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The Louvre in Paris, France is the world’s largest art museum and there’s so much to see, from the Louvre pyramids outside to the Mona Lisa inside. You’ll find rooms upon rooms of paintings, sculptures, artifacts, and more.

What To Do at the Louvre Museum

Established in 1793, this historical landmark is located on the Seine’s Right Bank in the first arrondissement of Paris. One of the things I love doing most in Paris is heading to the Louvre to spend a day exploring.

The museum is huge with so many different rooms, hallways, and stairwells, it’s easy to get lost. You could spend a week there and still not even see the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the museum has to offer!

Inside the Louvre

If you’re heading to the Louvre for the first time, it can be overwhelming. I’m going to share a few of my personal favorites with you. Pick and choose what to see based on your personal interests!

The Louvre Pyramid

Louvre Pyramid

Even before you enter inside the Louvre, you’re immersed in art. There’s a large glass pyramid in the Louvre courtyard, which functions as the entrance to the museum. This main pyramid is surrounded by three smaller glass pyramids.

The fifth pyramid is an inverted pyramid, visible from inside underground when you use the carousel entrance to the museum.

Louvre at Night

Above: The Louvre Pyramid is also beautiful at night!

Louvre Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

Let’s be honest; if you’re heading to the Louvre, the one painting you probably don’t want to miss is the Mona Lisa! It’s her mysterious, magical smile, right?

Mona Lisa Close Up

Known as La Giaconda in Italian and La Joconde in French, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is one of the most well-renowned pieces of art in the world. Painted during the Italian Renaissance, King Francis I of France acquired this painting and it’s been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum since 1797.

I’ve been to the Louvre twice and each time, the Mona Lisa was in a different part of the museum. However, there are lots of signs showing the way, or you can ask a museum employee where it’s located.

Faith and Lara with Mona Lisa

We couldn’t help but pose for a picture with the Mona Lisa!

Winged Victory of Samothrace the Louvre

Hallway of Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre

Also known as the Nike of Samothrace, this marble sculpture of the goddess Nike was created during the 2nd century BC.

The sculptor is unknown, but it’s thought that Pythokritos of Lindos may have created this Hellenistic masterpiece.

Winged Victory of Samothrace Close Up

Venus de Milo the Louvre

Venus de Milo

This ancient Greek statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty. Created between 130 to 100 BC, this marble sculpture was thought to be the work of Praxiteles, but is now believed to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch.

Louvre Artworks

Here are a few more pieces of art from the Louvre, including more works from da Vinci, as well as Raphael and Poussin.

I also included the informational placard for each piece of art.

La Nativite Painting

La Nativite Placard

Le Temps Soustrait la Verite aux Atteintes de l'Envie et de la Discourde Painting

Le Temps Soustrait la Verite aux Atteintes de l'Envie et de la Discourde Placard

David with the Head of Goliath Placard Painting

David with the Head of Goliath Placard

Firework and Decorative Preparations in Piazza Navona Rome Painting

Firework and Decorative Preparations in Piazza Navona Rome Placard

Le Mole Painting

Le Mole Placard

La Vierge aux Rochers Painting

La Vierge aux Rochers Placard

Le Grand Saint Michel Painting

Le Grand Saint Michel Placard

Couronne de Louis XV

Couronne de Louis XV Placard

Parade Helmet of Charles VI

Parade Helmet of Charles VI Placard

Louvre Museum Tickets

To avoid what is usually a very long ticket line at the museum, I recommend purchasing tickets for the Louvre online. Here is the website for the Official Ticketing Service.

Louvre Information

Hours

The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
The museum will be open on; December 24 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (no night opening).
Closed on the following holidays: January 1, May 1, December 25

Address

Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Telephone

Tel. +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17 (except Tuesday)

Email

info@louvre.fr

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