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Louvre Museum Visit Guide

Louvre Museum: Hours, Prices, tips, busy times

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The Louvre Museum is certainly one of the most popular museums in the World . It is also one of the main cultural attractions in Paris. Of course, it’s mainly famous for the Mona Lisa but there are many other masterpieces that find their home there. The very rich collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities also attract many people to the Louvre. These are located within the magnificent Palais du Louvre, a former royal residence. Read our guide to visit the Louvre museum

Below, you’ll find all the information you need for a successful visit to the Louvre, including opening times, prices and details of the various collections, the current exhibitions and how to avoid the long queues when you buy a fast track ticket.

The Louvre Museum is open. Reservation is highly recommended .

The Louvre Museum: Greek Antiquities
The Louvre Museum: Greek Antiquities


The Louvre Museum is open to the public every day of the week except Tuesdays.

On Wednesday and Friday evenings. The Louvre has extended opening hours.

Find below the Louvre opening hours and days:

  • Mondays: Open 9.00 am to 6.00pm
  • Tuesdays: Closed
  • Wednesdays: Open 9.00am to 9.45pm (evening opening)
  • Thursdays: Open 9.00am to 6.00pm
  • Fridays: Open 9.00am to 9.45pm (evening opening)
  • Saturdays: Open 9.00am to 6.00pm
  • Sundays: Open 9.00am to 6.00pm

Visitors are asked to leave either at 5.30pm or 9.30 pm for evening opening.


You can either buy your ticket when you turn up at the door (waiting times are potentially very long) or purchase a fast track ticket. Admission is free for young people under 18 and under 26 for EU citizens. Please find complete info about the Louvre ticket price fro 2024:

  • Entry ticket price (Q-Jump): €22 + booking fees
  • with this ticket:
    • fast track access
    • skip the long line
    • access to all the collection
    • access to temporary exhibitions
    • best online price

Admission is free on the first Sunday of the month between November and March, as well as on 14th July. However, you need to be aware that these days attract very large crowds.

There is only one price for the Louvre Museum. The ticket price for temporary exhibitions is also at €17.

>more info about prices & tickets


Every day, many people flock to the Louvre. The afternoons are very busy. The lines can be very long in Louvre Museum, with around 2-3 hours of queuing and even more so at the weekends. Long queues build up in the mornings from 11.00am on Saturdays and Sundays. These are clearly the busy times in the Louvre Museum.

If you’re an early riser, you can beat the long queues on Mondays and Thursdays by arriving between 9.00am to 10.30am.

Buy a fast track ticket for the Louvre from cometoparis and beat the queues, with easy access. You can buy this ticket online. All you then need to do is turn up at the Louvre with your voucher.

Also, if you’re with people who benefit from free access (children, young people under 26 or teachers), they can go in with you and avoid the queues.

This is the best way to avoid long queues! We tried it out and were completely happy!


The Louvre Museum was founded in 1793 at the time of the Revolution and is located in the Royal Palace of the Louvre, bearing the name The Central Arts Museum of the Republic. It’s the largest museum in the world, with over 72,000 m2 of exhibition space.

The Louvre is famous for hosting many ancient masterpieces, as well as classical and modern paintings. You’ll be able to see many artworks like the Mona Lisa by Da Vinci, Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, the Raft of the Medusa by Géricault, the Wedding of Cana by Veronese, the Venus de Milo (from Greek antiquity), The Seated Scribe (from Egyptian times) …

PAINTINGS at the Louvre Museum

Denon Wing – 1st Floor: Italian, Spanish and French Paintings

In the Denon wing on the 1st floor, you’ll find a collection of Italian paintings, with masterpieces by Caravaggio, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

Crowds flock to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa.
Crowds flock to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa.

The Mona Lisa is located at the 1st floor of the Denon wing in the room 711.

You’ll also find famous French paintings like the Raft of the Medusa by Géricault, Liberty Guiding the People and The Death of Sardanapalus by Eugène Delacroix.

Liberty Guiding the People in the Louvre
Liberty Guiding the People in the Louvre

Still in the Denon Wing on level 1, you can admire paintings by Spanish masters like Goya or El Greco and works by British and American artists like Lawrence or West.

Paintings of particular interest in the Denon wing include very large French artworks

Richelieu – level 2, French, Dutch and Northern Europe Paintings

On level 2 in the Richelieu and Sully wings, you’ll find paintings by Poussin, Watteau, Corot and Fragonard, among others.

The Richelieu wing on level 2 is also home to a collection of Northern European Paintings like Rembrandt, Van Eyck, Rubens

Do you love paintings? Take a look at our Orsay Museum guide.


You’ll find French sculpture exhibitions on levels -1 and 0 in the Richelieu wing. The collection covers a period from the Middle Ages to Romanticism and features works by Goujon, Pigalle and Houdon.

Also, in the Denon wing on levels -1 and 0, you’ll find sculptures by European artists like Donatello, Bernini or Michelangelo.


A large part of the Denon and Sully wings is home to Southern European Antiquities, with objects from daily life, as well as works of art from Greek and Roman civilizations right through the Italic and Etruscan civilizations.

Some works enjoy worldwide renown such as the Venus de Milo.

Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum
Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum

There are also many sculptures of Roman emperors, which are very well preserved.

Roman sculpture at the Louvre Museum


Anyone interested in Egyptology will find the Louvre particularly fascinating. A large part of the Sully wing is devoted to Egyptian antiquities (4000 to 30 BC) and you’ll find ceramics, sarcophagi and mummies.

Grand Sphinx of Tanis, part of the Egyptian Collection at the Louvre
Grand Sphinx of Tanis, part of the Egyptian Collection at the Louvre

On level 1, there are many antiquities displayed in chronological order, while level 0 has a more general exhibition of civilization.

Egyptian Sarcophagi at the Louvre
Egyptian Sarcophagi at the Louvre

Are you interested in visiting several museums? Find out about the Paris Museum Pass.


The Sully and Richelieu wings on Level 0 at the Louvre host a large collection of Oriental antiquities, with objects from the ancient civilisations of Mesopotamia (7500 BC) and Anatolia. You can also admire objects from the Arabian Peninsula (Nabataean vestiges), Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Persian Antiquities at the Louvre
Persian Antiquities at the Louvre


Go on a chronological journey at the Louvre, starting from the beginning of Islam in the 18th century and including ceramics, carpets, weapons and woodwork …

The Department of Islamic Art opened in 2012 and is now on levels -2 and -1 in the Denon Wing, enjoying considerable success.

>> Buy your fast track ticket for the Louvre Museum


  • Yves Saint Laurent at the Louvre – until May 15, 2022
  • Pharaoh and the Two Lands : From April 28 to July 25, 2022
  • FROM AFAR: Traveling materials and objects: until July 4, 2022

We hope this clarifies things for you!

Please feel free to come back here and leave a comment after you’ve visited the Louvre.

Are already familiar with the museum? We always appreciate your advice and opinions!

You may also be interested in reading: The Top Museums in Paris.

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