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Louvre Museum Tour: A Guided Crash Course

Get an insider's view of the world's largest art collection
From US$171 for 1 person
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
Louvre Museum
Photos & Highlights
  • Join an engaging local expert at the top of their field, such as art history or museum curation, as you explore the most-visited collection of artworks in the world
  • Unique, personal tours for the intentional traveler. Choose from private tours for just you and your party, or join a small group tour with up 6 other travelers
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Tour Description
Over the course of your three-hour visit, you’ll learn how the museum transformed over five centuries from an immense medieval fortress to a magnificent royal palace, to the museum we know today. 

Each expert-guide has their own preferred route to touch upon the most important works on display. You may start your visit by heading to the Classical Antiquities wing, known for its stunning collection of Egyptian artifacts and awe-inspiring Greek and Roman sculptures. You will touch upon the Denon Wing, the grand galleries of Italian painting, and be treated to some of the greatest works of art in the Western world, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Veronese. 

You will also spend some time with the French Masters, learning about the late 18th- and early 19th-century rival art movements of Neoclassicism, led by Jacques-Louis David, and Romanticism, spearheaded by Théodore Gericault and Eugène Delacroix. And of course, what visit to the Louvre would be complete without saying hello to the Mona Lisa and discussing the mysteries behind her smile? 

Your guide will curate your visit, selecting a mixture of famous and lesser-known works and crafting a narrative around your interests and questions. You’ll discuss anything from perspective in the late medieval era, to the Baroque period, to issues of powers and politics as expressed by court painters, and more.

  • It’s your first time in Paris and you’re seeking a comprehensive and engaging tour that will help you understand the Louvre collections 
  • You’re returning to Paris and wish to explore and go deeper into the museum’s masterpieces
  • If you’re traveling with children under the age of 12, we recommend our family-oriented Louvre for Kids Tour.
  • Louvre Museum – One of the world's largest and most famous art museums, housing an extensive collection of art and historical artifacts.
  • Incudes Louvre Museum tickets
  • Our tickets will get us to a special group tour entrance, using the line for ticket holders with a time slot, where our group will have to stand in line due to security measures and crowd control measures.
Meeting and Ending Point 
  • We meet at a café near the Louvre and end in the museum so you can stay inside and continue to visit on your own if you choose to do so. 
  • The exact meeting point and map are communicated in your confirmation email.
  • Depending on your group size, you may have headsets on the tour. 
  • For more information on planning your tour, take a read through our How to Visit the Louvre resources page.
  • If you are looking to learn more about Paris prior to a visit, check out our online lectures at Context Learning.
  • People with disabilities may be entitled to free entry to the Louvre. Please contact us to discuss if you qualify.
Wheelchair accessibility
  • 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.
Service Dogs 
  • Service dogs are allowed if you have a medical certificate proving the need. 
  • For more information about Context tours, please visit our FAQs.
Why can’t I book this tour for more than 6 people?
Our Louvre tours are capped at 6 due to venue reservation restrictions, this also helps your tour experience in order to best navigate the museum and crowds. Should you have a larger group, we suggest splitting into multiple groups.

I have purchased a Museum Pass, can I use it on my Context tours?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to refund your Louvre tickets if you have Museum Passes.
Book with confidence — see Context's flexible cancellation policy here.
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Lindsay is gifted at this touring thing! She was able to pull out details and specific stories that were totally off the beaten track and yet relevant to the present day. We had a fascinating time and would highly recommend this tour!
Laurent was an excellent guide. Very attentive to my mother who is hard hearing and needed wheelchair. Had great knowledge and good energy!
Amelie was wonderful. She understood that we were on tour for our 15 year old granddaughter and she customized our tour for her interests. It was a very pleasant and informative tour. Thank you.

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