The most well known museum in the world, the Louvre showcases a unique art collection for tourists and locals in Paris to admire. It is a big place that is easy to get lost in, and you could spend up to weeks exploring each and every room in it. Assuming you do not have the time for that, following are some of the best ways to visit.
Choose the Right Entrance
Avoiding most of the crowds can make your trip easy and pleasant. To do that, you should keep in mind not to enter by the pyramid entrance. Sure, you can get awesome pictures on this side, but if you want that so badly, then it is wiser to exit by the pyramid entrance. As for entering, pick either the Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre metro station entrance or that at the 99 Rivoli Street.
Buy Tickets before Entering
Waiting to buy tickets can get tiring, what with all the long lines and crowds. You can buy tickets online, and find information you need about the Louvre from its website. Children below 18 years of age can enter for free, as can young adults under 26 who are from the EU. The latter will have to show the museum staff their ID before entering.
Know the Timings
The Louvre stays open on all days except Tuesdays. It opens at 09:00 am in the morning and closes at the 06:00 pm in the evening. However, it stays open until 09:45 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Additionally, from October to March, admission is free for all on Sundays.
Where to Find What
After entering the museum, it is fairly easy to figure out that there are three entrances leading to the several floors: the Denon wing, the Sully wing, and the Richelieu wing. The ground floor displays several Greek, Roman, and Egyptian sculptures. Head to Apollo Gallery, where you can admire the beautiful ceiling and the King’s crown. After that, move on to the first floor, which is the most popular part of the museum.
The Denon wing has Italian paintings dating back to the renaissance period, such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. There are also French masterpieces including Delacroix’s La Liberté guidant le Peuple, and Jacques-Louis David’s Le Sacre de Napoléon.
If you are not too tired from your private Louvre museum tour, walk through the different galleries after consulting a museum map. That way, you will be sure to land in a gallery that suits your interests.