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Groups & Schools General conditions for group visits

All group visits to the museum must be booked in advance. This enables us to schedule groups throughout the day, thereby avoiding overcrowding. Groups of up to 25 are admitted (20 for the Department of Decorative Arts and temporary exhibitions).

You can visit the Louvre as a self-guided group, organizing your tour as you see fit.
You can follow a guided tour with one of the museum's official guides.

Guided tours given by official guides of the Musées Nationaux are available in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian, as well as in French sign language (LSF). Each tour lasts 90 minutes.

Days and times of tours

Tours are given every day during opening hours, except:
- public holidays
- the first Sunday of each month
- July 14 (French national holiday)

Tour departure times:
- Wednesday and Friday: 9:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. except the first Sunday of each month

Reservation schedule

Book your guided tour according to the following schedule

  • Visits from January to March: reservations start mid-November of the previous year (2012: November 13)
  • Visits from April to June: reservations start mid-February (2013: February 12)
  • Visits from July to August: reservations start mid-May (2013: May 14)
  • Visits from September to December: reservations start mid-July (2013: July 16)

Making a reservation

Print and fill out your reservation form and return it to us by mail or fax.

Musée du Louvre
Direction Accueil Surveillance Vente 
Service Vente et Réservation à Distance 
Activités avec conférenciers
75058 Paris cedex 01

Fax +33 (0)1 40 20 84 58

You can also book your visit by phone.
Tel. +33 (0)1 40 20 51 77

Advance reservations, subject to the same conditions, are also required for group tours of the Musée Eugène Delacroix, which is administered by the Louvre.

Leaders in charge of groups from schools or associations may prepare their visit at the Médiathèque (Media center), free of charge.

Practical information

The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
Closed on the following holidays: January 1, May 1, December 25
Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris - France
Métro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

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