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Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

1. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with a timed-entrance ticket, ensuring you get in within 30 minutes. See unmissable and iconic artwork such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover Renaissance masterpieces and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries. The museum first opened on August 10, 1793, exhibiting just 537 paintings. Despite closing in 1796 due to structural problems, it reopened in 1801 as the Musée Napoléon with a larger collection.  The collection has since gained 20,000 works. Now, there are 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

2. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket and Audioguide

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with this skip-the-line entry ticket. Discover the museum's collections with the audio guide on the new Nintendo 3DS system. Understand the history behind the collections with routes, available in 9 languages. See unmissable and iconic sights such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover masterpieces of the Renaissance and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries, prints from the Royal Collection, and much more. Stroll through 8 curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Paris: Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

3. Paris: Louvre Museum Guided Tour with Skip the Line Entrance

Skip the Louvre’s famously long lines gives and visit the museum’s must-see attractions. Your expert guide will unveil subtle details most visitors never learn about the works of art on show. Discover the "Mona Lisa", the "Venus de Milo" and the "Winged Victory of Samothrace". The tour also features Greek and Roman antiquities like the 4,000-year-old "Great Sphinx of Tanis", other recognisable works by Da Vinci and Raphael, and highlights of the French Romantic period. Sculptures like Michelangelo’s "Dying Slave" and Antonio Canova’s "Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss" add another dimension to the experience. In the Apollo Gallery, you’ll glimpse the Louvre’s own history as the Royal Palace, before Louis XIV relocated the court to Versailles. The equally opulent décor of the Second Empire is also preserved in the Napoleon Apartments. After the tour, you can continue exploring the Louvre at your leisure.

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

4. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on a cruise along the magnificent Seine River and admire the famous monuments in the city. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

Paris: Skip-the-line in Louvre Museum Guidance to Mona Lisa

5. Paris: Skip-the-line in Louvre Museum Guidance to Mona Lisa

For a long time, before becoming a museum in 1793, the Louvre was one of the main residences of the kings of France. Located in the heart of Paris, it covers an area of 73,000 square meters and houses the largest collection of art works in the world, from civilizations over 7,000 years old to the 19th century. The collections of the museum are divided into 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Oriental Antiquities, Islamic Art, Paintings, Sculptures, Artworks and Graphics. Upon arrival, admire this masterpiece painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1506 and one of the most famous portraits of women in the world, the host will let you enjoy the museum at your own pace.

Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and Boat Cruise

6. Paris: Louvre Reserved Access and Boat Cruise

Get the keys to the city of Paris with a combined ticket for the Louvre Museum and a river cruise. Visit the iconic Louvre Museum with a reserved access ticket and join a cruise on the River Seine at any time of the day. Marvel at works of art, from Ancient Egypt to the Renaissance, walking at your own pace. Then, relax on a 1-hour river cruise, and see the city from a different angle. Watch the world go by from the comfort of a pleasure cruise boat, departing from the Eiffel Tower every day. The river cruise ticket is valid for any day during the next six months; it runs approximately every 30 minutes, 7 days a week, departing from the Eiffel Tower

Louvre Museum: Guided Tour with Optional Ticket

7. Louvre Museum: Guided Tour with Optional Ticket

Discover one of the world’s great art collections on a guided tour of the Louvre Museum, and marvel at relics from Ancient Egypt to the art of the Italian Renaissance. The entire collection would take months to see in full, but you will follow a carefully planned route to discover the highlights. Gaze at da Vinci’s enigmatic Mona Lisa and see Anthony Canova’s emotional Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss. Hear the true story depicted in Gericault’s Raft of Medusa. Go to Napoleon’s former apartments to admire the most beautiful décor of the palace, as well as a collection of crown jewels. The masterpieces continue with the Venus de Milo, the sculpture that inspired so many artists. Head to the basement of the Louvre Palace to see the foundations of the castle that once stood on the site. Choose between 2 options: get your ticket and guided tour with one of the skip-the-ticket-line guided tours in several languages. Alternatively, if you already have a ticket or museum pass, choose the guided tour for ticket or museum pass holders.

Paris: Louvre Ticket with Audioguide App and Seine Cruise

8. Paris: Louvre Ticket with Audioguide App and Seine Cruise

Make the most of your time in Paris with this combined ticket to the Louvre Museum and River Seine cruise. After booking, receive a downloadable link for the audioguide app directly to your email, as well as your e-ticket for the Louvre and the cruise. When the date of your booking arrives, avoid the long waiting times at the Louvre and enjoy skip-the-line entry to this world-famous museum. Inside, discover the array of iconic masterpieces that are housed here, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Venus de Milo, and many more. As you explore, listen to fascinating insight and information on your audioguide app. After your trip to the Louvre, head down to the water to embark on an exciting cruise along the River Seine. Sit back and relax as you soak up epic views of Paris’ most iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. If you don’t fancy going on the cruise that day, enjoy the freedom to use your ticket anytime during your entire stay in Paris. Please note that the cruises are currently running from Wednesday to Sunday.

Paris: Guided Tour of the Must-Sees of the Louvre Museum

9. Paris: Guided Tour of the Must-Sees of the Louvre Museum

Make the most of your time in Paris with a whirlwind tour of the must-see works of art in the Louvre. Gaze upon works like the mysterious Mona Lisa, the exquisite Venus de Milo, and the spectacular Winged Victory.  Meet your guide at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and walk over to the museum together. Breeze past the long lines to this popular attraction and spend more time looking at the masterpieces.  Travel back in time and explore the Italian Renaissance, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and French paintings of the 19th century. Uncover how the Louvre was a royal palace as you walk through the sumptuous corridors as Kings, Queens and Emperors once did. Cover all the must-see masterpieces in the Louvre and get to some additional fascinating art pieces along the way. Hear the stories behind the art and artists, as you find out what makes iconic works so special.  Feel free to remain inside the museum to explore at your own pace after your tour. Your guide will be happy to provide you with directions and recommendations.

Paris Louvre: 2-Hour Private Tour for Families & Children

10. Paris Louvre: 2-Hour Private Tour for Families & Children

Visiting the Louvre with a special children’s guide is a fantastic way to give kids a taste of this important museum. Covering more than 650,000 square feet of space it is one of the largest, and busiest, museums in the world and an important landmark in Paris. The Louvre exhibits over 35,000 objects and it is said that it would take a visitor up to 9 months to see them all. Visiting a museum of this size with children may seem like a daunting proposition, but a successful visit is possible. Your tour guide will focus on 2-3 exhibits to keep the kids from becoming overwhelmed and losing interest or having a meltdown. Many children (as well as adults) are excited about seeing the Mona Lisa, so your visit will start there, and continue on after this requirement has been met!

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Excellent experience! We can easily find the meeting point and navigate through all the lines, go directly to Monalisa without any obstacle. Our guide was Monti. He was super helpful, informative, precise on timeline and provided us with lots of useful information. After Monalisa, he even proposed to extend his times to go with us for important highlights of the museum. We visited all the important antiques in 3 hours. It was perfect for us since we can only spend our morning in Louvre and then can see Versailles as well. Tip: can book your ticket in early morning, less people so you can have more photos with Monalisa.

This was really worth doing, the guide Laura was really helpful and full of helpful information. Loved all three places to visit, definitely do the cruise in the day time as you can’t see much in the evening. I had breakfast in the restaurant on the first floor of the tower which was nice. The Louvre was huge and quite busy. Need lots of time.

Very good leadership. The most important works were explained competently and compactly. Would recommend to everyone as the Louvre is just too big for a self guided tour^^

Our guide, Siense, was amazing. I learned so much. A great pace, enjoyable and entertaining. Would definitely take another tour with him.

Nice quick entrance. really nice to spend a few hours in the warmth, loads to see. small cafés available too.