“Paris is always a good idea.”
One of the must-see sights in Paris. I’m saddened to say that I didn’t have as much appreciation for art when I visited this museum as I do now. I would go back in a heartbeat. I have to, actually. I barely have any pictures or memories from it because I walked through it rather quickly.
Tips for visiting the Louvre:
- Set aside at least 4 hours to go through the museum in its entirety. Take the time to appreciate the art; don’t just eye everything over and move on to the next room.
- Don’t do a guided tour. As nice as our guide was, she only went through key pieces of art so I feel like I only saw about 40% of the museum. It’s not her fault; it’s her job. If she were to elaborate about the history of every piece, we’d be there for days. If you do want to hear all of that, rent an audio guide and walk through yourself. It’ll save you the expense of the tour and the tip, and it’ll probably save you some time, too.
- When taking pictures of the art, make a list in your notes of what the piece is titled and who the artist is. I have multiple pictures and I only know the name of a couple. This will help you when uploading all your pictures to social media for family and friends to see, or if you want to go back and look at the photos later.
- Spend time in the courtyard, too. I don’t have any photos of the famous ‘three pyramids’ and I don’t even remember seeing them. The Louvre includes the entire courtyard, not just the museum.
- Bring a handheld fan for the wait in line. The pyramid is more humid than Houston, TX. For those of you who’ve never been to Houston…that means very, very, very humid.
These are tips I would follow if I were to visit again.
Don’t forget to see the Mona Lisa while you’re here! It’s the most famous work of art in the Louvre. In order to get a front row view, you’ll have to fight tooth and nail with other tourists. It’s absolute anarchy in that room. I was content to stay back and not lose an arm. I still got a decent view of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting.
A popular Greek sculpture at the museum is Venus de Milo.
I’m not sure what the name of this sculpture is, but I often joke that this is where the selfie came from.
Here is what the Louvre itself looks like.
The Louvre is a beautiful place and a historical landmark of Paris. If you ever find yourself in the city, make time to visit here. You won’t regret it.
If you happen to know the names of any of the pieces I pictured, please let me know! I’d love to put a name and/or artist to these beautiful works of art. Share with me your thoughts on the Louvre if you’ve been before or what you’re excited to see when you do go!