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How to Survive a Visit to the Louvre

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Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre

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.

Louvre

Louvre

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 makes 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

Looking out from inside the Pyramid

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.
  • The fee for the Permanent Collections is 15 euros purchased at the museum.
  • Quick access ticket purchased online is 17 euros.
  • Leonardo da Vinci Exhibit 17 euros.
  • Combined ticket is 26 euros.
  • 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

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 during the weekend period, especially during peak tourist season (June - August). I would pick a weekday 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

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

Beneath the Pyramid at the Carrousel Entrance

Beneath the Pyramid at the Carrousel Entrance

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

Statue of Athena

Strategy

Before visiting the Louvre you have to 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 12 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

Mona Lisa

The Crowd at the Mona Lisa

Crowd at the Mona Lisa

Crowd at the Mona Lisa

Tips

  • There are elevators available to get from one floor to another.
  • 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 sight 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

Venus de Milo

Winged Victory Statue

Winged Victory Statue

Winged Victory Statue

Coronation of Napoleon

Coronation of Napoleon

Coronation of Napoleon

The Wedding Feast at Cana

The Wedding Feast at Cana

The Wedding Feast at Cana

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.

Au Revoir

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the size of the Louvre?

Answer: The Louvre is big, very big. The total area of the museum is almost 783,000 square feet, and it contains over 38,000 pieces of art. It would take a number of days to see it all. The Louvre is also the most visited museum in the world, receiving over 8 million visitors annually.

Question: You mention going to the gardens for a recharge, is it possible to re-enter the museum (obviously again through security) with the same ticket at the Louvre?

Answer: Yes, your ticket is good for the day so you can leave, recharge, have lunch, and then re-enter going through security again.

© 2014 Bill De Giulio

Comments

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on January 03, 2020:

Thank you Dominique. Glad you enjoyed the hub. There is so much to see in Paris and the Louvre is definitely one of the highlights.

Dominique Cantin-Meaney from Montreal, Canada on January 03, 2020:

This is definitely useful information. I've never to Paris, but when I do I'd love to visit the Louvre. I'll definitely remember this when I visit.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on June 29, 2019:

Looks like they have changed their policy since our visit. Thanks for the heads up, I will update the article.

Merle on June 28, 2019:

"Don’t be afraid to leave and take a break and then return, your ticket is good all day"

Are you sure this is true? The website says "Once visitors leave the museum (through the Pyramid or the Porte des Lions), they will not be able to re-enter."

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 29, 2017:

Thank you Maria. It is certainly overwhelming.

Maria Elizabeth from Cheshire/Greater Manchester, UK on May 29, 2017:

Love your accurate descriptions and photos

visite parisienne from Paris on April 01, 2016:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 04, 2015:

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

Neetu M from USA on May 03, 2015:

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

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

Thank you Au fait. My first one :)

C E Clark from North Texas on May 03, 2015:

Congratulations on having HOTD!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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

Neetu M from USA on May 03, 2015:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 03, 2015:

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

BarbaraCasey on May 03, 2015:

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.

Kawika Chann from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place on May 03, 2015:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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.

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on May 03, 2015:

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!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 03, 2015:

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

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on May 03, 2015:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 03, 2015:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 03, 2015:

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.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 03, 2015:

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!

sosown on May 03, 2015:

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!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 04, 2014:

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.

Claudia Mitchell on December 04, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 24, 2014:

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.

Melody Lassalle from California on November 23, 2014:

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!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 23, 2014:

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

Joel Diffendarfer from Jonesville on November 23, 2014:

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.....

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 19, 2014:

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.

Kate Mcguire from London, United Kingdom on November 19, 2014:

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

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 18, 2014:

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.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 18, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 14, 2014:

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

Angela Joseph from Florida on November 14, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 13, 2014:

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

Dilip Chandra from India on November 12, 2014:

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

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 10, 2014:

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.

Giovanna from UK on November 10, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 10, 2014:

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.

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on November 10, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 09, 2014:

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

breakfastpop on November 09, 2014:

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

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 09, 2014:

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.

Judy Specht from California on November 08, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 08, 2014:

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.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 08, 2014:

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

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 08, 2014:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 08, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 08, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 08, 2014:

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.

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on November 08, 2014:

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.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on November 08, 2014:

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!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 08, 2014:

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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 08, 2014:

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.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 08, 2014:

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.

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on November 08, 2014:

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!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 08, 2014:

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.

SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on November 08, 2014:

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.