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Top 5 Things to See at the Louvre in Paris

Top 5 Things to See at the Louvre in Paris

Formerly a royal palace, the Louvre is one of the world’s top art museums, home to a collection of paintings, sculptures, and antiquities that spans from the 7th millennium BC to the 19th century. With three wings and five levels, the Louvre can be overwhelming for visitors, but here are five sections you won't want to miss.

Italian Paintings, 13th to 18th century (1st floor Denon wing)

When you spot the mass of people gathered around a painting that’s smaller than you expect, you know you’re in the right place. This is where Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa can be found, as well as The Wedding Feast at Cana and works by Raphael and Caravaggio.

Napoleon III Apartments (1st floor Richelieu wing)

Part of the museum’s Decorative Arts collection, the tucked-away Napoleon III Apartments are overlooked by many visitors who head straight to the big-name paintings and sculptures. This respite from the crowds highlights the lavish, gilded decor of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities (ground floor Denon and Sully wings, 1st floor Sully wing)

Spread across three floors, this large collection includes two Greek sculptures that draw most of the attention— Venus de Milo (Aphrodite), circa 100 BC, on the ground floor and The Winged Victory of Samothrace, circa 200 BC, on the first floor.


French Paintings, 14th to 19th centuries (2nd floor Richelieu and Sully wings)

The Louvre’s art collection stops just before the start of the Impressionist period in the mid-1800s, so don’t expect to see Monet. The French paintings here include works by La Tour and Delacroix.


Northern European Paintings, 14th to 19th centuries (2nd floor Richelieu wing)

Further down the Richelieu wing from the French paintings, you find Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer with works such as Bathsheba at Her Bath, The Lacemaker, and The Astronomer. German and Flemish pieces are also on display.

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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Venus de Milo & Mona Lisa

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Experience culture and art through the ages with a small-group tour of Paris’ epic Louvre Museum. Jump the queue and learn about some of the museum’s 35,000 artworks across eight themed galleries from your art historian guide. Then enjoy time on your own to explore, viewing paintings, sculpture, and architecture from 450 BC to the 19th century. Numbers are limited to 25 on this small-group tour or upgrade your ticket to a private tour exclusive to just your group. 
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Louvre Museum Skip-the-line Access Private Guided Tour

Louvre Museum Skip-the-line Access Private Guided Tour

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Prepare to be inspired by some of the world’s most famous artists as you step inside the iconic Louvre Museum. Head straight to the front of the queue with skip-the-line entrance, then journey through art history on a private tour. With the help of your expert guide, see masterpieces like the 'Venus de Milo' and the 'Mona Lisa,' learn about the evolution of art around the world, and discover little-known gems that many visitors miss.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Louvre Museum Priority Access with Audio Guide

Louvre Museum Priority Access with Audio Guide

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Travel from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance with a skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Louvre, a sprawling former palace. Glide right past the long lines for a cultural immersion with an included audio tour and museum map. Make a beeline to whatever strikes your fancy, such as Da Vinci's enigmatic "Mona Lisa" and the imposing "Venus de Milo" sculpture. Suggested routes let you explore independently while taking your time.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Louvre Museum Small Group English Guided Tour

Louvre Museum Small Group English Guided Tour

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See the world-class treasures of Paris’s Louvre Museum on a 2-hour guided tour. Bypass the long entrance queues with a skip-the-line ticket, and follow an expert guide straight to collection highlights including the ‘Mona Lisa,’ ‘Venus de Milo’ and ‘Winged Victory of Samothrace.’ Learn the backstories of these artistic masterpieces to enrich your experience, and feel free to continue exploring the museum at the end of the tour. Group size is limited to six people for a more intimate tour.
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Paris Louvre Museum Must-See Skip-the-Line Private & Tailored Guided Tour

Paris Louvre Museum Must-See Skip-the-Line Private & Tailored Guided Tour

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Maximize your time at the Louvre with skip-the-line entrance and a private guided tour for you and your party. Take all the hassle out of exploring the world’s largest museum, as your guide whisks you to star attractions like the ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Raft of the Medusa’ and ‘Venus de Milo’, and points out lesser-known gems among the vast exhibitions. Best of all: your private tour can be tailored to your preferences and you can stay at the museum as long as you like after the tour ends.
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Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour
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Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour

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Enjoy skip-the-line access to two of Paris' most popular art museums on this small-group tour of the enormous Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay. Avoid wasting time waiting in the long lines that often form at these top attractions, plus get guided tours of both so you don't miss any of the masterpieces they contain. See Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' and the exquisite 'Venus de Milo' at the Louvre, and the work of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin and many more masters at the Musée d’Orsay. Group size is limited to eight to ensure a personalized experience.
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Semi-Private Louvre Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry - Group of 12 max

Semi-Private Louvre Museum Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry - Group of 12 max

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Breeze past the crowds queuing up at the Louvre for your semi-private tour of the iconic collection. With your art historian guide and a small group of 12 people or fewer, skip the line and get straight to viewing the art. Admire the Louvre's spectacular collection from all over the world, dating from 450 BC through the 1800s. This semi-private tour ensures a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from your guide. Entrance fees and use of headsets are included.
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Group or Private Louvre Highlights Tour: Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo & Crown Jewels
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Group or Private Louvre Highlights Tour: Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo & Crown Jewels

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Get straight to the heart of France's most famous art destination on this express tour of the Louvre. Skip the long entrance lines with a small group of no more than 20 and head straight for the museum's most famous and captivating works, including the 'Mona Lisa,' 'The Raft of the Medusa,' and other masterpieces. Enhance your viewing experience by learning the stories and secrets behind the art and artists from an expert licensed guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Louvre Museum Masterpieces Guided Tour
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Louvre Museum Masterpieces Guided Tour

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Paris’ Louvre Museum is one of the biggest art museums in the world and it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. This guided tour ensures you don’t miss any of the highlights, provides background information about famous works like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, and introduces you to less-known masterpieces and architectural details along the way.
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Louvre Museum Skip the Line E-Ticket Entrance with Host

Louvre Museum Skip the Line E-Ticket Entrance with Host

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Avoid long lines with easy prepaid access to the Louvre. Enrich your visit with a 30-minute introduction upon arrival. Then tour the museum at your own pace, stopping to admire celebrated pieces like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Spend as much time as you wish in this incredible museum featuring nearly 460,000 works of art.
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