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.
High visitor numbers are expected in the coming days. For this reason, we strongly recommend buying tickets online to ensure entry to the museum.
Musée du Louvre
Tickets purchased online: €17
Quick entry to the museum in less than 30 minutes
Tickets purchased at the museum: €15
Please note that tickets are valid only for the chosen service, date and time.
Once visitors leave the museum (through the Pyramid or the Porte des Lions), they will not be able to re-enter.
Tickets purchased at the museum: €7
What can I see with a ticket to the Louvre?
In addition to the Musée du Louvre collections, your ticket gives you same-day access to the temporary collections and free admission to the Musée Eugène-Delacroix within 48 hours.
Is it possible to visit the museum for free?
Yes. Admission is free for all visitors on the first Saturday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and on Bastille Day (14 July).
Are there special rates for youth?
Yes. All visitors under the age of 18 and 18-25 year-old residents of the European Economic Area (EU, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein) enjoy free admission to the museum year round. Additionally, on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., admission to the museum is free for visitors under the age of 26 regardless of country of residence.
Accepted payment methods
Payments may be made in euros only. Museum ticket windows accept payment in cash as well as by bank card, check, or ANCV holiday vouchers. Only bank cards may be used on our automatic ticket machines.
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.