Paris The Louvre museum

There are plenty of things to do in Paris but the Louvre museum is one of the most popular Paris attractions. The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world with around 35,000 pieces of art dating back to prehistoric times and is considered to be the most important and popular museum not only in Paris, but in the world! Covering 60,000 square meters, 653,300 feet, this massive place draws to its gates more than 8 million visitors each year, making it the most visited in the world.

Get to know the Louvre museum in Paris

The Louvre museum is part of the original Palace which was built as a fortress for Phillip II in the late 12th century. You can still find remains of the fortress in the basement but the building has been transformed into a museum to house the many masterpieces that are on display. Some of the most famous being the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo. The museum opened its doors in 1793 exhibiting 537 paintings, with the majority of them royal and confiscated church property. During the reign of Napoleon, the collection was increased and the name was changed to Musee Napoleon. After his defeat at Waterloo, many of the works were returned to the original owners.

Under Louis XVIII and Charles X the collections increased even more, with the main contribution being during the Second French Empire, where the museum gained 20,000 pieces of art. In modern day, you will find that the collections are divided into categories: Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Near Eastern, Etruscan Roman, Islamic, Sculpture, Decorative, Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

During the French Revolution Louis XVI was imprisoned and the royal collection became national property. It was transformed into a public museum and in 1971 the Assembly declared it a center for science and art. There is no way you can see all of the Louvre in one visit, so plan ahead to maximize your time and always purchase tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines – such a waste of your vacation time!

This is not the only museum you should visit in Paris, to learn more about other cultural attractions, watch our free travel guides about Paris sightseeing, and get information about the most popular places to visit in the City of Lights.

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USD 129.71$

Paris Pass

Discover the joy of sightseeing with the Paris Pass, which gives you free entry to the best attractions Paris has to offer. Save time as you skip the queues with fast track entry at many attractions, including the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and take advantage of special offers at various Paris restaurants and shops.

USD 140.13$

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Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Don't waste time waiting in queues -- take a Louvre Museum prioritized guided tour. Make a booking and jump the queue to make the most of your limited time inside the world's largest museum. After your guided tour, you can stay on if you want to and continue exploring the Louvre Museum at your leisure.

USD 61.38$

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USD 208.46$