The Louvre is not only the world's greatest art museum, but also the largest, with 675,000 square feet of works from almost every civilization known to man. The three most popular pieces housed here are the 'Mona Lisa', the 'Venus de Milo', and the 'Winged Victory of Samothrace'.
When is the best time to visit the Louvre?
The absolute best time to visit the Louvre is on Wednesday and Friday evenings when the museum is open until 9:45pm, and there are significantly fewer visitors. Remember that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.
Is there a long line to enter the museum?
It depends of the time of day. The line outside the pyramid entrance varies from 5 to 20 minutes. This is for security purposes. Museum Pass holders or advance ticket holders will not wait in line as they have access to a special line.
I've heard the Louvre is enormous. How should I decide what to see?
The Louvre has one of the largest art collections in the world and it would take weeks to see it all. The three most popular pieces housed here are the 'Mona Lisa', the 'Venus de Milo' and the 'Winged Victory of Samothrace'. Beyond these must-sees, your best bet is to focus on whatever interests you the most - and don't fret about getting lost because you're bound to discover something magical. To make the most of your visit, it's a good idea to read up on the different sections (buy a good guide book) so you can have a better idea of what you would be interested in seeing. However, try not to see everything; you will appreciate the works more by focusing on a few sections. And don't forget to pick up one of the excellent color coded maps at the information desk. There are also high tech Nintendo 3DS multimedia guides at the entrance to each wing; for €5 you get four self-guided tours and details about 250 works of art, plus a function to help you find your bearings.
Where can I get a snack or have lunch?
While eating inside the museum is not advisable, bags are not searched for food, so you could bring along a snack, sandwich or bottle of water and have a break in the main foyer. There are numerous cafes throughout the museum and in the Carrousel du Louvre, the shopping center attached to the museum. For a more leisurely lunch or break, try Café Richelieu or Café Marly, which is on the North Side of the Cour Napoleon (part of the Richelieu wing), great for people watching; or hold onto your ticket (you can reenter all day) and stroll out to one of the open air cafés in the Jardin de Tuileries.
Is photography allowed inside the Louvre?
Photography is allowed (without flash) only in the galleries housing the permanent collection. Photography and filming are not permitted in the temporary exhibition galleries. The same restrictions apply to the photographing or filming of technical installations and equipment.
Is the Louvre wheelchair accessible?
The Louvre is wheelchair accessible and you can request a temporary wheelchair loan from the information desk. There are elevators throughout the museum as well and you can print a wheelchair accessibility guide from the site.