The largest art museum in the world is located inside the Louvre Palace which was once the residence of the French kings. It began its existence as a 12th-century fortress and its parts can still be seen in today’s Louvre.
The palace was turned into a public museum during the French Revolution and it was opened for the first time in 1793. Nowadays, its most admired piece of art is Mona Lisa by Da Vinci.
The museum is very large, covers nearly all epochs of human history (except for modern art) and seeing all of its parts can be both exhausting and time-consuming. The multilingual maps provided in the museum for free might prove handy while picking the best route that would include all of the things that interest you (e.g Greek Antiquities, Pharaonic Egypt, Renaissance Art, Large-Format Paintings, Napoleon III Apartments etc.).
You might spend quite some time queuing for the tickets. If you want to avoid the queues, you can buy your tickets online. The Louvre is easily reachable by metro (lines 1, 7).
Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun: 9 am - 6 pm
Wed, Fri: 9 am - 9:45 pm
Rooms close 30 min prior to museum closing.
Closed on Tuesdays, Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25.
General admission: €15 (covers permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in both the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix)
Free admission for visitors under 18, 18-25-year-old EEA residents, teachers of art, the disabled and the person accompanying them.
Free admission for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month from Oct to Mar and on Bastille Day (July 14).
Free admission for visitors under 26 every Friday from 6 p.m.