, you must take the “Masterpiece” Trail. This will include the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and Venus de Milo. All on the must see list. You will start your tour in the “Denon Wing.”

Let’s Start with Getting There

If you are visiting you most likely will take the Metro – you want to go to the Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station. When you get off there are signs that will send you in the right direction. You will come to the bottom of the controversial glass pyramid. The entrance is there.


If it is a busy day you will have to stand in line possible for over half an hour (or more).  This entrance is actually a security check. Once you get through it you will walk forward to the Main Hall. That is where you will find the ticket booths. There are self service and manned ticket booths. Chose the one you are comfortable using.

My younger sister listening to the audio guide for the famous statue the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Don’t forget to get a map at the information booth.

The entrance fee I think is reasonable – €11 (which is about $14.50.) This is for the main museum and does not included the “special exhibits.” Unless you have the entire day or if you know you want to go to the special exhibits you just need to pay the main entrance fee. Oh and for children under the age of 18 they are free!

One additional expense I would highly recommend is the Audio Guide. It is only an additional €5 (just under $7). The audio guides have so much information about the art pieces you are looking at that it would be a shame to not listen to the descriptions of these masterpieces. You also do not have to follow a specific route, you can wander and it is able to follow with you, because of its built in locators.

They also have guides that you can download onto your phone, but you need to do this before you leave the US. Check their website for more information.

Helpful Information

The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
They are open late until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
The museum is closed on the following holidays: January 1, May 1, and December 25

Address –

Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris – France
Métro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (Lines 1 and 7)
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

Seeing the Mona Lisa in person is amazing.

Why Go to the Louvre

When my sisters and I were planning our trip I said I had to go to the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa. My older sister said okay but didn’t really understand why. A couple of reasons, one it is one of the most famous paintings in the world. But more important my second reason was seeing something in person is always more amazing.

After our visit my sister agrees with me. All the reproductions in the world are not as good as the original. Plus by having the headsets (Audio Guide) we learned a lot about the Mona Lisa that we had not heard before. Seeing many of the famous masterpieces in person is unforgettable.


Since the museum was so crowded it was difficult to get to see the Mona Lisa. As always when you have come to see something specific be sure to allow yourself enough time and lots of patience.
The Louvre also makes it very clear they have a problem with pickpockets. Take that extra moment before going to be sure your valuables are safely put away – better yet don’t bring anything with you that you don’t really need.


Visit the Louvre Museum’s website – in English at –

Have a Great Time

Plan ahead and enjoy your time at this world famous museum. It is a fabulous way to spend the day.

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2 Responses to “Tips on Visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris”

  • Jim on April 19, 2013

    GREAT sharing this Cindy… My first ever comment on a blog. Aloha Jim & Barbara

  • Cindy on April 19, 2013

    Thanks Jim and Barbara!

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