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A Practical Guide To The Louvre, Roaming The Halls Of Art Will Never Get Lost Again

The art center of the world is in Paris, and the art center of Paris is the Louvre.

A practical guide to the Louvre, roaming the halls of art will never get lost again

As one of the world’s top three museums, the Louvre is home to more than 400,000 pieces of art, spanning the ages, painting, sculpture, arts and crafts, jewellery, and more, from Europe, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, and as far as the ancient East.

The most famous collection in the Louvre is naturally the famous “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci, who, together with the “Venus with Broken Arms” (Venus of Milos) and the “Goddess of Victory” (Victory of Samothrace), is one of the two most famous statues in the world. She is one of the three treasures of the Louvre, along with the “Venus with broken arms” (Venus of Milos) and the “Victory” (Victory of Samothrace).

Practical guide to the Louvre, roaming the halls of art will never get lost again!

But! The Louvre has far more than just these three masterpieces, and it’s not easy to come to the Louvre, you must pay attention everywhere, because here almost every corner, there are priceless treasures of world art.

So, you may ask: so many fine works on display, travel arrangements are too tight, it is impossible to spend a whole day or even several days in the Louvre, how do I arrange the route to visit the Louvre, with the shortest time to see the works I am most interested in?

In fact, the official Louvre has already planned it for you. Here, we’ll take a look at the guide from the Louvre’s official website, so that you can enter the museum can be clear direction straight to the theme, no longer worry about getting lost.

1. The layout of the Louvre

The overall shape of the Louvre is an inverted “U” shape, with a total of five floors (including two underground floors), of which the second underground floor is the reception service area and the exhibition hall for temporary exhibitions, and the first underground floor to the third above ground are all permanent exhibition halls. The exhibition halls are divided into three main halls, namely RICHELIEU, DENON and SULLY.

The collections in the Louvre are divided into eight major collection sectors, each of which is labelled in a different colour for the convenience of visitors to make their visit clear.

2. Practical information for entering the museum

Another landmark in front of the Louvre is the glass pyramid designed by the Chinese-born architect I.M. Pei, and the main entrance to the Louvre is located on the ground floor of this glass pyramid. In addition to the pyramid entrance, there are fewer lines at the “Porte des Lions” entrances on both wings of the Louvre, or you can choose to enter through the Porte des Lions and visit in reverse.

Address of the Louvre: Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris, France

Transportation: Take Metro line 1 or 7 to the Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre stop, or take bus line 27/39/68/69/95 to the Musée du Louvre stop.

Opening hours: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00-18:00; Wednesday and Friday 9:00-21:45; closed on Tuesday; closed on May 1, November 1 and December 25

Admission: €17 for regular exhibitions, the separate price for temporary exhibitions; free for EU residents under 25 years old; free for all on the first Sunday of every month from October to March (excluding temporary exhibitions)

We recommend that you buy your tickets in advance or buy a Paris museum pass/city pass that covers the Louvre so that you can at least avoid the long queues for tickets on-site, and there may be some discounts!

3. The classic route

Most visitors to the Louvre are not professionals or avid art lovers, and they prefer to skim through the most representative pieces of the collection to satisfy their curiosity rather than take an in-depth tour.

For this reason, the Louvre has created a special “Masterpieces of the Louvre” itinerary that you can follow to see all the most famous exhibits.

The classic Louvre route (about 1 hour and 30 minutes): enter from the SULLY, visit the remains of the trenches where the Louvre was first built as a castle, go up to the steps and see the famous Sphinx of Ancient Egypt.

Practical guide to the Louvre, roaming the halls of art will never get lost again!

Turn back in front of the Sphinx, facing the remains of the medieval trenches of the Louvre, and follow the steps on the left leading to the back of the statue of Venus with broken arms.

Turn back in front of the statue of Venus and go through the gallery in front of you. When you see the Salle des Caryatides on the right, do not enter it, but continue through the rotunda and walk up two steps to the prominent statue of the “Victory of Samothrace”.

Turn back in front of the statue of Victory and the hall directly opposite is the Salles rouges. enter the first hall of the Salles rouges and to the left is the famous painting “Oath of the Brothers Horace”.

Just diagonally opposite this work is the Coronation of Napoleon I and Empress Josephine, also by Jacques-Louis David (also known as Davert).

To the end of the gallery, between the two doors is Engel’s masterpiece, The Great Courtesan.

Enter the next gallery, the Denon, and then enter the Salle de la Joconde on the left, and in front of you is the largest painting in the Louvre, “The Wedding of Cannae” by Veronese; then please turn around – the number one treasure of the Louvre, the Mona Lisa”.

Leave the Mona Lisa Room, return to the Denon Pavilion and enter the gallery on your left, where you will find Silico’s masterpiece, The Raft of the Medusa, a little further on your left.

Finally, continue into the gallery and walk down Escalier Mollien into the Italian Sculpture Gallery to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece “The Enslaved Slave”.

4. Choice of Guided Tour

How can you visit so many heavyweight masterpieces without a guide? The Louvre offers a powerful audio guide system with up to 35 hours of narration so you won’t miss every exciting detail.

You can either rent a Nintendo 3DS ™ XL audio guide for €5 per person, available at the Louvre ticket office or from a kiosk, or download the official Louvre app “My Visit to the Louvre” ( You can also download the official Louvre app “My Visit to the Louvre” (available on Apple Store or Google Play for both Apple and Android versions) for a more convenient self-guided tour.

 

 

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