Don't miss the world-famous Mona Lisa, Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and Venus de Milo at the iconic Louvre Museum.

The Louvre is an exceptionally popular attraction. Which is why, from the 1st August 2019, visitors are required to pre-book a time slot for their visit. Simply book when collecting your Pass at the Paris Pass Redemption Centre, or through this link. Please note - you can only book once you have received your Paris Museum Pass as you will need your pass number. 

The Louvre Museum is unquestionably one of the finest art galleries in the world. Home to hundreds of thousands of classic and modern masterpieces, the Louvre is the icing on the cake of French culture and a testament to European art history – it’s not surprising that it’s also the most visited art gallery in the world!

Top tip: The Louvre can get very busy all day on Saturdays and mid-morning to early afternoon during the rest of the week. We recommend visiting on weekdays early morning or late afternoon to avoid the queues. 


  • Classic works of art from Mona Lisa to Venus de Milo
  • Around 380,000 objects from pre-history to the 21st century with 35,000 works of art over 8 departments
  • Fronts onto the gorgeous landscaped Tuileries Gardens

Did you know:

  • The Louvre was originally built as a fortress in 1190, but later reconstructed to be a royal palace in the 16th century before the monarchy moved out to Château de Versailles
  • The first ‘Louvre Museum’ opened in 1793, during the French Revolution, with a collection of only 537 paintings
  • Napoléon decided to rename the Louvre Musée Napoléon under his reign and increased the collection (although after his defeat, many pieces were returned to their owners!)
  • Since being stolen in 1911, the famous – and enigmatic – Mona Lisa portrait is framed and covered with bullet proof glass and protected by guards at all times (don’t worry, it was returned in 1913)

Don't miss:

Egyptian Antiquities

From 4000 BC to the 4th century the Egyptian Antiquities department is well worth a visit for its huge span of artefacts from Ancient Egypt to the Byzantine era, and everything in between. Artefacts include the Large Sphinx, papyrus scrolls, mummies, jewels and clothing, among objects from the Middle Kingdom such as the statues of Amenemhatankh, Nephthys and Hathor.

Greek, Etruscan and Roman Department

Notre Dame pier is the second location you can board the Bateaux ParThe Greek, Etruscan and Roman collection dates from the Neolithic (New Stone Age) to the 6th century and the decline of the Roman Empire. As one of the oldest departments at the Louvre, it was initially curated by Francis I in the 16th century, who acquired marble statues such as that of Venus de Milo. Artefacts from the Durand collection were later acquired in the 19th century, such as the bronze Borghese Vase. You can also admire pieces from the Hellenistic Era and intricate Greek pottery.


With a collection of ancient sculpture to Medieval and Romanesque, admire works of Daniel in the Lion’s Den and the Virgin of Auvergne. The collection features works from the eras following the Greek, Etruscan and Roman Department up to 1850. Now, the department is split into two spaces: the French collection in the Richelieu wing and the foreign works in the Denon wing.

Decorative Arts

Spanning from the Middle Ages to 19th Century the Decorative Arts department was originally part of the royal property and artefacts transferred from the Basilica Saint-Denis, the burial ground of French monarchs. These included vases and bronzes, ceramics, enamels and stained glass. Now you can see Renaissance and Medieval artwork, jewellery and maiolicas and plush tapestries.


With over 7,500 works covering nearly 600 years, nearly two thirds of the works on show are by French artists. Others include Italian paintings that date back to the collections of Francis I and Louis XIV; from the Napoleonic times and more recent purchases. Notable masterpieces include the Mona Lisa, which was procured by Francis I, Hyacinthe Rigaud's Louis XIV; Jacques-Louis David's The Coronation of Napoleon and Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.

How to get there:

- Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (metro 1 & 7)
- Louvre-Rivoli (metro 1)

Make the most of your Paris Pass:

A reservation is required for this attraction. To book your spot, visit their website, select the date and time you wish to visit and then follow booking instructions. Your e-ticket will need to be shown for entry to the attraction.

- Free entry to the Louvre Museum 
- Skip the queues with exclusive Fast Track Entry.
- Please Note: The Paris Pass will only be accepted for parties of 6 people or less at a time.

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I wasn't sure when we purchased the Paris Pass that we would get our money's worth out of it. Boy, was i wrong! We saw more of Paris because we had the Paris Pass than we would have otherwise. Just being able to hop on and hop off the bus whenever we wanted, not to mention the boat trip, and the many attractions that were free because we had the pass. It made our trip to Paris more enjoyable and memorable.
Barbara Degon from United States

Calendar Reservation required

To book your spot, visit their website, select the date and time you wish to visit and then follow booking instructions. A Paris Museum Pass number is required to book your visit. It you haven't picked yours up yet, you can use the following generic code 2*0000000
You will need to show your Louve e-ticket and your Paris Museum Pass upon entry to the museum.

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Monday 09.00 – 18.00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 09.00 – 21.45
Thursday 09.00 – 18.00
Friday 09.00 – 21.45
Saturday 09.00 – 18.00
Sunday 09.00 – 18.00
Last Admission: 30mins before closing
Guided tours
Monday 11.00, 14.00
Wednesday 11.00, 14.00, 19.00
Thursday 11.00, 14.00
Friday 11.00, 14.00
Saturday 11.00, 14.00
Sunday 11.00, 14.00

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