Louvre Museum, Paris
Ranked #3 in France Tourism
The French hit the right note when it comes to the Louvre Museum. This finest of the fine museum is more than just that, it transports you to a parallel dimension where freedom of expression and creativity fought to find the breath of life and when it did, it lived on in human immortality.
Louvre Museum Collection
Displayed in the Musée de Louvre (Louvre Museum) is a vast collection of priceless artwork residing in a building (actually the Palais du Louvre or Louvre Palace) that suits them and brought to the forefront of your consciousness with exceptional lighting and skillful narration from trained guides.
Having accrued its fair share of conspiracy after Dan Brown was done revealing the idea of the Sacred Feminine and Leonardo Da Vinci’s involvement in a time when such secrets were being buried, the Mona Lisa is one of many priceless paintings that have gathered the attention of billions of people the world over.
Yes, there is some truth to what Mr. Brown wrote in his book, though many beg to differ. You’ll find the embers that make up this flame here in the Louvre, from the sensational glass triangle edifice outside in the Square to more besides. In addition you have 8 eight thematic departments hosting 35,000 pieces of artwork that find their roots from antiquity to the early modern period to check out too.
The artists whose impressions these paintings are deserve all praise for what they did. Delacroix, Rubens, Vermeer and of course Da Vinci are among the most prominent. There are art collections from Greco-Roman times, Egypt and the Middle East as well.
Louvre Museum Hours
The free admission on the first Sunday of each month is something to avoid. It’s when a whole rush of admirers gain access to the Louvre and you simply won’t have as much fun or sight range to appreciate the collection.
Wednesday and Friday at 9 am to 10 pm and Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 9 am to 6 pm are better bets; they’re normal fee-requiring entry times. Be sure you don’t plan on visiting this magnificent marvel on a Tuesday, it’s closed. Also, make sure you don’t go on the listed dates for when they’re not open to the public.
Louvre Museum Tour
Guided tours of the Louvre are readily available. The only thing about them is you’ve got to book in advance and be on time when the tour is scheduled to start. As obvious as this may sound, you’d be surprised just how many people don’t follow the simple rule and cause a delay for the rest of the group.
Get your hands on these brochures: Louvre Museum Permanent Collections Guide, Special Events at the Louvre and Information on temporary exhibits at the Louvre. If you can’t find them as a brochure, look them up. The info under those very topics will save you time and money and you get to see the Louvre as it’s meant to be.
Paris may be one of the most romantic, hip and happening, and party-friendly place in the world, but the Louvre adds something special to the city’s façade. This jewel is what makes Paris gain that extra respect in the eyes of the world.