If you can time it right, why pay for the ticket? Free is always the right price.
Also, for transportation to the Louvre, use the Metro and go in by that enterance to avoid the lines of people. If you come in via the Jardin area and main enterance you will be caught - not only on free day but all days.
Fondest memory: Walking around Le Marais in the early morning and smelling the fresh coffee
Apparently there can be large quese at the ticket booth at the Louvre.
To jump the queue in front of the pyramid or at the ticket offices, all you need to do is buy your ticket in advance.
Tickets sold in advance are not available at the Louvre.
The entrance ticket to the museum is valid for an unlimited period of time.
You can buy your tickets in advance:
in Fnac, Virgin Megastore, Le Printemps, Les Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marchý, BHV, Carrefour, Continent, Auchan, Extrapole, Hyper-Media.
You can also get them via the internet at http://www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=europe&query=schedule&venue=louvre for visitors from USA and Canada.
http://www.ticketnet.fr/shop/fr/resultat.asp?recherche=mots&mots=mus%E9e%2Bdu%2Blouvre&idtier=138989 for visitors from other countries.
You can also call
Fnac : 0 892 684 694 (0,34 euros per min.) ; from abroad, please dial :
00 33 1 41 57 32 28
Ticketnet : 0 892 697 073 (0,34 euros per min.) ; from abroad, please dial :
00 33 1 46 91 57 57
Please refer to my other tips for package deals on tickets.
Package Transilien SNCF/ Musýe du Louvre (return train ticket and admission to the permanent collections) :
Paris : 9,60 euros
Zone 2 : 10,40 euros
Zone 3 : 10,90 euros
Zone 4 : 12,00 euros
Zone 5 : 14,60 euros
Zone 6 : 17,60 euros
You can purchase these tickets at most train stations in Paris.
Go to the Musee Rodin!
Save yourself the effort, however, and don't go to the Louvre. It is too vast to see in one day...if you have three days, like I did, you would get more out of exploring the city.
Fondest memory: I felt like I was in a French film one night at a cafe, when two drunk old men got up and started slow dancing. One was leaning on the other's shoulder, weeping.
A good place to begin your visit to Paris is at one of their Visitor Centers. The two most convenient are located at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, but there are 4 others throughout the city. Check out:
Look to the bottom left of the page for "Getting Around",
click Map of Paris, then you will see a map of Paris, look under the map to the right, it will say
"come see us in our information centers", click on that,
and you'll get a location map, list and address of every visitor center in the city. Amoung other things, you can purchase museum passes which can come in very handy.
The Carrousel of Louvre is a luxury underground shopping center with a lovely inverted pyramid in its centre.-
El Carrousel del Louvre is una lujosa galería que se encuentra bajo el Museo del Louvre, con una bella piramide invertida en su centro.-
L'escalier en colimaçon, spectaculaire, à l'intérieur du Louvre, sous la pyramide, vous permet d'accéder à un centre commercial souterrain. Vous y trouverez toutes les cartes postales des oeuvres exposées dans le musée (où l'utilisation des appareils photos est strictement réglementée), de nombreux livres d'art, des CD-roms et des souvenirs pour touristes.
A bas de l'escalier sont situés les entrées principales pour le musée.
Fondest memory: The spiral staircase, spectacular, inside the Louvre, under the pyramid, permits you to reach an underground shopping mall. You will find all post cards of the works exposed in the museum there (where the use of the cameras is regulated strictly), many books of art, the CD-ROM and memories for tourists.
To bottom of the staircase are situated the main entries for the museum.
Seeing many famous places, and I love art.
Fondest memory: I wish I could say it was The Louvre, they just happened to be on strike that day. I saw the outside, maybe the inside next visit.
My fondest memory was seeing the Ritz and the shrine above the tunnel where we all lost Princess Di.
Favorite thing: The Winged Victory of Samothrace followed in the footsteps of the Mona Lisa. By the end of this day, i had decided that I liekd my painting unpretentious and my sculptures in a real setting. Glasses canvasses and museumed sculptures didnt do it for me.
Favorite thing: The world's most famous smile, most famous strokes of paint on canvas. The Mona Lisa. Never expect too much of anything ... you will always be disappointed. Mona Lisa to me is the most over-rated painting in the whole world. I grew up with art teachers oohing-aahing over it. At the Louvre, i managed to get a close look. I looked and I looked and waited for the brillaince to dawn on me. It never did. I was more fixated by the mob around it than with the reason behind the mob. The Mona Lisa is for all the people you see in this picture ... people with shorts and sandals and bakpaks and siunglasses on top of their heads. All trying to get a look at what their guidebook says they cant leave Paris without looking at. I preferred Haystacks by Van Gogh in Amsterdam. It wasnt mobbed, and certainly wasn't preceeded by a lifetime of conditioning. Hence, it didnt disappoint.
Favorite thing: An endless snake of human bodies. In weird outfits. With maps in hand. They photographed much better than the building of hte Louvre ... of which I have about a dozen horrible pictures, none of which i will bother putting up.
Favorite thing: Finally made it to the Louvre on my third day in Paris. There is nothing that makes me sadder than perusing ancient artefacts on my own. Josh and Himanshi in tow, I hopes that Josh's irreverence and Himanshis insight would make for a nice day at the Louvre. We lost Josh. Somehwere inside that huge maze of corridors. Josh was left to fend his own. Himanshi and I accidentally walked out with our audio guides. We could have made away with them - nice little souvenirs. But we were responsible travellers, not annoying tourists, so were returned our audio guides much to the surprise of the guards.
Undoubtedly, it is one of the most famous and important museums in the world. The main entrance to the museum is the Napoleon Hall that is under the pyramid. (Here is where you can get the entrance fees). If you don´t have too much time, you should buy a "museum guide" to be able to visit, without wasting time, the places you are really interested in.
The most important works are: "The Gioconda"," Venus de Milo"; "Winged Victory and Seated Scribe". Although, these are the most important masterpieces, in my opinion, they are not the mos beautiful and impressing ones.
Sin dudas, uno de los museos más famosos e importantes del mundo. La principal entrada se encuentra en el hall Napoleón, que está bajo la pirámide (es allí donde se adquieren las entradas). Si no se tiene mucho tiempo para recorrer conviene obtener una guia del museo para visitar directamente las obras que se quiere ver.-
Las más importes son: "La Gioconda", "La Venus de Milo", "La Victoria Alada de Samotracia", "El escriba sentado" y para abogados, "El Código de Hammurabi".-
Favorite thing: No trip can be called complete without a trip to the Louvre. This place has so much art that it would take days if not months to see it all. Plan for a full day to make the mad dash through the exhibits.
My first visit to the museum of the Louvre, date of the time where, at 15 years old, I was in a school of painting, and I came to train before these biggest master works.
Le Grand Louvre, wanted by president François Mitterrand is one marvel. The old buildings have been restored marvelously, and our looks got used to the presence of the pyramid. Inside of the museum, the artistic treasures are enhanced better that per past
Fondest memory: Transparencies and contrasts of the architecture of two times marked well. With the games of the sprays of water, that frame the monument.
It is one of my favorite photos on the Louvre.
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