The Louvre Museum in Paris is the world's largest museum and boasts one of the richest collections of art and historical artefacts in the world. A sprawling French Baroque structure overlooking the Seine River, the Louvre is home to over 3,80,000 artworks, of which 35,000 make up the permanent exhibition. Known for its extraordinary collection of artworks, it is also one of the most visited museums in the world. To visit the Louvre, you can opt for either an online admission ticket or go for a guided tour.
The Louvre museum has reopened since the pandemic forced it to close its doors. With new rules of visiting and buying tickets, here’s what you need to know about visiting the Louvre Museum.
Following a 3-month closure due to the pandemic, the Louvre Museum finally reopened its door to visitors on July 6, 2020. If you’re planning to visit the museum, please ensure that you’re aware of all safety measures and guidelines in place. The Louvre now only accepts online reservations.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Louvre Museum has enforced several safety measures in place.
These skip the line admission tickets to the Louvre allow you to bypass the entry line and make your way inside the museum without queuing up. You can enter the museum with these tickets via any of the 2 open entrances, Pyramid entrance and the Richelieu entrance. You can pair the admission tickets with a convenient audio guide which is available in 10 languages. The ticket is timed and hence you will be allowed to enter the museum only at the time mentioned on the ticket.
The best way to explore all that the museum has to offer is by opting for a guided tour. With new visiting rules, the group tour size has been limited to a max of 10. The small group ensures that you can interact with your guide more personally, get your questions answered and enjoy the experience in a more intimate manner. Once the tour is over, you can spend as much time in the museum as you like. Guided tours of the Louvre Museum will also help you skip the line on entry.
The Louvre Museum is open from Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Last time of entry is 5:30 PM, 30 minutes prior to closing.
The Louvre is closed every Tuesday, January 1, May 1 and December 25.
Early mornings and a couple of hours in the evening before the museum closes will be the least crowded hours of the day - try going early in the morning or around 3 PM.
The Louvre Museum is located in the heart of the city on the banks of the Seine river. It’s address is Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France.
Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station on Line 1 is the closest metro station to the museum. The museum is a 2-minute walk from the station.
Yes, buses 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 stop right next to the Louvre Museum.
Check out the detailed Louvre entrance map here.
There are three entrances to the museum: Pyramid Entrance, Richelieu Passage Entrance and the Carrousel du Louvre Entrance.
Since it reopened, only the Pyramid and Richelieu Passage are open while the Carrousel entrance remains closed.
If you have bought your ticket online, please enter the museum via the Pyramid entrance. The Richelieu Passage entrance is dedicated to visitors with member cards. The Carrousel entrance will open soon.
Mandatory masks, social distancing and maximum group sizes of 10, frequent sanitisation stations and uni-directional flow of crowd within the museum are some of the measures employed.
Admission to the Louvre is free for visitors under the age of 18, EU citizens under the age of 25, visitors with disabilities, teachers of art, art history, and the applied arts as well as pass and membership holders.
The most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa resides in the Louvre in the Department of Italian Paintings. The subject of the painting is thought to be Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a cloth merchant from Florence.
This 6’8” marble sculpture depicts Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. The statue is named after the Greek island of Milos, where it was discovered. The statue can be found in the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities.
This 2nd c. BC marble sculpture of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory stands nearly 8 feet high. The statue is thought to have been created not just to honor the goddess, but also to celebrate a naval victory, as the base is like the prow of a ship.
Commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, the painting shows a woman personifying Liberty leading people over barricades and the bodies of the fallen. In her hand is the flag of the French revolution, which is now the national flag of France, and her other arm holds a bayoneted musket.
Dating back to 1800 BC, the Law Code of Hammurabi is a Babylonian code of law from the Mesopotamian period. Exhibited in the Department of Near Eastern Antiquities, the Law Code has over 200 laws inscribed on it. The Law Code of Hammurabi is very important as it helps us learn about the history and religion of this period.
The Egyptian sphinx is a symbolic representation of the close relationship between sun god (lion’s body) and king (human head). The one at Louvre contains names of the pharaohs Ammenemes II, Merneptah & Shoshenq. It was excavated in 1825 among the ruins of the Temple of Amun at Tanis and is one of the largest sphinxes outside of Egypt.
Q. Is it safe to visit the Louvre Museum post-COVID-19?
A. The Louvre now accepts only online reservations, and has administered several health measures in place to ensure the safety of its visitors.
Q. What are the safety and hygiene measures in place at the Louvre Museum?
A. Several measures have been put in place at the Louvre Museum in light of COVID-19. Entry is limited to those with online tickets, the use of masks that cover the nose and face at all times is mandate and visitor's temperature will be checked by thermal scanners before entry. Guided tours now permit only groups of 10.
Q. Are online Louvre Museum tickets available now?
A. Yes. The Louvre Museum is only accepting online reservations now. You can book your Louvre tickets online.
Q. What is the maximum group size for guided tours of the Louvre?
A. Each guided tour group can comprise a maximum of 10 visitors now.
Q. What are the opening hours for Louvre Museums post-COVID-19?
A. Louvre opening hours post-COVID-19 are: Wednesday to Monday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last entry at 5:30 PM). The museum remains closed on Tuesdays.
Q. Do my Louvre tickets and tours include skip-the-line access?
A. Yes, both your Louvre tickets and guided tours include skip-the-line-access. With this, you get fast-track access to the museum without having to wait in long lines.