“I spent 8 hours in the Louvre, and it wasn’t enough!” That is how I replied when once asked about my visit to the famous museum.
It is no secret that the Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic central landmark in Paris, France. The Louvre houses vast collection of art and architecture from all corners of the world. What made the Louvre Museum more interesting is on how the galleries are presented with a chronological order; From the Persian and Mesopotamian collection to the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Renaissance, to the contributions of Monet, among other 19th/20th century iconic artists. As the galleries somewhat bring visitors back in time, a full day in the Louvre definitely isn’t enough, especially for the art and architecture junkies.
Here are some tips when planning to visit the Louvre,
- Entrance Ticket is at 15 Euro for a full day visit. Assessing how much art the museum houses, 15 Euro (750 pesos) is already worth every penny. There are packaged passes for multiple museums for 45 to 72 Euro, but I opt not to avail such pass since I only intend to visit the Louvre.
- The iconic glass pyramid is the museum’s main entrance, and lines at this point of entry almost always go crazy long. As advised by experienced friends, I bought my ticket at Carrousel du Louvre, which is the basement mall connected to the Louvre Museum. The Mall also connects the museum to the Paris Metro Rail. As soon as you exit the metro station and enter the Mall, the ticket booth/souvenir shop is at the left side. Very much lesser line here, as compared to the main entrance.
- As blogs mentioned, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the lease busy days. But still, expect to fall in line prior to entering for security check up. I visited the museum on a Thursday morning at the opening hour(10 am); Fell in line for just around 15 minutes.
- For visitors with longer time, I recommend to start with the Persian and Greek on the Left Wing, going up the loop. The Galleries are presented via timeline, making it a much easier experience.
- For visitors with limited time, refer to the free booklet given at the entrance to go straight to the most iconic galleries, such as the Mona Lisa.
- Unlike other museums, visitors may bring bottled water and some light snacks if intended to stay long. They are not strict on that, or at least during my visit.
- Visiting hours are listed at www.louvre.fr/en
Anyways, here is how I spent my visit to the famous museum. More photos to follow =)