What to see at the Louvre in Paris: timetables, prices and tips

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It is one of most famous museums in the world, "home" of artistic works and archaeological finds of the highest historical-cultural value, coming from almost every corner of the globe. French and international visitors, every day, flock to the entrance of the Louvre, in Paris, to admire the Mona Lisa and the countless works contained within this striking building. Let's find out together which are the unmissable pieces inside the legendary former royal fortress.

Here are the works not to be missed.


  1. La Gioconda
  2. Virgin of the Rocks
  3. Love and Psyche
  4. Nike of Samothrace
  5. Venus de Milo
  6. Crucifix in the Louvre
  7. The Oath of the Horatii
  8. The Sabine women
  9. Freedom that guides the people
  10. Hours and prices
  11. Online tickets and guided tours
  12. User questions and comments

1 - The Mona Lisa

Also known as Mona Lisa, the queen work of the Louvre, a portrait made by an Italian artist who needs no introduction. The mystery hovers around theenigmatic figure of the Mona Lisa, whose time and consequent wear have not, however, affected its timeless charm.

  • creation date: About 1503 - 1506
  • Author: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Dimensions: 77 cm x 53 cm, with a thickness of 13 mm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil portrait on poplar wood panel

2 - Virgin of the Rocks

there two versions of this extraordinary painting with a religious theme, the second of which is preserved in London. The author of this painting is always our Leonardo da Vinci.

  • creation date: 1483 - 1486
  • Author: Leonardo da Vinci
  • Dimensions: 199 cm x 122 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil on panel transferred to canvas depicting religious themes

3 - Cupid and Psyche

Refined eroticism and statuesque plasticity give this one sculptural work a timeless charm, despite the fact that at the time of its creation it was received rather coldly by a good part of art criticism. Nobody, today, can take their eyes off this monumental display of love.

  • creation date: 1787 - 1793
  • Author: Antonio Canova
  • Dimensions: 155 cm high
  • Technique and subject of the work: sculptural group in white marble depicting the subjects of Cupid and Psyche

4 - Nike of Samothrace

A headless victory, but not without appeal, is the one preserved inside the Parisian Louvre. A work dating back to the time of ancient Greece, but always current, mentioned by contemporary artists and thinkers as an emblem of a past that is perhaps too "slow", but undoubtedly of more unique than rare beauty.

  • creation date: About 200 - 180 BC
  • Author: Pitocritus (authorship not percent attestable)
  • Dimensions: 245 cm high
  • Technique and subject of the work: Parian marble statue depicting the goddess Nike without arms or head

5 - Venus de Milo

A Hellenistic work that, although not complete (as in the case of the Nike of Samothrace), is a perfect testimony of the perfectionism of Greek sculptors, always in search of absolute beauty and the humanization of otherworldly divinities.

  • creation date: About 130 BC
  • Author: Alexander of Antioch
  • Dimensions: 202 cm high
  • Technique and subject of the work: Parian marble sculpture depicting Aphrodite without arms

6 - Crucifix of the Louvre

Religious work of uncertain paternity, also due to the not really optimal state of conservation in which it arrived, in 1863, at the Parisian museum.

  • creation date: About 1315
  • Author: Giotto and collaborators (paternity uncertain)
  • Dimensions: 277 cm x 225 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: shaped cross depicting Christ, painted in tempera and gold on wood

7 - The Oath of the Horatii

The painting considered to be fully entitled represents a story linked to a Roman legend manifesto of Neoclassicism, full of solemnity and calm pain (represented by the composed suffering of the three women on the right of the painting).

  • creation date: 1785
  • Author: Jacques-Louis David
  • Dimensions: 330 cm x 425 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oath of the three Roman brothers - the Horatii - Oil painting on canvas

8 - The Sabine women

The search for peace in a post-revolutionary France is the message that the artist wants to convey in one of his most iconic and well-known works in the world.

  • creation date: 1794 - 1799
  • Author: Jacques-Louis David
  • Dimensions: 385 cm x 522 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: oil painting on canvas depicting the Sabine women trying to prevent a war between the Romans and the Sabines

9 - Freedom leading the people

Marianne is the absolute protagonist of this painting considered revolutionary at the time of its creation. The message the artist wants to convey is that, for the sake of freedom, everyone is willing to fight side by side, regardless of age and social class. There is a strong descriptive-realistic component within a work that celebrates the great French pride.

  • creation date: 1830
  • Author: Eugène Delacroix
  • Dimensions: 260 cm x 325 cm
  • Technique and subject of the work: the French people rebel against the oppressor. Oil painting on canvas

Hours and prices

The Louvre Museum is open all year round, except for Tuesdays, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and May 24st. On 31 and 17 December the building closes at 00:.

  • Mon-Thu-Sat-Sun 09:00 - 18:00; Wednesday and Friday 09:00 - 21:45
  • Full ticket: € 15,00 (the price also includes admission to the Eugène Delacroix Museum)
  • Reductions: the following categories enter the Louvre for free: under 18, young people aged 18 to 25 resident in the European Union, disabled and their carers, unemployed looking for work, teachers of art, history and applied arts
  • Any other business: every Friday, starting from 18:00, admission to the Louvre is free for under 26s with an identity document. From October to March, admission to the Museum is free for everyone every first Sunday of the month. Free admission to all is also scheduled on 14 July (National Day)

Online tickets and guided tours

  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Louvre museum: from € 19,00 per person - Discover the offer
  • Skip-the-line entry with audio guide: from € 39,00 per person - Discover the offer
  • Skip-the-line entry with guided tour: from € 59,00 per person - Discover the offer

Where is it and how to get there

The Louvre Museum can be reached in a few minutes by major means of transport, as well as on foot or by car, in less than 20 minutes.

  • On foot: from the city center heading north on Quai de l'Hôtel de ville towards Rue de RiFlights, the Louvre can be reached in 17 minutes
  • By bus: with buses n ° 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 you can reach the stop at the Louvre in about 16 minutes
  • By metro: the yellow line n ° 1 departing from the City Hall stop allows you to reach the attraction in just 10 minutes
  • Directions: Google Maps

Useful tips for visiting the Louvre

A premise is a must when it comes to the immense Louvre Museum: a whole day would not be enough to explore it all! However, organizing a tour inside the attraction, admiring its main wonders, is not only possible, but can also be organized, as long as you respect the rules governing the building.

  1. Get up early: reach the Museum at least one hour before opening, due to the tight controls at the entrance
  2. Choose the right day: avoid planning your visit every first Sunday of the month (from October to March) or Monday: these are the days when the queue in front of the Museum could become interminable
  3. Buy the city card: The Paris Pass offers free entry to over 60 attractions in the city, including the Louvre
  4. Priority ticket: it is possible to buy your ticket in advance, also choosing from the different types of tours that the Museum offers to visitors
  5. Watch out for restrictions: it is forbidden to enter the museum with baggage or bulky suitcases. Baggage no larger than 55 x 35 x 20 cm (21,5 x 13,5 x 7,5 inches) can be accepted and stored in the appropriate lockers after being checked
  6. Minimum time: it takes at least three hours to visit the Louvre; the ideal would be to patrol the attraction for at least half a day
  7. Use a map: you can download it here or get one for free at the information point in the Museum, located in the Hall Napoléon
  8. Clothing: given the size of the museum, it is advisable to wear comfortable clothes and shoes to be able to move with ease. It must also be remembered that there is a real risk of muggings even inside the structure, which is why it is important to always carry a purse with money and documents, never to lose sight of it. Finally, it is advisable not to keep money and documents on display, or in the back pockets of your trousers. It is possible to photograph the works inside the Museum, respecting the appropriate safety distances from the works

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