The Louvre was built in the 1100s. It was originally a defensive castle that protected Paris from Norman and English invaders. During the Crusades, it became part of the large defensive fortifications built around the city.
Over time, it was used as a treasury and royal residence, and it was eventually converted to a royal palace. After the fall of the monarchy, the Louvre was used for government offices. Eventually, it was renovated again and has become one of the best-known museums in the world.
Art-lovers around the world flock to see famous paintings, sculptures, and artefacts behind its doors!
What to Know
Because of its size, the museum has many sections and entrances and not all sections are open every day. Before you buy tickets, you should make sure the pieces you want to see are open that day. Tickets can be bought at the door, but its important to note the Louvre only accepts Euros.
Sun: 9:00 18:00
Mon: 9:00 18:00
Wed: 9:00 22:00
Thurs: 9:00 18:00
Fri: 9:00 22:00
Sat: 9:00 18:00
The Louvre is closed on 1st May, 11th November, 25th December, and 1st January. All permanent collections and temporary exhibitions close at 17:00 on the 24th and 31st December.
Some entrances also have different hours than the others, so youll need to incorporate this into your travel plans.
Passage Richelieu entrance: 9:00 18:00, closed Tuesdays
Galerie du Carrousel and Pyramid entrances: 9:00 22:00, closed Tuesdays
Porte des Lions entrance: 9:00 17:30, closed Tuesdays and Fridays
There are a variety of different ticket options for different times and sections.
- Temporary Exhibitions (Hall Napolon): Only gives access to Hall Napolon
- Combined Day Pass: Admission to all open sections of the Louvre and the Muse Eugne Delacroix
- Combined Evening Pass: Admission to all permanent and temporary exhibits in the Louvre and the Muse Eugne Delacroix from 18:00 21:45 on Wednesdays and Fridays
- General Day Pass: All-day admission to the Louvre and the Muse Eugne Delacroix. *Note: Does not include admission to the Hall Napolon
- General Evening Pass: Admission to the Louvre on Wednesday and Friday from 18:00 21:45. *Note: Does not include admission to the Hall Napolon
Where to Stay
- Htel Daubusson:The Htel Daubussons interior is in the heart of the Latin Quarter. It features a beautiful pool, luxury spa, and a high-end jazz caf.
- Htel de la Place du Louvre - Esprit de France:The Htel de la Place du Louvre is right next to the Louvre. The location could not be more convenient for exploring downtown Paris.
- Htel Normandy Mtro Pyramides:For those on a budget, look no further than the Htel Normandy Mtro. This 3-star hotel is a great deal for your money.
- Le Village Montmartre:This highly rated hostel is known for its colourful rooms and large garden terrace. It has dorms and private rooms as well as a kitchen.
- Smart Place Paris Gare du Nord:This hostel is located near many restaurants and public transportation, making it a great choice for people who want to travel a lot.
What Else to Do in Paris
The Louvre is only one of many must-see stops in Paris. Other popular attractions include the nearby Eiffel Tower and the famous Notre Dame church. If youre looking for some good family fun, make sure to check out Disneyland Paris! Check out our list of things to do in Paris for more suggestions!
How to Get There
The three most popular ways to get to the Louvre are via the Metro, bus, or by driving. The best way to access the Louvre is to use the metro entrance or the Porte des Lions entrance.
Visitors who take the metro have 4 nearby stations to choose from: line 1 at the Tuileries and Louvre-Rivoli stations, line 7 at the Pont Neuf station, and lines 1 and 7 at the Palais Royal Muse station. Those arriving by bus can take the 21, 27, 76, 69, or 95 lines.
For those who wish to drive, there is limited parking on the streets near the Louvre. The best option is to utilise one of the many parking lots nearby, which can be reserved in advance. Most train stations and airports have car rentals available.