The Louvre


The Louvre

The Louvre's reputation is well established. You hear about this museum in the four corners of the globe and has so far discovered its exhibitions, the largest in the world. If you are visiting Paris, be sure to stop at the Louvre Museum and discover all the treasures it houses. Follow us we will give you a taste of the Louvre!

The Louvre rates and schedules

No one entrance fee to the Louvre, but several. They depend on the exhibitions we plan to visit. Here is a summary of all fees charged to the Louvre: - The permanent collections ticket costs about 10 €. Its validity is only one day (only on day of purchase). It allows to tour the museum, but does not allow access to exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon. - The Napoleon exhibition hall ticket costs just over € 10. It concerns only the temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon. - The combined ticket is around € 15. It offers access to all permanent and temporary exhibitions. It also allows to visit the Eugène Delacroix museum located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The Cross museum is run by the same management as the Louvre. The Louvre Museum is free access to: - Children under 18 years - Nationals of the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) between 18 and 25 years. - Unemployed - Teachers who have a Pass Education - Teachers who teach art history, visual art and applied art - Plastic part of the House of Artists and the International Association of Art - Disabled people and those accompanying them All these exempt persons must present proof proving their belonging to one of the categories: official ID, Pass, disability card, etc. If you do not belong to any category of persons exempt and you find that the input prices are high, here are the dates: first Sunday of each month, July 14 and Friday from 18 hours (this is valid only for young people under 26 years). These dates are free to access. Remember them well. * Gratuity is not about the temporary exhibit in the Hall Napoléon. In terms of schedules, they are as follows: - Every day of the week from 9 am to 18 hours except on Tuesday, weekly rest day - The museum is closed on the first day of the year. - The exhibitions halls are beginning to be closed from 17:30 - The closing night sessions Wednesday and Friday starting at 21:30

The Louvre exhibitions

The Louvre is an area of ​​210,000 m² is 445 000 works, including 35 000 exposed, so you can imagine the size of the place and its wealth. Its collections are listed in 8 departments. Let us look more closely at each of them: • The Department of Paintings: brings together works dating from the thirteenth century to 1848. The department has a total of 7500 tables, but only 3400 are exposed. Connoisseurs painting surely fail to notice that the tables are listed in national school. On the 1st floor the Italian primitive paintings and artists of the romantic school. 2nd floor contains works of primitive French and Dutch paintings. A must see the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (it is exposed on the 1st floor). • The Department of Oriental Antiquities: in this department found various objects come from a region between India and the Mediterranean Sea. The collections cover a wide period that spans from prehistory to the Islamic period. Among these objects there is a Contract archaic Sumerian, the head of a Carthaginian made of glass paste, a funerary relief of Palmyra, terracotta figurines, etc. • The Arts Department of Islam: no fewer than 3,000 works. These cover a period of 1300 years of history. There are the most famous pieces of Islamic art such as the pyxis of al-Mughira a box made any ivory dating from 968 and Baptistery of Saint Louis, a beautiful engraved object and set in gold and silver work of Muhammad ibn al-Zayn. • The Department of Egyptian Antiquities: is divided into 3 sub-departments: Roman Egypt, Coptic Egypt and Pharaonic Egypt. The collections in this department cover a period from the end of prehistory to the Christian era. Among the jewels of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities is retained: a squatting scribe pharaoh figurines, sarcophagi, stelae offerings, etc. • The Department of Sculptures: is divided into two wings: the Richelieu wing groups the French sculptures and the Denon wing houses the sculptures Italian, Spanish and northern schools. By visiting this department you can contemplate beautiful masterpieces of Michelangelo, Antonio Canova, Jean Goujon, Jean-Antoine Houdon, and Donatello, and many others. • The department of art: this department gathers all kinds of objects dating from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, jewelry, furniture, ornaments, dishes, etc. It is without doubt one of the most interesting departments to visit the Louvre. Do not miss the Tiara of the Duchess of Angouleme, a beautiful room. • The Department of Graphic Arts: no fewer than 140 000 pieces. It includes manuscripts, tapestries, i

llustrated books, drawings, pastels, engraved brass objects, prints, etc. • The Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities: this department brings together art works from Greece, Italy and all the Mediterranean countries. They cover a period from the Neolithic period to the sixth century. Not to be missed: the Venus de Milo, the sarcophagus of the Bridegroom, the Pieta of Memnon, etc.

The Louvre transport

The Louvre is at 99 rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, you can get there: - Metro: via line 1 or line 7, station Palais Royal / Louvre - Bus: taking one of the following lines: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95 - By bike: you can rent a Velib of any station in Paris and go to one of the stations located not far from the Louvre station No. 1015 located at 2 Place Malraux, station No. 1023 located at 165 rue Saint-Honoré, station No. 1013: 186 rue Saint-Honoré and station No. 1014 located at 5 rue de l'Echelle. - By car: if you plan to visit the Louvre by car you can enter the following GPS data: 48 ° 51'39.76 "N 2 ° 20'08.93" E In terms of parking, parking is available nearby the museum (the General Lemonnier Avenue) is open every day from 7am to 23h. - By boat: take the water bus to the Louvre and down the quai François Mitterrand.

The Louvre boutique

If you want to bring a piece of history, a souvenir of your visit to the museum, go to one of the Louvre shops. They bring together a wide range of souvenirs: books, art objects, jewelry, guides, etc. All items sold in the Louvre stores have a relationship with the museum. There is for example the poster of the Mona Lisa, the newspaper of Leonardo Da Vinci inventions, notebooks and diaries "Louvre Pop" and many others. We find the same articles of the Louvre shops in the website of the museum shops: The store allows the purchase of various items: posters, paper, jewelery, catalogs, guides, decoration, DVD, CD Rom, accessories, castings and fashion items (t-shirts, scarves, shawls, etc.). The principle of buying is simple: you click on the desired article, you choose the amount and checkout. The online store also presents other museum collections, including: the National City history and immigration, the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the Orsay Museum, the Museum of Grenoble, the army museum, the museum of the Bonaparte house, to name a few.

The Louvre teachers

You are a teacher and you want to support the training given to students with a visit to the Louvre? You can choose one of the following formulas: • The independent visits: it is for you to organize and plan the tour as you wish. You choose the course that interests you and you are alone with your students visit. This type of visit is free. It will take against by booking in advance for any group of more than 7 persons (including the teacher). • Visits with a mediator: this formula applies to those who want the visit to be led by a storyteller or a speaker, this will allow better discovery of the Louvre. Tours are offered in several languages: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and sign language. It is an average of 1:30. If you will choose this type of visits, you must book in advance. The reservation is done either by phone at: 01 40 20 51 77 or directly to the museum. • Programming in the auditorium: If you want to take your students to visit a permanent exhibition or demonstration in the museum, you will need to book in advance and mention the exact number of the group. To make a reservation in advance it will download a form online. It is available in 3 versions: School group booking form, group booking with speaker and autonomous group booking.

The Louvre family

If you want to take all your small tribe in the Louvre, the following formulas affecting families: -Activities and tours: If you choose this formula you have at your disposal a speaker who will introduce you to many facets of the Louvre, among other activities you have: • The Enchanted Garden: This walk aims to awaken the sense of hearing. It lets you discover the sounds of the Tuileries Garden. Hours: Saturday from 15 pm and Sunday from 15:30. The walks are for a period of half an hour. The walk is for children from 6 years and their parents. • The tree told: a guide tells the story of the tree of vowels on Saturdays from 15:30 and Sundays from 15 hours. This activity is for children 4 years and older and their parents. • Guided tours in the garden: this tour takes us to the heart of the Tuileries Garden. It is held every Saturday and Sunday from 15:30. autonomous -Activities: if your children love to draw, drawings sessions are open in the Tuileries Gardens on Saturdays and Sundays from 14.30 until 18.30. You can download the Louvre website under family: the family guide. It gives the full program of activities, exhibitions and events for families.

The Louvre and professional organization

The Louvre is to be accessible to everyone: the unemployed, people with reduced mobility, non-profit associations, etc. So he set up several specific programs: - The meetings of the social field: This program is for people working in the social educators, volunteers, facilitators, trainers and others. Having followed an awareness session and workshops they will be able to take a group (members of their associations) at the Louvre and guide them in the visit. The professionals Louvre card is required to participate in this program. You can make online application for a € 30 tariff so. The Louvre applies different rates and different access ways in which an organization, a business or a tourism professional committee. Here he will learn: - Disability: If you are part of an association of disabled, you must send a request to the Louvre by mentioning the type of disability (physical, mental, etc.), the number of people and the exact date of the visit. A confirmation will be sent by mail. As for the formulas you have two types of tours: either lectures and studio visits accompanied by a speaker or open houses unaccompanied by a guide. - Professional tourism: if you are an agency, guide or other and you plan to take a group of more than 500 people, you get special rates. The conditions are available online. - Companies: The Louvre offers special rates for works councils. This reduction is applicable from buying a certain number of tickets: discount € 1 about to purchase 20 tickets to see the temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon and 5% discount for the purchase of 500 tickets to the permanent exhibitions. - Private events: for those who desire it is possible to privatize the Louvre on an evening. The reception rooms can accommodate from 50 to 3000 people. To get an idea on the price of the privatization of the Louvre download the brochure: "Receiving the Museum" or contact them by phone for a quote. Tel: + 33 1 40 20 68 10 / + 33 1 40 20 53 21 / + 33 1 40 20 68 85.

The Louvre under 30

And if you offer an evening at the Louvre? Indeed, the Louvre offers various programs every Friday evening from 18 pm until 21:30. One can for example attend music concerts, cinema sessions, meetings for youth and various performances. Programming youth night events is available online. In addition to specific programs for youth, the Louvre apply special rates for those under 30 years, which are: - Free access for people under 18 years. - Free access for nationals of countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) between 18 and 25 years. To receive this free, you must show proof: national identity card or student card. For complete information on youth night program under 30 years: program and prices, visit the following page:

The masterpieces

If during your visit to the Louvre, you do want to especially not to miss his masterpieces (masterpieces)? Here are some names to remember: - Mona Lisa: This is definitely THE Louvre centerpiece. Many visitors come to the Louvre especially to contemplate the portrait of this lady in the iconic smile. The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1506, it is not known the exact date of its completion. The painting is on the 1st floor, in the hall of the Mona Lisa, Denon wing. - The Seated Scribe: is one of the most beautiful pieces from the Louvre Museum. This is a statue of a crouching man. Historians know nothing of the character's personality. All we know is that this statue was found at Saqqara and it dates from the 4th or 5th Dynasty. If you want to see the statue go to the Sully wing (22 room, showcase 10) of the department of ancient Egypt on the 1st floor of the Museum. - Coffin of the spouses of Cerveteri: This monument is located in the department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman. This is a sarcophagus representing a "couple embracing that make a gesture of offering perfume." You will find this pretty piece to the Denon wing (room 18) on the ground floor. - Aphrodite known as "Venus of Milo" is a magnificent statue discovered in 1820 Melos, a Greek island. For those who do not know, this is the statue of a naked woman half, it would be Aphrodite or Amphitrite. If you want to see it go to the Sully wing of the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman (room 16).


The Louvre Palace is the largest European palace, it covers an area of ​​over 135,000 m². It served to the residence time for the Kings of France, the palace today houses the largest and one of the most famous museum in the world: the Louvre. The construction of the palace took place over five centuries. He has also undergone major renovation and development, the latest took place between 1981 and 1999. These renovations have given birth to the famous glass pyramid located in the heart of the Cour Napoléon. Its construction was ordered by former President Francois Mitterrand in 1983. In addition to the Louvre palace also houses the Central Union of Decorative Arts, the Ecole du Louvre, the Center for Research and Restoration of Museums of France, the exhibition area of ​​over 7,100 m² and commercial galleries extended on 16000 sqm. Visit the Louvre is to make it as the Tuileries Gardens located next door. This is the "oldest French garden" and undoubtedly one of the finest. Good visit !