The Louvre Museum in Paris is one of the most famous museums in the world and houses an amazingly vast collection of art from various civilizations spanning centuries.
Opting for guided tours will best suit those who are not so into art but looking to have a better understanding about it. Guides will help you throughout your visit at the Louvre.
Guided tours of the Louvre Museum are available in English daily. The tour last 90 minutes and takes you through some of the most renowned pieces of artwork displayed at the Louvre. Guided tours in English are available between 3 to 5 times a day based on seasonal demand.
Louvre tours typically start on American architect Im Pei’s glass pyramid which is placed at the middle of the museum. Fees are charged on adults, free among kids aged under 13, and a discount is offered for those 13 to 18 years of age.
Guided tours of the Louvre are limited to 30 people and places are allocated on a first come first serve basis, so it’s recommended to arrive the glass pyramid 30 minutes before the tour commences in order to register your names.
Apart from human tour guides, Louvre also offers audio guides in six separate languages. It orients you to art collections like an ordinary human guide does. They are also 90-minute tours and audios can be rented on the front desk of Louvre.
The Louvre Museum is open from 9 a.m to 6 p.m from Wednesdays to Mondays and is closed on Tuesdays and holidays. Some areas of the museum are left open until 9.45 in the evening during Mondays. Louvre guards will start checking the areas half an hour before closing and will stop selling tickets quarter an hour before closing.
Standard tickets facilitate you to enter the museum as many times as you like within one day, enabling you to leave for lunch or to rest in the middle of the day. Standard tickets enable you to see all permanent exhibits; however, temporary exhibits incur an additional fee.
Louvre permits everybody to enter for free on the first Sunday of the month. But if you are opting to do a “museum hop” across Paris, then getting yourself a Paris museum pass is suggested. This will allow you to enter 70 museums in Paris.
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