Here is the simplest way to visit the Louvre and see all the important Masterpieces without missing out on Louvre little secrets.
Paris transports are very safe and well indicated.
On each entry point to the subway, you will have an information desk.
They are here to help you with tickets and free metro plan of the city.
the Line 1 ( Yellow Line ) is where you will find the Louvre.
If you have kids with you, you can sit on the very front of the train : it is an automatic train, with no train driver :) Enjoy the ride !
Take the subway and go to Line 1. From Line 1, go to Station Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre
follow the arrow to Sortie 2 : Pl. du Palais Royal.
Here is the escalator to exit the metro.
You will find yourself in a square place. Turn right and you will see big metro entrance next to big doors. Go to big doors across the road.
You can go on the left door
As you walk, you are already under some big galleries of the Louvre. Keep going until you are in the place of Caroussel
Now you are in front of the Glass Pyramid of the Louvre. Take the time to take some pictures and find the waiting line
If you are with a tour guide, they will probably give you the equestrian statue as a meeting point.
Here are the main entrance of the Louvre. The line on the left is for the people who have tickets. The line on the right is for the people who did not buy tickets.
As you have already tickets , take the left entrance.
Backpacks and food and small cabin luggage are allowed in the museum
After the security, if you are with kids and you have a stroller, go to the left and take the elevator downstairs.
If you want to avoid the crowds, you need to go to the Louvre on Thursday or Friday on January or February
How to avoid the crowd at the Louvre ?
As Versailles Palace is closed on Mondays, Tourists tend to go to the Louvre on Monday
So Avoid Mondays at the Louvre
Wednesday is the day when french people go to the Louvre with the kids on a school educational trip
Tuesday the Louvre is closed
From March to December : A lot of tourists travel to see the Louvre, they are about 13 Million visitors each year !
You will see lots of different people and cultures from around the world visiting the Louvre for the same purpose as you do :)
You need to hire a tour guide and make sure the tour guide is an official tour guide with a special card.
Avoid hiring tour guides without any credentials or authorization to guide,
the state law is very strict about visiting the Louvre with an illegal tour guide. Security can verify groups and get you out with a fine.
Go check if you have places available :
If you are having trouble buying your tickets, you can ask me to help !
I can purchase tickets for my clients thanks to my special Tour guide card in Paris
If you have your tickets with you, please go left under the Pyramid of Glass.
It is the entrance for those who bought a timed ticket ONLY.
The Louvre is very accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
You can borrow one for free in exchange for your ID or PASSPORT
The best way to see everything is to begin by Sully : see the Egypt Masterpieces, I personally enjoy the Scribe sculpture !
Then you can head to Venus de Milo and the sleeping Hermaphrodite
Then go to Denon to see Mona Lisa and the biggest painting like Feast at Cana and Liberty Leading the People .
You will also the famous sculpture of the Winged victory
At the end, go to Richelieu Gate as it is the most quiet and restful area of the Louvre, you can enjoy some art pieces from the Mesopotamia , khorsabad Lamassu that you can on my video below
Please don't miss out the Four Captive art piece !
I hope you enjoyed my article about the Louvre access !
Please send me your thoughts and suggestions !
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