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History of the Louvre museum

If you come to Paris, you won´t be able to live without visiting the largest museum in the world: Louvre Museum. Everyone is talking about this museum in the entire world, perhaps you heard one thousand and one different commentaries about it. Don´t worry, here you will understand why all those people talk and talk about this museum and we will show you some interesting information and a few tips in order to maximize your Parisian experience within the Louvre museum.

The Louvre museum Louvre museumwas first a castle, build in the year 1190 by King Charles V, and converted into a royal palace, where kings were used to hang paintings on the walls or even accumulate artistic collections within their rooms. The building was opened to general public as a museum in 1793 for the first time, as a consequence of the French Republic. After almost a century, in 1871, the museum was damage by a fire set to the nearby Tuileries Palace during the Paris Commune, and many important masterpieces were consequently burnt. In 1989, the museum opened its famous glass pyramid, designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, as a result of a deep modernization plan.

Louvre museumCurrently, the Louvre presents more than 70.000 square meters to visit, which is the equivalent of 10 football fields! Since the Louvre owns so many artworks, “only” 35.000 masterpieces are shown in Paris, while the rest is hidden in underground stores near the museum. To allow (the) public to also see the rest of the collections, the Louvre experience is now available in two other locations in the world: Lens (France) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). A funny anecdote about the storage: in 2011, the Seine river flooded and, consequently, many of the masterpieces hidden had to be taken off to the exposition rooms so the museum had to be closed for a few weeks!

Louvre museum

Louvre Museum

While in Paris you shouldn’t miss the Louvre museum! It’s the largest museum in the world, hosting more than 35,000 masterpieces and welcoming more than 9 million visitors per year.

 

What will you see ?

Louvre museumIn the Louvre, you can see art from prehistory until the beginning of the XIX century.

You will discover paintings, sculptures, furniture and much more! There is something for everyone.

Main masterpieces include : Mona Lisa, Venus of Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Wedding Feast of Cana, Liberty Leading the People.

How to experience it ?

louvre museumYou should prepare beforehand and definitely book your ticket in advance if you want to skip the up to 2 hours long line. If it’s your first visit, we suggest you to focus on the main masterpieces tour, which allows you to see around 10 of the most famous masterpieces of the world in approximately 2 hours.

If it’s not your first visit or you want to take more time in the museum, we recommend that you prepare your visit in advance by checking out a map of the museum and planning what type of art you want to see (View museum map here). You can also arrange an official guided tour with the museum directly at the welcome desk, located by the ticket booths (price in addition to your entry ticket).

We recommend that you arrive in the morning to have plenty of time to enjoy the museum. There are places to get a snack just outside the entrance gate if you wish to spend the full day, like Starbucks. Keep in mind that the museum closes at 6pm and that the guards begin to empty the place approximately 30 minutes earlier.

Practical information

  • Hours: Everyday from 9am to 6pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Late opening until 10pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Prices: 15€. Free under 18 year old and for European resident under 26 with valid proof of residence. Tickets are available in ParisByM’s packages.

 

Additional sightseeings in Paris

Seine River Cruise

City Bus Tour

Versailles Castle