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The Louvre is one of Paris’s most famous attractions. With so much to see, try our guide to help you make the most of your visit.

visiting the Louvre

Even if you are not a huge fan of art, if you book yourself discount Flights to Paris it’s a far bet that you’ll end up at the Louvre. It is one of the city’s most popular attractions with around 10 million visitors through the doors each year. This mega museum is home to 35,000 pieces housed in 300 different rooms and is packed full of fascinating artworks from around the globe. But with so much ground to cover, how do you make sure that you don’t miss out? Try these handy hints to help you make the most of your visit.

Plan ahead

Before you visit the Louvre, have a look at the website and check out the floor plans. These will let you know the location of key exhibits and allow you to effectively plan a route. The museum also has audio guides available to provide additional information on your tour.

Prioritise

It would be impossible to see everything in one trip so decide which exhibits are the ones that you most want to visit. The Mona Lisa is of course the most popular, but be prepared to face crowds that are several feet deep around this portrait; you may not get the greatest view. The Venus de Milo and Winged Victory are two of the other major draws. You may decide to simply see the highlights, or pick a selection of rooms based around a particular school of painting.

Be flexible

The Louvre is open from 9am until 6pm every day except Tuesday. Late opening until 9.45pm is available on Wednesdays and Fridays. Visiting later in the day should mean that the crowds have thinned a little and although this leaves you less time to get round the museum, the entry fee is also reduced.

Avoid the crowds

The main entrance to the Louvre can be extremely busy with crowds making their way through security. If you want a less chaotic start to your visit then enter through the Carrousel du Louvre, in the underground shopping centre. There are plenty of ticket machines to speed up the process and far fewer visitors gaining access this way.

Be prepared

Even if you only intend to see the main attractions, you will be covering a lot of ground so comfortable shoes are essential. There are cafes but these will be busy and far from cheap so don’t forget to take some bottled water. It can also get very warm, so it’s better to wear thin, easily removed layers to keep cool during your visit. A little forward planning can ensure you get everything you want from your trip and don’t miss any of your favourite artworks.

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