The Louvre Museum
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Hotel near The Louvre Museum : Hotel France Louvre
The Louvre is a French palace and the national art museum of France; is one of the largest palaces in the world and, as a former residence of the kings of France, one of the most illustrious. It exemplifies traditional French architecture since the Renaissance, and it houses a magnificent collection of ancient and Western art.
It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district).
Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square meters (652,300 square feet). With more than 8 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world's most visited museum.
Getting to The Louvre
Métro: Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station. (Line 1 and 7)
Bus: the following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus.
Car: an underground parking garage is available for those coming by car. The entrance is located on avenue du Général Lemonnier. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Batobus: get off at the Louvre stop, quai François Mitterrand.
From Orly Airport: take the RER C train, direction Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel, and get off at Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame. Walk to the place Saint-Michel and take bus no. 27, direction Saint-Lazare. Get off at the Louvre, in front of the Pyramid.
From Charles de Gaulle Airport: take the RER B train, direction Massy-Palaiseau, and change at Châtelet-les-Halles to line 14, direction Saint-Lazare. Get off at Pyramides station and walk to the Louvre from there (3 minutes). Alternatively, take Métro line 1 at Châtelet-les-Halles, and get off at Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre.
Vélib' stations (bicycle sharing system):
No. 1015: 2 place A. Malraux
No. 1023: 165 rue Saint-Honoré
No. 1014: 5 rue de l’Echelle
No. 1013: 186 rue Saint-Honoré
Entrances for individual visitors
Visitor with advance tickets (including Paris Museum Pass): entrance via the Pyramid without having to queue.
Holders of one of the Louvre member passes: Passage Richelieu entrance.
This includes members of the Société des Amis du Louvre and the American Friends of the Louvre, as well as holders of the Carte Louvre Jeunes and the Carte Louvre Professionnels.
Members of partner organizations and companies can also use these entrances on presentation of their passes.
Tickets for the Permanent Collections: €11
Full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon
also valid for the Musée Eugène Delacroix.
Tickets for Exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon: €12
Note that free admission to the museum on the first Sunday of every month does not include the exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon.
Combined Ticket: €15
Access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in both the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix.
Free Admission to the Louvre
Admission to the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix is free for the following visitor categories (valid ID or proof of entitlement required):
- visitors under the age of 18
- 18-25 year-old residents of the European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein)
- teachers of art, art history, and the applied arts
- holders of the "Pass Education" (primary and secondary school teachers in French public schools and private schools receiving government subsidies)
- artists affiliated to the Maison des Artistes (in France) or the AIAP (Association Internationale des Arts Plastiques)
- unemployed individuals and visitors receiving benefits (proof of entitlement must be dated within the last six months)
- disabled visitors and their guest or helper
A list of all acceptable proofs of entitlement is available at the museum from the Information Desk (under the Pyramid).
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17 (except Tuesdays)
Free admission for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month and on July 14
(except for the temporary exhibitions in the Napoleon Hall).
On Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., admission to the permanent collections is free for under-26s regardless of nationality (upon presentation of ID).
The museum is open
The museum is open every day except Tuesday and the following French holidays: December 25, January 1, and May 1.
Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time.