The Louvre, which is the largest building, as well as one of the main museums in the world. The exterior is sumptuous, marvelous, with the famous glass pyramid, 21 meters high, in the center. To the west of the Pyramid is the Arc de Triomphe du Carousel, the work of Visconti and Lefuel; to the west and to the south, three pavilions face each other.
Over 5 million people visit the Louvre Museum every year – truly extraordinary numbers.
The Museum’s collections are divided into three sections: Sully, Denon and Richelieu.Visiting all departments thoroughly is literally impossible, as it would take several days. Simply follow your tastes, informing yourself in advance of the collections. The official website of the Louvre is, in this sense, a monstrous source of information. Visit the portal because each work exhibited in the museum is carefully cataloged, explained, and located to be easily found during a future visit.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” remains one of the precious pieces exhibited at the Louvre Museum. Today, even more observed, due to Dan Brown’s bestseller “The Da Vinci Code”, from which Ron Howard made a blockbuster movie. I dwell on Leonardo’s most celebrated work, also because, to say a little of everything, about such a large museum, is like saying nothing.
The Louvre museum obviously boasts numerous sections of immense value, including that of archeology with truly extraordinary pieces. We move from the art of the Near East, to Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman, up to Islamic art. Among the archaeological works exhibited in the Louvre, the Hellenistic “Nike” of Samothrace, when it takes off its magical flight from the prow of a ship; the Greek “Knight Rampin”, from 550 BC. approximately; for the section of Ancient Egypt, the Annals of Thutmosis III, from Karnak, Luxor, dating back to 1479-1425 BC, deserve it.
The Museum is open every day, from Friday to Monday, from 09:00 to 18:00; on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 09:00 to 21:45! Closed on Tuesdays, 01/01, 01/05 and 25/12.
The cost of the full ticket is €17 per person. Children under the age of 24 enter for free (booking required on the hotel website). It is absolutely recommended to buy tickets, online: you will avoid unnecessary queues at the ticket offices. The Louvre is part of the PARIS MUSEUM PASS circuit
Audio guides in english available at the entrance to the Museum at an additional cost of €5. Free admission for all on July 14 on the occasion of the Bastille celebrations.
By Metro you can get off at the Palais-Royal – Musée du Louvre station (line 1).
Bus: the following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, or with Paris Open Tour bus.
For those interested, there is also a stop with the Batobus, at Quai François Mitterrand.