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Your Guide to the Louvre Entrances

Louvre Museum is an icon of the city of Paris. It is one of the largest museums in the world and boasts of nearly half a million works of art, including Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. The museum is a magnet for tourists, art connoisseurs, and history lovers alike, so much so that the Louvre is visited by nearly 10 million people every year. The result of this is that the attraction is crowded with visitors all day, throughout the year, which is why you need to know about all Louvre entrances before you visit.

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Louvre Entrances

There are four Louvre entrances, and here's everything you need to know about each one of them to help you decide which one you need to take for a quick entry.

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The Four Entrances of Louvre Museum

There are four entrances visitors can use to enter the museum. Of these, only the Pyramid and Passage Richelieu are currently open.

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1.  I.M. Pei Pyramid entrance

This is the main Louvre entrance. You can reach the venue by getting down at Palais Royal Musée du Louvre Metro station and by walking directly to the entrance on Place du Carrousel. You can also take buses 21, 69, 72, N11, or N24 to get down at Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre bus stop and walk to the entrance. Learn more about it here.

Entrance Timings: The museum is open every day, except for Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 6 PM. Learn more about the timings here.

Average wait time: Advanced booking can help you skip the line in 10 minutes. Without early reservations, it might take over an hour based on how crowded the venue will be on the date of your visit.

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2. Carrousel du Louvre entrance

This entrance is called “the mall entrance to the Louvre”. You can gain entry directly from the Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre Metro Line 1 and 7. You can also enter from 99 Rue de Rivoli after getting down at Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre bus stop and taking two sets of escalators underground.

Entrance Timings: The museum is every day, except for Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 6 PM. Please note that due to safety reasons, access through Carrousel has been suspended until further notice. 

Average wait time: It can take up to 30 minutes to gain entry into the museum through this entrance.

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3. Passage Richelieu (Porte de Richelieu) entrance

If you have a group booking or an annual membership, this would be the ideal entrance to gain fast track entry. Get down at Palais Royal Musée du Louvre Metro station and walk to the entrance on Rue de Rivoli. You can also take buses 21, 69, 72, N11, or N24 to get down at Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre bus stop and walk to the entrance.

Please note that only those with group reservations and cardholders (Amis du Louvre, Louvre Pro cards, ICOM, Ministry of Culture, Louvre Patrons Circle, etc.) can enter through Passage Richelieu. 

Entrance Timings: The museum is every day, except for Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Average wait time: The average wait time will be between 10-15 minutes. 

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4. Porte des Lions

This entrance is located in the internal part of the Louvres and attracts an average amount of visitors. Get down at Palais Royal Musée du Louvre Metro station and walk to the entrance on Place du Carrousel. You can also take buses 21, 69, 72, N11, or N24 to get down at Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre bus stop and walk to the entrance.  Please note that only guests who have made prior reservations can enter from Porte des Lions. 

Entrance Timings: The museum is every day, except for Tuesdays, from 9 AM to 6 PM. Please note that the Portes de Lions has been temporarily closed since 2019, and will remain so until further notice.

Average wait time: It can take up to 30 minutes to gain access to the museum.

Louvre Entrances: Frequently Asked Questions

How many Louvre entrances are there in total?

There are four Louvre entrances: I. M. Pei Pyramid, Carrousel du Louvre, Passage Richelieu, and Porte des Lions.

Are all the entrances open currently?

As of now, only two entrances are open to the public: The I. M. Pei Pyramid and the Passage Richelieu (Porte de Richelieu).

How can I avoid waiting in the lines for a long time?

Book your ticket in advance so you can skip the line and head to your experience!

What are the Louvre Museum timings?

Louvre Museum is open between 9 AM - 6 PM, Monday to Wednesday. It is closed on Tuesdays. Please note that the last time of entry into the museum is 5:30 PM, half an hour before closing. The best time to visit the museum is early in the morning.

What measures are in place at the Louvre as part of COVID safety?

Many measures are now in place at the Louvre for the safety of visitors. Only two Louvre entrances have been opened, and only those with online tickets are allowed. Visitors have to bring their own masks and have it on at all times. Their temperatures will be checked by thermal scanners before entry. Additionally, guided tours now permit only groups of 10.