The Louvre Museum it is one of the most important museums in the world and certainly the most visited. Much of its fame is due to the painting of the Mona Lisa, also known as the Mona Lisa, made by the great master Leonardo da Vinci.
The Louvre, nicknamed the Great Lady of art museums, ranges from works of ancient civilizations Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Greek, ai masterpieces made by the most important artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt.
This famous museum was initially a palace that housed particular art collections of the kings of France. The museum's already impressive collection grew at full speed, thanks to appropriate artwork from Napoleon, during various wars across Europe. This he made of the Louvre the largest art collection in the world, with 35 thousand works.
The Louvre is one of the largest and most representative museums in the world. Its majestic and classic silhouette makes it one of the most recognized symbols of central Paris. The collection focuses on two important periods in the history of art: that of the works of ancient civilizations and that of Western European art, from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century.
What to see in the Louvre
The Louvre Museum it's not just home to the Mona Lisa, but also other important works such as the Venus de Milo and the Nike of Samothrace. They are kept inside over 35.000 artistic treasures, from works of ancient civilization to those of the mid-nineteenth century.
To see everything it would take at least a week. Then what works to see in the Louvre to leave the museum fully satisfied? Here are the main 12 works a must see when visiting the Parisian museum.
- the Venus de Milo: discovered on the island of Milo in 1820, a symbol of female beauty in the classical age
- the Nike of Samothrace, the winged goddess of victory found on the island of Samothrace
- the Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world by Leonardo Da Vinci
- Cupid and psyche, the perfect image of two lovers by Antonio Canova
- the Virgin of the Rocks, a marvel signed by Leonardo Da Vinci
- the Raft of the Medusa, by Theodore Gericault
- the Belle Jardiniere, by Raphael
- Liberty leading the people, beautiful painting by Eugène Delacroix
- the Death of the Virgin, by Caravaggio
- the Wedding at Cana, by Paolo Caliari known as Veronese
- the Coronation of Napoleon, by Jacques Louis David
- the Code of Hammurabi, dating from the 18th century BC
When to visit the Louvre
The Louvre Museum is open every day, except Tuesday and on rare occasions when it is closed. If you want to visit the museum well it is better to arrive in the morning or after lunch at the latest, to have enough time to visit this gigantic museum.
Il first Saturday of each month, the museum is also open from 18:00 to 21:45 and admission is free for all visitors.
Monday: from 9: 00 to 18: 00
Wednesday: from 9:00 to 21:45
Thursday: from 9:00 to 18:00
Friday: from 9:00 to 21:45
Saturday: from 9:00 to 18:00
Sunday: from 9: 00 to 18: 00
Holiday closing: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
Louvre Museum Tickets: prices and free admission
I tickets purchased online, allow fast entry to the museum (in less than 30 minutes) and cost € 17
The cost of ticket purchased at the museum is € 15
They can enter for free, showing a document, the following visitors (every day):
- children under the age of 18
- EU residents under 26 years old
- disabled visitors and their assistants
Admission is free for all visitors the first Saturday of each month from 18:00 pm to 21:45 pm and Bastille Day (July 14).
How to reach us
As with any other attraction in Paris, including the Louvre Museum, the most convenient way to get there is by metro. However, it can also be reached by metro, by car or by batobus.
If you want to arrive by metro (the most convenient solution), take metro line 1 or 7 and get off at Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre, or line 14 and get off at Pyramides.
The bus lines leading to the museum are: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95
If you want to arrive by batobus, a river transport service on the Seine, get off at the Louvre stop, along Francois Mitterand.
If you arrive by car, you can park your car in the underground car park, whose entrance is on Avenue du Général Lemonier. The car park is open every day from 7:00 to 23:00
Tips for visiting
The size of the museum is impressive. The south facade, facing the Seine, measures 700 meters. It is recommended that you download guides from the web before your visit, or buy one multimedia guide at the entrance, at a cost of 5 euros. This will make it easier for you to explore this labyrinth of artistic treasures.
Official website of the Louvre Museum: www.louvre.fr