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How to Survive a Visit to the Louvre

Updated on May 12, 2016
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Congratulations, you’re heading to Paris and hopefully a visit to one of the world’s grandest museums, the Louvre. Visiting the Louvre can create a lot of questions. How on earth are we going to see everything? What’s the best time to go? What day should we visit? Before you drive yourself crazy take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are about to visit the Louvre, caretaker and home to many of the world’s greatest artistic treasures.

To help you survive your visit I’ve compiled a few tips and suggestions to make this a little easier and hopefully more enjoyable. There is a strategy to visiting the Louvre and it can save you both precious time and energy. As the most visited museum in the world the Louvre receives about ten million visitors each year. That works out to somewhere in the vicinity of about 30,000 tourists each and every day.

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The Basics

The Louvre contains over 35,000 pieces of artwork so unless you plan on spending a couple of weeks there don’t expect to see everything. As you stand in the courtyard of the Louvre and look around you will quickly realize that this is one big museum. In terms of square footage the Louvre measures over 650,000 square feet, which make it one of the world’s largest museums. The museum is actually housed in the Louvre Palace, which was constructed in the late 12th century. The structure was extended numerous times over the years until it reached its current footprint. In 1793 the museum officially opened with a collection of just 537 works of art. Over the years the collection has grown and today the Louvre has eight curatorial departments with thousands of priceless works of art.

The eight curatorial departments of the Louvre

  • Egyptian Antiquities
  • Near Eastern Antiquities
  • Greek, Roman and Etruscan Antiquities
  • Islamic Art
  • Sculpture
  • Decorative Art
  • Paintings
  • Drawings & Prints

Looking out from inside the Pyramid
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Hours and Fees

Days: Open every day except Tuesdays

Hours: Open 9 am to 6 pm. On Wednesday and Friday open until 9:45 pm

Fees:

  • From October to March the museum is free on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Otherwise the fee for the Permanent Collections is 12 euro
  • Napoleon Hall Exhibitions 13 euro
  • Combined ticket is 16 euro
  • Admission is free for the following visitors:

Under age 18
Age 18 – 25 and resident of the European Economic Area
Teachers of art, applied arts, and art history
Holders of a “Pass Education” card
Disabled visitors and their guests

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When to go and how to get in

So with all of this visitor information let’s take a look at when to go and when to avoid. First of all don’t be lured into trying to visit on the free first Sunday of the month. The crowds are much larger when it’s free and to be honest I would avoid trying to visit on the weekend period, especially during peak tourist season (June - August). I would pick a week day when the weather is so-so and if you can arrange to go later in the day I would try to visit on a Wednesday or Friday evening, which gives you your best chance of experiencing smaller crowds. Friday evening when most people are at dinner might be the absolute best time to go but if an evening visit is not possible then go at the time that best fits your schedule.

There are a number of entrances to the Louvre and picking the right one can save you a lot of time waiting in long lines. The most obvious entrance is of course through the Pyramid and unless you see no line there I would avoid this entrance. The Carrousel entrance is located below ground in the mall and there are a couple of stairways in the Louvre Courtyard that will take you underground to this entrance. On either side of the Arc du Carrousel in the Courtyard are two very nondescript staircases that will take you down to the mall below and the Carrousel entrance. If there is a long line at the Pyramid I would immediately head for the Carrousel entrance.

There is another entrance at the Portes des Lions, which is not well known by visitors but this is not always open. The Portes des Lions entrance is on the side facing the River Seine and if it is open there are rarely any visitors using it. Look for the two giant lion statues and you are there. In the photo below you can get a sense of where the Carrousel Entrance is in relation to the Pyramid in the background

Carrousel Entrance

Stairway to the Carrousel Entrance
Stairway to the Carrousel Entrance | Source

The Paris Museum Pass includes entry to the Louvre. With the pass you can skip the ticket line and go directly to the security checkpoint.

On our visit we did use the Carrousel entrance as there was a long line at the Pyramid and it saved us a lot of time. When buying your tickets you can pay with either euro or a credit card. At the ticket booth there are self-serve ticket machines that will only accept credit cards and we literally walked right up to them and had our tickets within minutes. Once you have tickets in-hand you will have to proceed through security and we did have a short wait here but this is unavoidable.

No Lines below ground

No lines at the Carrousel Entrance
No lines at the Carrousel Entrance | Source
Beneath the Pyramid at the Carrousel Entrance
Beneath the Pyramid at the Carrousel Entrance | Source

What to bring

Assuming that you will be inside the Louvre for at least a couple of hours I would suggest bringing with you a small snack and a bottle of water. Otherwise pack lightly as you will be lugging everything you bring with you. Also, it can get very warm inside the Louvre especially in areas where visitors tend to congregate so wear layers that you can remove if it gets too warm. Photos are allowed in the Louvre so be sure to bring your camera.

I hate to always bring this up but anytime you are in a tourist area there are going to be pickpockets. The Louvre is the perfect place for them to operate as it’s easy to get lost in the crowd and many people are preoccupied taking pictures and looking at artwork. Carry a money belt and keep your valuables safe.

Statue of Athena

Statue of Athena
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Strategy

Before visiting the Louvre you have accept the fact that you are not going to see everything. What we did and it worked out well was to make a list of the priority must see works and then spent our remaining time in the departments that were of interest to us. The Louvre has a handy map of each floor with the highlights and their location and this makes it easy to map out the path that you want to follow. Of course you can always just roam aimlessly but then you are leaving to chance that you will come across the works of art that you really want to see.

One other option would be to take a guided tour. The Louvre offers 90 minute guided tours in many languages including English and this is a great way to see the highlights without trying to locate them on your own. The tours are given by national museum guides and can only be purchased on the day of your visit for 10 euro.

Like lots of people we had the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory Statue as our top three must see works. I’m no art aficionado but if we came all the way to Paris to visit the Louvre I was damn well going to see what all the fuss is about with the Mona Lisa. We decided to hit our big three right away and then leisurely stroll through the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman Antiquities. The Winged Victory Statue is on the way to the Mona Lisa so you can see these two in rapid succession.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa
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The Crowd at the Mona Lisa

Crowd at the Mona Lisa
Crowd at the Mona Lisa | Source

Tips

  • There are elevators available to get from one floor to another.
  • Don’t be afraid to leave and take a break and then return, your ticket is good all day.
  • The Tuilerie Gardens are a great place for a quick picnic to recharge.
  • Use the bathroom before heading into the maze of rooms in the Louvre.

Seeing the Mona Lisa is quite an experience, and I’m not talking about the painting itself. The crowd of people trying to get up close to the Mona Lisa is a site to behold. While there may be areas of the Louvre with virtually no one there, rest assured that there is no off-season at the Mona Lisa. After getting close enough to satisfy my own curiosity I turned my attention to the other paintings in the room. Of particular interest is “The Wedding Feast at Cana” by Veronese. Now this is one large and stunning work of art. The painting depicts the first miracle of Jesus where he turned water into wine. The moral of the story here is don’t get too fixated on just your highlights, along the way take note of all the other works especially those in the same room as your must see pieces.

Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo
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Winged Victory Statue

Winged Victory Statue
Winged Victory Statue | Source

Coronation of Napoleon

Coronation of Napoleon
Coronation of Napoleon | Source

The Wedding Feast at Cana

The Wedding Feast at Cana
The Wedding Feast at Cana | Source

The Louvre can be the highlight of any visit to Paris. It can also be a totally exhausting experience. Plan ahead and give some thought to your visit and you will save valuable time and energy. I hope these tips and suggestions help make your visit to the Louvre an enjoyable one. To summarize:

  • If you can visit at night go on Wednesday or Friday evening.
  • Avoid the free Sunday.
  • Use the Carrousel entrance or the Portes des Lions entrance.
  • Buy your tickets at the self-serve machine using a credit card.
  • Consider a Paris Museum Pass, which includes entry to the Louvre.
  • Have a game plan and a good map of the Louvre floor layout.
  • Consider a guided tour.
  • Bring a snack and bottle of water.
  • Use the bathroom just before entering.
  • Make use of the elevators if climbing stairs is an issue.
  • To experience the glass pyramid, exit up the stairs and out this way.
  • Watch your valuables at all times.
  • Hang on to your ticket in case you leave and want to return the same day.


Au Revoir

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      visite parisienne 11 months ago from Paris

      To be sure no to lose Louvre'treasure, you can also go for a guided tour. I know that http://www.desmotsetdesarts.com/offres/visites-gui... have nice visits for small groups at good prices.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks again Neetu. Paris is an amzing place with so much to see, including the Louvre. Have a wonderful day.

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      Neetu M 23 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Oh, I loved everything about Paris, including the Louve! :)

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Au fait. My first one :)

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      Congratulations on having HOTD!

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Neetu. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Also glad you've had the opportunity to experience the Louvre. Amazing place! Have a great day.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Flourish. Appreciate your support. Have a wonderful day.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Barbara. Sounds like the Louvre has come a long way over the last 45 years. What struck me was the hordes of people trying to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa while other amazing works had no one there. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Kawi. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the tour of the Louvre. Hope you get to visit someday soon. Have a great day.

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      Neetu M 23 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Very nice article. I have already visited the Louvre, but if I hadn't, I would have taken some of that advice for sure! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

      I'm back to say a big Congratulations on HOTD! Fantastic hub, Bill!

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      Barbara Casey 23 months ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      I visited the Louvre 45 years ago (pre-pyramid). Aside from the artwork, my main recollection was having to pass by the men's urinals (no door) to the ladies' rest room. What also surprised me was having to go to a separate gallery to visit the impressionists, which were regarded too new for the Louvre.

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      KawikaChann 23 months ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nicely done, it is one of my to-dos to visit the Louvre... thanks for taking us along and congrats on the HOTD. Peace. Kawi.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Ron. So glad you had an opportunity to visit the Louvre, and on a not so crowded day I'm sure made it even more enjoyable. No matter how you look at it the Loivre is an incredible place, full of history and amazing works of art. Thanks again and have a great day.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 23 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Very well written and informative hub. I got to visit many years ago. I don't remember huge crowds that day - maybe I happened to hit on one of the less crowded days. But it must have been croweded enough that I couldn't get a clear picture of the Mona Lisa. Still, it was a great experience. Congrats on your HOTD!

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Bill. It took a while but this is my first HOTD. Have a great day.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Sandra. Thank you. So nice to see you here and thank you so much for sharing. Hopefully this helps your friends and I hope they enjoy their trip to Paris, it's a wonderful city with so much to see. Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's about time you got one of these...congratulations on the HOTD, buddy!

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      Sandra Busby 23 months ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      What a wonderful hub on visiting the Louvre. I'm sharing it on Facebook so I can show it to some friends who are visiting Paris in the Fall. Thanks for all your hard work.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Thelma. We would love to return some day also. There is just way too much to see in a day. Even two days would be difficult to do it justice. I found it interesting that there were hourdes of people trying to see the Mona Lisa, yet in some of the other remote rooms of the museum nary a soul.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you enjoy the tour. Have a wonderful day.

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      Thelma Alberts 23 months ago from Germany

      Congratulations on the HOTD! This is a wonderful hub tour. I have been in the Louvre a few years ago. A day was not enough to see the beauty of the awesome paintings. It was great that you were able to take good photos of the paintings. I have seen the Madona, too but it was very hard to see it clearly because of the huge people in front of me watching it. LOL! I would love to go there again but not when summer or holiday season in France.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Kristen. This is my first HOTD. Yay! The Louvre is an amazing place. We would love to return someday to see areas that we did not see. It's amazing how big the Louvre is. We knew is was large but it's hard to comprehend how big it actually is until you see it. Thanks for the vote, have a great day.

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      Bill De Giulio 23 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi sosown. Thank you. Funny how we write about the places we visit but not where we live. I do have a few hubs on the local area here and a number on Florida where we have family and visit often but I certainly could do much more. Thanks again, have a great day.

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Bill, congrats om HOTD! I would love to visit the Louvre and go to Paris someday. Excellent travelogue with tips on exploring the museum. Voted up for useful! Merci!

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      sosown 23 months ago

      Congratulations on the exposure, Bill. I'd love to see a piece on your own neighborhood in the States and what great things there are to see there, too. Maybe some of your French friends would like to hear about it, too. Again, Congrats and great photos!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Glimmer. We actually spent maybe 3 hours in the Louvre. It was crowded but not crazy except near the Mona Lisa. I think I most enjoyed the hour or so when we just wandered through the Greek and Egyptian Antiquities section. Fewer people and no agenda to speak of. I will say that it was much bigger than I ever imagined.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Well I can tell you had a good trip to France Bill! It's been many many years since I have been to Paris but I remember going to the Louvre and not staying very long. It's massive and the crowds were overwhelming to me. I did see the Mona Lisa though, I guess that is a sort of requirement if you go there.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mel. It's really, really large. It would be impossible to see it all in a day. It does make sense to go with a plan and see the works that interest you. Then if you have the time and energy you could roam aimlessly and see where it takes you. Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      I have no concept of how large the Louvre is. It sounds like you really need a plan to see all the things you want to see. Thanks for the excellent tips for making the most out of a visit!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Joel. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the trip to the Louvre. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

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      Joel Diffendarfer 2 years ago from Ft Collins, Colorado

      Not having the means to do a lot of traveling, this for me, was the next best thing. Thanks for your articles. Enjoyed the trip.....

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Kate. So sorry to hear that your plans fell through. But just think, you have something to look forward to in the near future. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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      Kate Mcguire 2 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Really detailed hub, great job :) I was supposed to visit the Louvre this summer but plans didn't go as expected :/ I hope I'll be able to use your tips soon

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Flourish. I'm probably more like you and prefer to move quickly. I'd rather see as much as I can in case I never return. But, as you know it's almost impossible to see everything in the Louvre. Probably the largest museum I've ever been to. Thanks for the vote, pin, etc. Have a great week.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Terrific tips, especially the one on entering. I tend to go through museums quickly while my husband "savors.". Thus, I saw soooo much more of the art that was there while he perceives that he experienced more of it, haha. It was truly massive and you've done an impressive job giving people a head start on devising their game plan. Voted up and pinning this must read for anyone who is Paris-bound.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Angela. Thank you. I think the planning we did helped to make our visit a little more enjoyable. I sure hope you get a chance to return and see the Louvre as it really is one of the worlds great museums. Thanks so much for stopping by, the vote, share, etc. Have a nice weekend

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      Angela Joseph 2 years ago from Florida

      This is one of the best travel pieces I have ever read. You zeroed in on what every visitor ought to know without making it read like a list. I visited Paris many years ago, but the tour I was on did not include the Louvre. Now I see why. But it remains on my bucket list and your hub has made me want to see it even more. Voted up, useful and sharing.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you Dilip. I hope you get there soon. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great day.

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      Good hub, hope i can use this info if i ever tour the place.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Giovanna. Thank you. It certainly is an amazing place but it is easy to miss a lot of things. That's why we went in armed with a plan and a map so that we would not miss our must see works. Of course it impossible to see everything in a day so we look forward to returning someday soon. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the share and pin.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      I love your hub. very well written and useful. I remember the Louvre an amazing place with out a doubt but unless you know your way round it's easy to get the feeling your missing the very things you came to see! I have pinned and shared your hub.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Marie. Thank you. The Louvre certainly is amazing. We look forward to returning someday to see all that we missed. Many thanks for the vote, pin, etc.. Have a great week.

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      Marie Giunta 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Ah you've brought back memories of my visit to the Louvre many years ago. I think it might be time to visit again, I certainly did not see enough back then. Thanks for the virtual tour, I must say it's not as tiring as actually being there. Voted up, useful and pinned.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi breakfastpop. Thank you. It's a crazy, wonderful place as you well know. We look forward to returning someday. Have a great day.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I have visited the Louvre and now thanks to your fine writing, I went there again! Voted up, interesting, useful and awesome.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi tirelesstravler. It certainly was an experience watching the hordes of people trying to get close to the Mona Lisa. Pretty funny. We really did enjoy the Antiquities section and hope to return someday to see areas that we missed. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      I am with you on the Greek and Egyptian Antiquities section of the Louvre.

      It is usually rather peaceful. Funny we had the same priority for the Mona Lisa. Once you see it you would do better to look at a picture of it. Nice to know there is a museum pass. Those kinds of thing are frequently a good way visit.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Marie. At times with the crowds, especially at the Mona Lisa, I felt like I was under attack. Luckily we quickly headed to the Greek and Eygptian Antiquities area where there were less people. The Louvre was an amazing experience. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

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      Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      Cute title (I began to imagine the masterpieces coming off the walls and attacking me)!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Linda. I was equally surprised that they allow photos and even flash photography. We really enjoyed our time in Paris and getting the chance to visit the Louvre was something that I will always remember. Glad you enjoyed the tour. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful and interesting hub, Bill. It certainly sounds like a plan of action is required before entering the museum, and you've provided some great tips for creating one. I'm impressed by the fact that visitors to the Louvre are allowed to take photos. I loved looking at yours.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Andrew. Glad you enjoyed the tour. It's a difficult task to tour the Louvre in one visit or one article as there is just so much there. But, we did put some thought and planning into our visit and were able to see what we wanted to see. Hopefully it helps others have a more enjoyable visit. Thanks so much for the vote, share, etc. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Heidi. Thank you. I was somewhat surprised that not only do they allow photos but the use of a flash is also allowed. The Louvre is definitely worth keeping on that bucket list. I hope you get there soon and some of this info helps. Have agreat weekend.

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      Andrew Spacey 2 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      This is an impressive piece of work. I like the way you've incorporated your own photos into the guided tour of the Louvre plus you've provided more than enough useful information to enable anyone to have a great time viewing.

      Paris has such a wealth of culture it's difficult to know where to begin but your article is a great starting point.

      Sharing with my followers and votes for such hard work.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      This is definitely on my bucket list! I did not know that they allowed photos in the museum. Wow. And your photos of it are outstanding (as always). And if I decide to take advantage of the free Sunday admission, looks like I'd been spending at least a few months in Paris (*snickers*). Thanks for sharing your amazing work with us!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Thank you. Your tips and advice might finally be sinking in here. I never claimed to be a fast learner :). I do hope you make it there someday Bill, the Louvre really is one of this worlds great treasures. Nothing I write or any pictures can really do it justice. Thanks as always and enjoy the weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the title, Bill. I would need to know how to survive a visit there, because I would be in danger of a heart attack if I ever made it over there...the shock of actually traveling might be too much for me. :)

      Seriously, I love the title...great grabber...and the information is topnotch, buddy.

      Happy weekend to you.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Rebekah. It certainly was an overwhelming experience. After seeing the biggie's we did spend most of our time in the Greek, Roman and Egyptian Departments. Fascinating stuff. I think seeing the Mona Lisa is just as much about seeing the hordes of people as the painting itself :). There is so much to see in the Louvre and we look forward to returning and seeing some of the areas that we missed. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      rebekahELLE 2 years ago from Tampa Bay

      You've written a superb hub about visiting the Louvre with very helpful tips. It's one of those places that once you're inside, it's somewhat overwhelming without a plan as how to navigate the enormous treasure filled palace. I personally loved going through the Egyptian and Greek, Roman Antiquities departments. The gallery paintings were so huge it was an awe inducing experience gazing at some of the greatest artwork ever. As has been mentioned, the Mona Lisa was so crowded with people holding up cameras/phones, that I found it less than inspiring.

      I would love to go again, and visit the areas I wasn't able to see. It also usually hosts specific exhibitions for a period of time. When I was there, there was a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit of his pencil drawings which was very much worth observing. @Sheila, I also loved the Musee d'Orsay experience. If in Paris, it's also very much worth visiting. Wonderful work here, Bill, as always!

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Sheila. Yeah, I was amazed at how large the Louvre is. I knew it was big, but it's really big. I did not come across suggested routes but they may still do this. We mapped out our route ahead of time and it worked well. I'm not an art expert but I guess I don't get all the hype with the Mona Lisa also. The Wedding Feast at Cana and the Coronation of Napoleon I thought were amazing.

      I will say that it was an adventure and we look forward to visiting again in the future. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

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      SheilaMilne 2 years ago from Kent, UK

      I don't know if they still do it but The Louvre used to provide a brochure that suggested routes of different lengths depending on how much time you wanted to spend there. The main things I remember are being a little disappointed by the Mona Lisa., and the enormous size of the Louvre. I thought the Musee d'Orsay was easier to navigate.

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