Despite the Louvre’s grandeur as a symbol of the Ancien Régime, its imposing external appearance pales in comparison to what is housed inside its marvelously adorned walls. It boasts a staggering collection of 35,000 articles over 650,000 square feet of exhibition space, and receives upwards of 8.6 million visitors from all over the globe each year, all of whom come for its art.
One resident in particular captures the imagination of the ages more than any other. Seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is a defining moment for anyone’s trip to Paris, but there are more masterpieces than you can shake a stick at here. From ancient classical sculptures like the Venus de Milo and Nike of Samothrace to works of high Romanticism like The Raft of the Medusa and Liberty Leading the people, you’ll catch timeless portrayals at every glance.
If you want to see the Louvre right, take the time to plan for it both as part of your trip and what you’ll want to see inside. Otherwise it can feel a little overwhelming and you may risk taking up time you would have rather spent on specific artworks. City Wonders offers a series of skip the line Louvre tours suited to every taste and fancy.
Photography is permitted at the Louvre, strictly without flash.
Yes, at the end of the tour you are free to remain inside of the museums for as long as you wish. The tickets are valid for the whole day as long as you do not exit the museums.
Yes. At the entrance, you will see souvenir shops. Your guide will also show you how to get back to them at the end of the tour if you wish.