The only thing worth of the long queue in this museum is the palace that hosts it. There are many paintings and works of art, but most of them are not so valuable for the fame of the museum . Few people seem to pay attention to them until you reach the *tiny* Mona Lisa.
From my opinion, the Louvre is:
1. Overpriced(why da hell do they even charged!)
2. Over-rated(no questions asked!)
3. Too big(I didn't like the idea of walking up and down and finding ma walk through, it's just too complicating especially when there so many other people around!)
I wouldn't really recommend the Louvre unless you've got loads of time to spare. I'm not showing my arrogance but being in a swarm of dork-heads who know nothing about arts and who are just there at the Louvre for the sake of it was killing me silently!
Unique Suggestions: Though I had just nothing to feel for this place, I do actually quite liked the mediaval part in the basement.
Of course, you've gotta do the Louvre. It's a world's best destination. But there are the lines of people waiting in the courtyard to enter through the Pyramid. Intimidating, to say the least.
Unique Suggestions: But the Louvre can be enjoyed with remarkable ease and comfort. First off, arrive early and watch the people queueing from your seat in Cafe Marly. Enjoy your espresso and croissant while you marvel at the international breadth of the queue's population. Take your time. Give up your spectator perch only when you are ready to enter the Louvre, and then walk across the courtyard (waving at the queued folks) and aim for the Arch du Carroussel. At the base of the Arch is a staircase that leads to the mall under the Louvre's courtyard and provides direct access to the Louvre.
Fun Alternatives: The Louvre is huge, and seeing it is sensory overload in the extreme. Musee d'Orsay is far more managable, and the works of the Impressionists (1875-1910) is more representative of the romance of Paris. Actually, there's no crime in avoiding museums altogether. I've happily left friends to these two museums while I hang out in the Tuilieries Garden watching kids and their sailboats, killer lawnbowling, reading and people-watching. I don't seem to have suffered for it.
The Louvre is probably the world's most famous museum and one of Paris's most visited tourits attractions, yet I have never really enjoyed my visits here. I think you'd need a few days to fully explore each wing, and I have never had the patience or love or art to do so. I found it repetitive, vast, and not half as interesting as expected.
Many people just visit to see La Joconde (Mona Lisa) which is as much a let down as anything else here (it also takes forever to find it).
Unique Suggestions: Go on Sundays when it is free or on afternoons after 3pm when it's either free or half-price (can't remember which).
Fun Alternatives: I much preferred Musee D'Orsay (see my must-see activities). Some of the smaller museums such as the Dali, or Picasso, are a better option.
The true identity of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa has puzzled experts for years.
But a German now believes she was Countess Caterina Sforza from Italy. The countess is said to have been married three times, had 11 children and countless lovers.
According to Bild, Leverkusen-based Magdalena Soest says she was one of the best known courtesans of the Renaissance.
Ms Soest claims to have unearthed a second comtemporary picture by Italian artist Lorenzo di Credi to prove it.
She was 25 at the time and not as famous as when da Vinci apparently portrayed her in 1503 at the age of 40.
Probably the most overrated painting you'll get to see in the Louvre is the Mona Lisa. This painting is so small, you don't want to know. I really didn't understand when I saw it why this is one of the most important paintings in the world. You know you see a good painting if you look at for example de Nachtwacht in Amsterdam, but the Mona Lisa to me wasn't impressive at all :-/
Pic from: http://www.pbs.org/treasuresoftheworld/a_nav/mona_nav/main_monafrm.html
Unique Suggestions: Pay more attention to all of the other art in the museum!
Many people don't know the Louvre has a second entrance which can save you a really long wait in a que. Imagine the Louvre as a U shape then there's an entrance on the left hand side about 3/4 of the way up. This is my best Paris tip.
Don't make the mistake of joining the huge lines entering through the pyramid. Go directly to the giftshop, there is an entrance to the museum down there, with only a fraction of wait.
Musee Lovre. This is a wonderful Museum, but it is impossible at times to see the Picture 'Mona Lisa' as the crowds get so thick.