Here are five amazing things you can do at the Louvre Museum
1.) Find your way through the corridors
Find your way through the corridors of the Louvre Museum and discover its treasuries, no matter which century the artist belongs to, the Louvre exposes the most beautiful pieces of art of many different periods. Among the 35.000 “chefs d’oeuvre” exposed, you will have the chance to discover the style, the artist or the period that best defines you. From Milo’s Venus, Mona Lisa or Liberty leading the People (Delacroix), you won’t only be a spectator but rather an actor allowed to choose which work is the most meaningful. Paris and the Louvre are ideal places for the arts and artists to express themselves.
2.) Discover the Louvre Pyramid and the Louvre’s shops
Ordered by the French President François Mitterrand (1981 – 1995), this pyramid has been very controversial because of its modern style contrasting with the classical one of the Louvre… But today the Louvre Pyramid is an essential part of the museum. Serving both as the entrance hall and a place for shopping, this Parisian Attraction is also the first thing you are going to see approaching the museum. This is going to be your first contact with the pieces of art you will discover later.
3.) Discover the area with a free walking tour of Paris
Seize this incredible opportunity and follow a native guide who will lead you through the busy streets of this Attractive Parisian District. During this Paris Landmarks Tour, you will discover the neighborhood and make your way with all the pieces of advice you need in order to make the most of your day. Without any doubt the best way to forge unforgettable memories in the City of Lights!
4.) Have a picnic in the Tuileries Garden
Parisians are truly fond of picnics. You can have a classical one in the Versailles Garden, but also in the Tuileries, where you can mingle with Parisians looking for a nice place to sit and enjoy their sandwiches. In this Paris Garden, you will be able to admire the palace, but also the Concorde Plaza on the other side. If you come during summer, you may be lucky enough to have a great time at the Tuileries Amusement park, in the real heart of Paris.
5.) Shop as a Parisian on Rue De Rivoli
Parisians do not tend to go shopping so much on the Champs Elysées… They are rather used to spending an afternoon on Rue de Rivoli: One of the best shopping areas in Paris. There you can find all the shops you need. As the street goes along the Louvre Museum, it will be really easy for you to find it after your visit to have a café and a nice time in Paris!
- To avoid queuing at the Musée du Louvre, try entering by the Lions’ Gate (Porte des Lions).
- Go there in the morning (before 11:00 am) or for late-night openings.
- If you go to a temporary exhibition, make sure you book before arriving at the museum. Otherwise, you are likely to have to queue up for sometimes more than 3 hours!
- Museums are free every 1st Sunday of the Month. If you’re under 26 and from the EU, it’s free all the time.
Facts about the Louvre Museum
Among the former French Royal Palaces, the Louvre is one of the best symbols of French history and of the French Kings’ power. With the Louvre Pyramid in the middle of the Napoleon Court, its architectural style and its garden, you will fall in love with this place. Thanks to its geographic location, you will be able to admire the view it offers on the Tuileries, but also on the Concorde Plaza and the Champs Elysees.
Located on the Right Bank of the River Seine, this landmark has been partly destroyed, rebuilt and renovated many times. Although its construction lasted for approximately 800 years, it still remains the geographic, artistic and emotional heart of Paris. The Louvre became a museum during the French Revolution as the French National Assembly decided to eliminate any symbol of the monarchy. Nowadays, this is one of the most visited museums in the world.
As the Louvre is the biggest European museum, do not worry if you get lost in the numerous corridors: you will be able to admire the most famous paintings in the world, such as Mona Lisa, but also paintings and masterpieces from all over the world and from all ages.
Even if you are not the kind of person who enjoys spending an entire day in a museum… any true Parisian will tell you the Louvre is worth an exception. You will definitely go completely crazy about the Louvre Museum. Of course, it is beautiful, full of all the paintings you have always dreamt of seeing. But the building in itself is so beautiful it makes us really proud to be Parisians! As any local would tell you, if you come to Paris you can’t miss the Louvre!Camille
How to get there
Lines 1 et 7, Palais-Royal – musée du Louvre station
Lines: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
- Contains hidden mysteries 70%
Open every day except Tuesday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Night – openings until 9:45 pm on Wednesday and Friday
Closed on January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th
1.) Place Vendome:
One the most famous Parisian plazas, which also welcomes the best jewelers in Paris.
2.) The Orsay Museum:
Cross the River Seine and you will find a place for sculptures, photography and also paintings, mostly impressionists and post-impressionists from painters such as Manet, Matisse or Cézanne…
3.) The City Island:
One of the two remaining islands of Paris with its unique atmosphere thanks to all the Parisian landmarks such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, but also to the shops and all the medieval and narrow streets… You will feel like a Parisian, traveling back in time.
Why it’s worth visiting
- Any Parisian will tell you that it is the best museum in the world: Its number and variety of works are almost unequaled.
- The Louvre Palace is a masterpiece in itself, combining the rigor of the classical architecture and the freedom of contemporary art! (See the Pyramid of the Louvre).
- It contains incontrovertible works: Mona Lisa, the Milo’s Venus, the Raft of the Jellyfish, the Wedding at Cana…
- To decide by yourself if the Glass pyramid fits inside the Louvre or not.