Hours, Admission & Directions
Welcome to the Musée du Louvre website.
Formerly a royal palace, the Louvre has embraced the history of France for eight centuries. Intended as a universal museum since its inception in 1793, its collections—among the finest in the world—span several thousands of years and a territory that extends from America to the confines of Asia. Divided among eight departments, these collections feature works admired throughout the globe, including the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo. The Louvre is currently the world’s most visited museum.
Musée du Louvre opening hours
Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.–9:45 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–9:45 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
On the first Saturday of each month, the museum is also open from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and admission is free for all visitors.
Rooms begin closing at 5:30 p.m., and at 9:30 p.m. on night openings.
On Mondays, December 24 and 31, 2018, the museum will be closing at 5 p.m.
The first rooms will begin closing around 30 minutes before, depending on the number of visitors in the museum.
When is the best time to visit the museum?
First thing in the morning or on night openings.
How can I get into the museum in less than 30 minutes?
By purchasing your ticket online:
You can also see how busy the museum is by downloading the application "Affluences".
Tuileries Garden opening hours:
- From September 24, 2017 to March 31, 2018:
Daily, 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
- From April 1 to May 31, 2018:
Daily, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
- From June 1 to August 31, 2018:
Daily, 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
- From September 1 to 22, 2018:
Daily, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Musée Eugène-Delacroix opening hours:
Monday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month)
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Last admission is at 5 p.m.
Opening of the museum on French public holidays:
Museum open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.*:
- April 21, 2019 (Easter Sunday)
- April 22, 2019 (Easter Monday)
- May 8, 2019
- May 30, 2019 (Ascension Day)
- June 9, 2019 (Pentecost)
- June 10, 2019 (Pentecost Monday)
- July 14, 2019 (Bastille Day)
- August 15, 2019
- November 1, 2019 (All Saints' Day)
- November 11, 2019
*Rooms begin closing at 5:30 p.m.
- January 1, 2019
- May 1, 2019
- December 25, 2019
The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For your safety
All visitors must comply with security checks. The Musée du Louvre thanks its visitors in advance for their understanding and cooperation in this matter. Large suitcases and bags are prohibited. In the event of an incident, visitors must vacate the danger zone, alert our security staff, and follow their instructions. Visitors may be confined or evacuated to a secure area while waiting for the police to arrive.