The Louvre is one of the must-see museums in Paris, if not in the world. However it’s a daunting prospect – 403 rooms, 14.5km of corridors, 35 000 works of art on show (plus more than 400 000 more in store in the basement), huge lines outside and inside, crowds in front of the major works….
But don’t miss it. The artworks are breathtaking, the architecture awe inspiring, the pyramid delicate and beautiful. My advice? Take a guided tour, in a small group with a passionate guide. Believe me, this will totally transform your visit. A good guide will negotiate the lines, the endless corridors and the crowds for you, and bring the works of art to life. They will show you the major works housed in this amazing museum, and also introduce you to many other incredible treasures. I work with many wonderful guides, and hearing them share their knowledge of and passion for the artworks and artists is something I will never grow tired of. Even better, take a tour in the evening on a Wednesday or a Friday when the museum is open late, and enjoy the beauty of the fading light outside as the museum empties – you may even find you have some of the rooms to yourselves.
There is much, much more to the Louvre than the Mona Lisa, and even if you only spend a couple of hours there, do make sure you see more than just her.
- Musée du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris. métro; Palais Royal Musée du Louvre
Open daily except Tuesdays, 9:00 – 18:00. Wednesday and Friday open until 21:45