This private 2.5-hour Louvre for Kids tour, led by a specially trained family-friendly art historian, provides an interactive learning experience for children exploring the Louvre Museum’s many famous works of art. Innovative and engaging, this tour is tailored to the children’s interest to encourage curiosity and abstract thinking and change the way they experience museums.
Accompanied by an expert in art history, we’ll begin at the beginning—the building itself. We’ll discuss its origins as a fortress to its role as palace of the French Kings and Queens and share the stories surrounding the building. Then, we might journey off to ancient Egypt to investigate the pharaonic legends told through their hieroglyphs. We’ll certainly venture to ancient Greece, perhaps first through the elusive Winged Victory of Samothrace or the famous Venus de Milo, asking questions like, Why doesn’t she have arms? What else can we learn from her pose? Next we’ll travel through the painting wings, where we might see the curious smile of the heroine Mona Lisa or get into the nitty-gritty of the Romantic or Neoclassical movements in French and Italian painting.
At each stop, our expert guide, trained in visual thinking strategies, will keep the young adventurers interested with inquisitive questions and activities to bring the artwork to life, while also engaging parents in the learning process. By the end of the walk, your family will not only have discovered fascinating characters and stories behind the masterworks in the Louvre's extensive collection, but also have acquired a grasp of the evolution of art history.
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
What is a small group tour?
Our small group tours cover many of the same itineraries as our private tours, but they place you with other travelers in groups of 6 or less. They operate on a pre-scheduled calendar, and are designed to provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from other travelers. Most of our small group tours require at least three (3) participants to run, although there is some variation from walk to walk. However, there is some variation from walk to walk. As you sign up for a tentative walk we display the minimum number required in order to confirm.
Where do we meet? Where does the tour end?
Generally speaking, the walk begins at a café near the Louvre. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map and 24-hour phone number for any last-minute issues. The walk ends inside the Louvre, and you are free to stay on after the tour is over and continue exploring the museum's collection.
There are 7 in my family but your website won't allow me to include more than 6 participants. Can't you make an exception?
Unfortunately not. The group size restriction is imposed by the museum. Please contact us to work out an alternative solution.
When is the best time to visit the Louvre?
The ideal time to visit the Louvre is on Wednesday and Friday evenings when the museum is open until 9:45 pm, as there are fewer visitors. Note that not all rooms are open every day of the week, so if you are looking to book one of our more specialized tours and it's not available on Wednesday or Friday evenings, it's because those rooms are closed. Our introductory Crash Course Louvre Tour
and Louvre for Kids Tour
are available to be booked at these times.
Is there a long line to enter the museum? Can I "skip the line"?
If you have one of our pre-purchased tickets, you will not be required to wait in any ticket line. There is a security check through which all visitors to the museum are required to pass, and there is sometimes a line for this. Because we have advance tickets, we have access to a special ticket holder security line, which is very short.
Can I reenter the museum after exiting?
The tickets that we pre-purchase are dated, timed and nominative and cannot be used to reenter.
If I have a Museum Pass could I get a refund for the Louvre tickets purchased at the time of my booking?
The tickets are usually mandatory, but we can make an exception on our private tours if you give us enough notice. However, during the high-season, access to the museum might be limited to visitors with pre-scheduled tickets. We recommend purchasing the tickets through us to guarantee access through the pyramid. We purchase dated, timed tickets well in advance of your tour to ensure accessibility to the museum on a specific day and time.
I’ve heard the Louvre is enormous, how should I decide what to see?
The Louvre has one of the largest art collections in the world and it would take weeks to see it all. To make the most of your visit, it’s a good idea to read up on the different sections (perhaps in your guide book) so you can have a better idea of what you would be interested in seeing. The Crash Course Louvre Tour
and Louvre for Kids Tour
provide an introduction to the collection and its highlights. We also offer more specialized tours privately (see the tour description above for more information). If you are visiting the museum on your own, try not to see everything, you will appreciate the works more by focusing on a few sections, pick up a map at the info desk which will help you navigate its vast wings.Will you pre-purchase tickets?
We pre-purchase dated and timed Louvre tickets for all visitors, which give access to the museum within half an hour of the time shown on the ticket. These tickets will only allow you to enter the museum once. Any exit is final. Your guide will have the tickets with him/her on the day of the tour. Unfortunately, we will not be able to refund your Louvre tickets if you have Museum Passes. The tickets are mandatory.
Louvre tickets description:
- Fast-track access to the Louvre
- Tickets are dated, timed and named
- Enter via a special entrance, using the line for ticket holders with a timeslot
- Admission within 30 minutes before and after the timeslot received
- If you leave the museum, you won't be allowed back in with the same ticket
- Ticket holders may be asked to present a valid photo ID. Without it, access to the museum could be refused
Will I see the Mona Lisa?
Your tour will end with an introduction to Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, but due to its display location and the waiting time to see the painting, your guide may not be able to take you inside the Mona Lisa room. Your expert guide will accompany you to the entrance of the room and provide you with directions should you like to continue exploring the museum independently.
Can I customize the tour to include other rooms inside the museum?
Yes. We can arrange private visits with a precise focus:
- Louvre Antiquities Tour
- Louvre Dutch and Flemish Tour
- Louvre French Masters Tour
- Louvre Architecture Tour
- Louvre Italian Masters Tour
Please contact us to discuss options and pricing.
Where can I get a snack or have lunch?
While eating inside the collections is not advisable, bags are not searched for food, so you could bring along a snack, sandwich or bottle of water in your bag and have a break in the main foyer. There are numerous cafes throughout the museum and in the Carrousel du Louvre, the shopping centre attached to the museum, you can find a fairly good food court with world cuisine. For a more leisurely lunch or break, try the Café Marly which is on the North Side of the Cour Napoleon (part of the Richelieu wing), great for people watching.
Is the Louvre wheelchair accessible?
The Louvre is wheelchair accessible and you can request a temporary wheelchair loan from the information desk. There are elevators throughout the museum as well and you can print a wheelchair accessibility guide from the site. We are happy to custom design visits to the Louvre for visitors with mobility concerns.
Are strollers allowed in the Louvre?
Strollers are allowed in the museum. You can bring your own or request a temporary stroller from the information desk. There are elevators throughout the museum as well to facilitate your visit. You can find more information on the Louvre website.
My family has already done your Louvre for Families walk. If we wanted to do it again, could we do so with a different route through the museum?
This is certainly possible. Please contact us about designing a second visit!