THE LOUVRE MUSEUM
THE MONNA LISA LOVES THE LOUVRE MUSEUM
Staying in Paris and missing the greatest museum in the world? No way... The Louvre Museum is the number one cultural reference in Paris and worldwide!
This glass pyramid located next to the Jardin des Tuileries in the 1st arrondissement of the capital is the cultural meeting point of every vacationer. Between 8 and 10 million visitors every year, the Louvre Museum never ceases to impress with its surface area and its quantity of works of art. It should be noted that the Louvre was once a fortress for the protection of Paris in the 12th century, then a Royal Palace, and finally a Museum.
The Louvre, conceived in 1793 as a universal museum, has 73,000 m2 of floor space divided into 400 rooms in three wings (Richelieu, Sully and Denon), 500,000 works of art, 35,000 of which are on display, retracing 10,000 years of history, 673 glass diamonds and triangles (its pyramid), and four different routes to take.
Generally, the average time to visit a good part of this museum is 3-4 hours. Count on much more if you wish to venture into all the joys that the Louvre gathers. If your trip to Paris is rather short, the Louvre offers 4 trails that last from 1 hour to 1h30. You have the choice of going to see "the Louvre’s masterpieces" (the universal ones) like The Mona Lisa and The Venus de Milo, or the "Journey along the Nile" (the time of the pharaohs), the one “Secret treasures of the Richelieu wing”, and finally the trail " Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Louvre highlights" (yes the Louvre Museum was the setting in 2018 for their Apes**t video!).
THE LARGEST MUSEUM IN THE WORLD
Art is represented in all its forms: paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, art objects... which recall the history from Antiquity to 1848.
If your childish soul resurfaces during your vacation, we recommend you visit the museum with an audio guide. An audio guide on Nintendo 3DS system available in 9 languages and geo-localized to show you your position in the museum and lead you to the right place! On this Nintendo you'll have the itineraries and content on the current temporary exhibitions available too! A fun way to discover all the secrets of History and Art.
We also recommend the Friday night tours. At this time of the day, it is a completely different atmosphere that emerges from the works. You will not see them in the same way.
To conclude, don't hesitate to stop by the bookstores to come back with a souvenir!