On this three-hour tour of the Louvre Museum we'll join an art historian from a local university to dive into most-visited collection of artworks in the world. One of our most popular tours in Paris, our Crash Course Louvre is appropriate for first-timers and art history devotees alike.
We’ll begin outside the museum, where we’ll learn how it transformed from an immense medieval fortress to a magnificent royal palace over the course of five centuries. Once we enter, we’ll start our visit with the Classical Antiquities wing, known for its stunning collection of Egyptian artifacts and awe-inspiring greek and Roman sculptures. We’ll next move on to 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, Veronese. We’ll also spend some time with the French Masters, and through the eyes of our expert guide learn more 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. We'll end our tour with an introduction to the famous Mona Lisa and the mysteries behind her smile. Here, due to the painting's display location and the waiting time to go inside, your guide will leave you in the waiting line if you choose to see the Mona Lisa or help you with directions so that you can continue exploring the museum independently.
Throughout the whole tour, our expert guide will curate our visit, selecting a mixture of famous and lesser-known works, crafting a narrative around our interests and questions. We’ll discuss anything from perspective in the late medieval to the Baroque period to issues of powers and politics as expressed by court painters, and more.
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?
The Louvre requires special reservations for groups larger than 6 persons. Please contact us for information on pricing and availability.
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.
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
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. Museum Pass holders also have access to this special line. Please note that on our small group tours the tickets are mandatory. If you booked a private tour and you have a Museum Pass please let us know at the time of booking.
Can I reenter the museum after exiting?
No! The tickets that we pre-purchase are dated and timed and cannot be used to reenter. You can, however, reenter with a Museum Pass.
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.
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.
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.
Is this tour appropriate for children?
For children under 13 we recommend our Louvre for Kids Tour
, which is led by scholars specially trained in educating children.