The Louvre is one of the top 10 sites visited in Paris with over 7 million visitors a year! So, you are probably looking for ways to maximize your time when visiting the museum.
There are several ways to see the museum:
- Self guided tour using the free map you receive at the museum visitors desk
- renting the audio guide
- downloading the app
- taking a guided tour
- participating in a museum hunt from THATLou
There have been several questions posted on my most popular article about the Louvre asking about the guided tour.
A guided tour of the Louvre Museum is a great way to see the most popular works of art like Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and the famous statue of David. The tour also shows you the history of the museum including the original fortress. On top of that, its a quick history lesson on the evolution of art style and techniques. If you are rushed for time, I recommend it.
Here are a few things you need to know:
- The guided tour is an additional cost to your admission ticket.
- The guided tour can only be purchased at the Louvre on the day of your visit.
- English language tour times are daily except on Tuesdays (museum is closed) at 11am and 2pm. Group sizes are very limited so I recommend going to the museum when it first opens and then going immediately to the tour office (directions to find the office are listed below). If a guided tour ends up being in the afternoon and you don’t want to spend the entire day at the Louvre, your entrance ticket is good for reentry during the day you are visiting.
How to find the tour office:
- Once you have entered the museum, go straight to the tour office.
- Look for “Accueil Des Groups et Visites-Conferences” on the wall and turn left.
- Then, straight ahead you will see this sign and follow the arrow turning right.
- Just a few steps on your right, look for the door with this sign and go inside.
The people there are very helpful and speak English but remember to greet with a “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame” first…trust me! If “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame” is all you have the courage to say in French, do it! The effort will make a world of difference in your visit to Paris. They will likely respond in English, they can spot us Americans a mile away. LOL! Simply let them know you want to purchase a guided tour ticket. They will let you know availability.
I hope you have a wonderful visit to the Louvre!