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Louvre Museum, Paris

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With an impressive collection of 30,000 pieces, it's nearly impossible to see all of Louvre Museum. The three "Great Ladies,” Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, and Mona Lisa, may be the museum’s most well-known attractions. The Michelangelo gallery is just one of 30-plus galleries, each with a theme, such as bronze. Masterpieces aren't the only pieces that stand out. Religious artifacts include a fragment of the Egyptian Book of the Dead on papyrus. Even more impressive is the Code of Hammurabi from the Mesopotamian civilization. English-language tours are available on several days, but you need advance registration. Join a city museum tour or order tickets in advance so you won't wait in a long line to gain entry. Take a look at our Paris itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Louvre Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The least amazing about this museum is the Mona Lisa painting. This says it all for this museum. All the art on display is all spectacular. The building is as spectacular in the evening as during the ...  more »
  • Beautiful museum, incredible collection! I would have liked to see the Middle Eastern collection, but the section was closed the day we went. There were lots of people but it was manageable. We couldn...  more »
  • ! day is not enough for visiting Louvren. Of course Mona Lisa was nice but there is so much more. Incredible painting in the roof, wonderful porcelain and many diffrent execusions.Dont miss how Louvre...  more »
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  • World-class art museum with plenty of big-name works. There also are some really cool sculptures in the Americas area. Make sure to look up and check out the ceilings, too. There is enough here for art-lovers to spend several days, or if you want to hit the big things and then browse a bit, it's good for a half-day visit. Lines may look long but move fairly quickly. We went without tickets in advance and it still did not take too long to get inside.
  • Beautiful. What can one say about The Louvre. It is massive and beautiful. A toned-down version of the Versailles Palace.....looks more like a Museum and less like what was once the residence for Royalty. The main feature, The Mona Lisa is in a huge room with a ton of people. There are signs warning tourists and visitors of pick pocketing...specially in this crowded room. Some areas of the museum are a little warm.... windows are open for air circulation....with the A.C stronger other parts. (Makes it hot in June/July). Another thing we discovered with kids.....bathrooms are up front at the entrance and far away in case you are somewhere in the middle of the museum. Louvre is a must-see. Absolutely beautiful artwork. It is closer to the center of town. **We stopped by Angelina's prior to the Louvre for amazing dessert and french pastry (Walking distance) Personally, I liked the Louvre....but LOVED THE VERSAILLES more. The Versailles is the Louvre on Steroids. Just an utter display of what you can create when money is no object. Gold and more gold.....just amazing!!!!!! Louvre is now set up and feels completely like a museum....definitely beautiful and a must to visit. The Versailles is set up more like a residence.....it allows you to actually see the way Royalty lived. Bedrooms....Party Room (Hall of Mirrors).....the personal Cathedral on property.... and so much more. DEFINITELY for The Louvre or Versailles: Get a skip the line pass....and private tour. So much more is understood when the guide shows you details and private areas that the public can not see. I got my tour through the Viator app......worth every penny (or Euro). Lines can exceed an hour or more.
  • A very beautiful museum that you must spend a day or two (or more) in if you wish to see it all. It's amazing and relatively uncrowded until you near the Mona Lisa, although I'd recommend the experience anyway if you've never seen her. We had audio guides but found them unnecessary because we prefer to view the displays on our own, but they were nice when we used them. It can be a bit full when entering the museum as well, but we still only waited about 10 minutes from the line to security until we left the audio guide line on a Friday evening.
  • Spent 4 hours but only explored 1/3 of the museum. Every single piece shown is absolutely incredible. The sheer quantity allow a in depth look at art from various periods and regions. Come later at night. I would highly recommend coming on Friday after 6 as the line is not very long and it is free for anyone under 26.
  • 3 hours was too short for us, but also just right to see most of the main sights for first timers. Great art work from many periods. Be sure to check online which rooms are closed a head of time as the place is so big they have to circulate the closure of various sections for maintenance and what not. On our day the french paintings were closed. We left with a desire to plan a longer visit next time.

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