An Evening at The Louvre

An evening at the Louvre

The Louvre is more than the world’s most famous art museum. For centuries, it was the residence of many French monarchs. The building has been altered and modified almost under almost every monarch. The most recent additions, under Napoleon, are still visible by the letter “N.” His initial decorates and embellishes many areas of the Museum’s facade.

Louvre Courtyard | An Evening at The Louvre As the world’s most famous museum, there are bound to be long queues. The Louvre is open until 10:00pm Wednesdays and Fridays. This is the best time to visit as many people don’t think of visiting the Louvre in the evening. To avoid long queues, arrive between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm when many people are out finding dinner or having a pre-supper snack.

Glass Pyramid | An Evening at The Louvre Guests enter the museum via the Pyramid – you can’t miss it. Be prepared to go through security. Also, if it’s a sunny day, it’s quite warm in that Pyramid. You’ll then descend the stairs and can purchase your ticket at any of the ticket booths. Note: if you have a Paris Pass you can start at any wing you wish without stopping at the ticket booth (unless you wish to purchase an audio guide).

To start your Louvre adventure, you have three wings to choose from: Richelin, Sully and Denon. It is recommended to have a plan before starting this endeavor! The Louvre’s website has some great resources to help you plan out what to see and how to find it. Otherwise you will walk around aimlessly – guaranteed!

Inside the Louvre | An Evening at The Louvre

Make the Mona Lisa your first stop. Once you’ve seen her, you are free to explore the rest of the museum. Be warned, you’ll most likely walk into a room filled like this or worse.

Mona Lisa Room | An Evening at The Louvre

However, she is quite remarkable up close and worth the maze of hallways to find her.

Mona Lisa | An Evening at The Louvre

There are so many pieces of priceless art – both literally and figuratively. As a History major, I have studied many of the art pieces on display here and it is a surreal experience to see them out of the pages of a textbook.

Coronation of Josephine | An Evening at The Louvre

The Coronation of Josephine by Jacques-Louis David

Don’t get discouraged if you can’t see everything in one day. Instead, focus on what you can see and appreciate it up close.

Have you been to the Louvre? What was your favourite part?


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12 thoughts on “An Evening at The Louvre

  1. Olivia

    I also never got to see everything in the Louvre the last time I was there. It’s impossible even if I spent the entire day. I focused instead on what I wanted to see 🙂 The Mona Lisa was exquisite, worth all the attention!
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  2. Jackie | The Globetrotting Teacher

    The Louvre is a must if you’re in Paris, especially for the first-time. Seeing it at night is a great tip, as well as having a plan. Louvre fatigue is real! I’d also recommend a visit to the nearby Musee de l’Orangerie. It’s a small museum showcasing Monet’s water lilly paintings and other masterpieces by well-known impressionist artists.

    1. simplysojourns Post author

      Hi Jackie! Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately we didn’t have the chance to see the Louvre at night. I’ll make sure to do that next time we’re there 🙂

  3. Amanda - EatWorkTravel

    We have not been to Paris yet but the Louvre with be on our list when we get there. Great tip about going in the evening, I would never have considered a museum would be open that late! Thank you for joining #weekendwanderlust!

    1. simplysojourns Post author

      It’s huge, isn’t it? I didn’t know it was that big either! My husband does not like art, but he loved the Louvre. Happy to hear your kids liked it too 🙂

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