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Louvre Opening Hours | Your Guide to the Louvre

Considered as one of the most iconic art galleries in the world, the Louvre Museum was originally built as a fortress between the 12th-13th centuries. Sitting on the right bank of the Seine River, the Louvre is the most-visited art museum in the world. It houses artworks of great artists up to the Revolution of 1848. Its rich collection of exhibits includes masterpieces by Italian Renaissance artists and works of Flemish and Dutch painters of the Baroque era. One of the major highlights of the museum is the famous painting Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, among more than 35,000 exhibits.

Louvre Opening Hours

  • Louvre opening hours are from 9 AM - 6 PM, Wednesday to Monday.
  • The Tuileries Garden is open for visitors every day from 7 AM to 9 PM.
  • The Louvre Museum is closed on all Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, July 14, and December 25.
  • Summer (June - September) calls for the largest number of visitors to the Louvre Museum. There are considerably lesser crowds at the Musée du Louvre during October - March.

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Location: Louvre Museum is located at Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. Get directions.

Opening: Louvre Museum opened to the public on 10 August 1793.

Number of curatorial departments: Eight - Near Eastern Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Entrances: Four - I.M. Pei Pyramid, Carrousel du Louvre, Passage Richelieu, and Porte des Lions. Currently, only I.M. Pei Pyramid and Passage Richelieu are open. Learn more about Louvre entrances.

Number of visitors per year: Approximately 10 million.

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Best Time to Visit Louvre

The Louvre was visited by 9.6 million people in 2019 and is one of the most-visited museums in the world. It is essential to know the right hours or days to visit the museum to avoid the chaos and experience the splendor of works like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo in peace.

While the summer in France (June - September) invites thousands of tourists from around the world, most of them usually love to visit the Louvre during late morning hours. Hence, the best time to visit would either be early morning, as soon as the Louvre opens, or by late afternoon (3 PM), when there is a lull in the crowds.

Please note that Mondays are the busiest days at the Louvre Museum.

During winter (October-March), there are comparatively fewer visitors. You can visit in this season if you plan ahead, and make use of the calm environment to experience the iconic works.

Everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Louvre.


What are the Louvre opening hours?

The Louvre is open Wednesday to Monday from 9 AM - 6 PM.

Is the book store in the museum open?

The bookstore and the catering services in the museum will stay open on all working days of the museum.

Is there a cloakroom at the Louvre?

Yes, Louvre has a cloakroom. However, due to COVID-19 regulations, the cloakroom has been temporarily shut.

Are bags allowed inside the museum?

It is recommended you only carry a small bag with essentials. Please note that helmets, suitcases, large bags, and umbrellas will not be allowed inside the building.

Are strollers/wheelchairs available at the museum?

Yes, one can use the strollers or wheelchairs at the entrance.

Is admission free for children?

Yes, children under 18 years of age; EU residents aged 18-25, and teachers of art can visit the museum free of cost. Please note that as per COVID-19 safety regulations, it is mandatory to book time-stamped tickets online for free entry.

Is wearing a mask mandatory at the museum?

As per COVID-19 safety guidelines, it is mandatory for all visitors aged 11 years and above to wear a mask in the museum and the gardens.

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