Louvre Museum in Paris – Top Tourists Attraction

The busiest visitor attraction and first stop in paris for most art lovers is the Louvre, the largest museum in the western world.

The Louvre, in its successive architectural metamorphoses, has dominated central Paris since the late 12th century. Largest museum of France, The Louvre Museum (Le Musée du Louvre in French) presents collections of western art from the Middle Ages to 1850, and the antique civilisations that have preceded and influenced this art. The Louvre, originally a royal palace but now the world’s most famous museum, is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. Some of the museum’s most celebrated works of art include the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo. Originally the building was a fortress and if you go to the basement you can see the original walls which date from 1190. In the 16th Century it was turned into a Renaissance style palace which housed the royal art collection which consisted of a dozen paintings by such artists as Leonardo di Vinci and Raphael that had been stolen from Italy. The palace was expanded and renovated and was the home of King Louis XIV until he moved to Versailles and the place fell into disrepair, full of bums, bars and brothels. (Actually it must have been amazing during that period).The Louvre once again became the home for some of the royal art of Louis XIV and Marie Antionette shortly before their beheadings in 1793 when it held over 2500 pieces. Though originally only kings and royalty were able to view the art, after the French Revolution the doors were opened for everyone. It contains some of the most famous pieces in the world including the Venus di Milo, Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace and the best collection of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquities, and paintings from the middle ages to be found under one roof.

The collection of the Louvre Museum was first established in the sixteenth century as the private collection of King Francis I. One of the works of art he purchased was the now famous Mona Lisa painting. The collection grew steadily thanks to donations and purchases by the kings. In 1793, during the French Revolution, the Louvre became a national art museum and the private royal collection opened to the public. The museum has a collection of over one million works of art, of which about 35,000 are on display, spread out over three wings of the former palace. The museum has a diverse collection ranging from the Antiquity up to the mid-nineteenth century. Some of the most famous works of art in the museum are the Venus of Milo, the Nike of Samothrake, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Travel Guide and Tourist Attractions

Famous Louvre Museum in Paris

Tourist in Louvre Museum

Tickets:

Entrance to the Louvre is €9. If you head there after 6pm on a Wednesday or Friday, entrance is reduced to just €6 and the museum is open until 9.45pm. Entrance is free for under 26s on Friday evenings. On Bastille Day (14 July) and the first Sunday of each month entrance is free for everyone, all day. Be warned though, the galleries get even more busy at these times.

Opening hours:

Daily from 9am to 6pm (except Tuesday, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December). Until 10pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month.

Make the most of your Paris Pass:

– Free entry to the Louvre Museum – normal admission cost €12
– Skip the queues with exclusive Fast Track Entry
– Please Note: The Paris Pass will only be accepted for parties of 6 people or less at a time.

Tuileries Garden

Parisians are truly fond of picnics. You can have a classical one in the Versailles Garden, but also in the Tuileries, where you can mingle with Parisians looking for a nice place to sit and enjoy their sandwiches. In this Paris Garden, you will be able to admire the palace, but also the Concorde Plaza on the other side. If you come during summer, you may be lucky enough to have a great time in the Tuileries Amusement park, in the real heart of Paris.

Egyptian Antiquities

From 4000 BC to the 4th century the Egyptian Antiquities department is well worth a visit for its huge span of artefacts from Ancient Egypt to the Byzantine era, and everything in between. Artefacts include the Large Sphinx, papyrus scrolls, mummies, jewels and clothing, among objects from the Middle Kingdom such as the statues of Amenemhatankh, Nephthys and Hathor.

Greek, Etruscan and Roman Department

Notre Dame pier is the second location you can board the Bateaux ParThe Greek, Etruscan and Roman collection dates from the Neolithic (New Stone Age) to the 6th century and the decline of the Roman Empire. As one of the oldest departments at the Louvre, it was initially curated by Francis I in the 16th century, who acquired marble statues such as that of Venus de Milo.

Shop as a parisian on Rue De Rivoli

Parisians do not tend to go shopping so much on the Champs Elysées… They are rather used to spending an afternoon on Rue de Rivoli: One of the best shopping areas in Paris. There you can find all the shops you need. As the street goes along the Louvre Museum, it will be really easy for you to find it after your visit to have a café and a nice time in Paris!


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