Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go

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The Louvre — Le Musée du Louvre in French — is the world’s largest museum and houses one of the most impressive art collections in history. The magnificent, palace and museum was built in the 12th to 13th century under Phillip II and sits along the banks of the Seine River in Paris.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

It is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, and it is a good idea to do a little homework in advance of your visit.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

Today I am going to share five things that I think everyone should know before they visit the Louvre.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

Buy Your Tickets Before You Go

The Louvre is incredibly busy and you definitely should buy your tickets online before you go. Doing this guarantees your entrance into the Museum on the day you want and also helps you to avoid the ticketing lines. Which can be incredibly long!

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

When you purchase tickets online you can also select your time of entry into the Museum. Here’s an additional tip- If you have any question about what time you will be able to actually make it the Louvre make sure to purchase your tickets for an earlier time than your arrival guesstimate. This way the whole day/visit is covered for you. With no time wasted waiting around for your time slot to enter the museum.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.



The Low-down On  The Mona Lisa

This area is ALWAYS busy. There is no less- busy or less-crowded time to go into the room where her portrait is hung. From open to close people fill this room to bursting. Because of this, we visited this room first, braved the crowds, and then moved onto the other areas of the museum we wanted to visit.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

P.S. Just a little kind FYI for you; please do not be a jerk and stand in front of the Mona Lisa taking endless selfies of yourself. It’s annoying to other visitors trying to just look and also,  let’s be real here, none of your friends want to see you posing in 30 different ways with the painting. They just want to see the portrait itself.

Pay For The Audio Headsets

In the above picture you can see that I am sporting a pair of super snazzy earphones. The Louvre provides little portable Nintendo DS systems that hold a wealth of information about the Louvre, it’s exhibits and more. You can learn about any of the art within the museum by simply clicking in the number into your device that is associated with the art piece. It is pretty fantastic!

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

We loved the headsets as it allowed us the freedom to roam where we wanted to and then learn more about the things we were interested in. Rather than following a guide to exhibits we might not be interested in visiting. The cost for the rental is about $10 US dollars.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.



Plan Your Time At The Louvre Before You Go

We only had one day at the Louvre, but our step counter had us at 19,000 steps at the end of the day. Obviously we took full advantage of that day!

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

The Museum is large and you really could spend days there, because of this we did our research before-hand about what we wanted to see. Then we made sure to allot time in our day and schedule the necessary time in those places we wanted to visit. Some places we spent more time in and some we just skimmed by.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

The Louvre Is Free For A Lot Of People

The full price of the Louvre museum is 17€. But if you fall in one of those categories and you have identification (i.e. a passport) then you can get inside for free:

  • You are less than 18 years old.
  • You are between 18 and 25 years old and you live in the European Union Economic Zone.
  • You are under 26 years old and you want to visit the evening opening on Fridays.
  • You are a teacher in art or art history.
  • You are an artist and can prove an inscription at the House of Artists and the International Association of the Plastic Arts.
  • You are an handicapped person with one guide.

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

One more thing I want to make sure everyone who visits Paris knows about is the delicious delicacy known as flower shaped Gelato! Oh my gosh it is soooo good. Don’t miss it. Then make sure you grab some of it in every flavor. Your steps at the Louvre will pretty much burn off the calories anyways……

Five Things You Should Know About The Louvre Before You Go.

Check out these other JENerally Informed posts for more Paris travel tips!

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Jen

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  1. I will never make it there and that’s okay, but I’m ever so happy you and your precious daughter had this adventure.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Big hug. ♥
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  2. Aw, loved learning more about your recent Paris trip, especially the lowdown about the Louvre. Definitely will be keeping in mind this and more if and when we get to visit Paris someday :)

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      Right?! Great works of art like that are best enjoyed by all people and I love that the Louvre offers so many chances for people to see and enjoy it. I hope you get to go someday too!
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  3. That gelato looks amazing! I visited the Louvre once as a school trip and I do remember the crowds of people all around the Mona Lisa.

  4. Flower gelato and the Mona Lisa? And my kids are free?? Sign me up! Although I don’t love crowds, I love what you said. It’s like Disney World for me. Even though they say it’s not always as crowded as other times, ultimately you just never know. You have to brave the crowds in life. This is a fact.

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