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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.

Getting to the Louvre

Metro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7) and Pyramides (line 14)

Bus: no. 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95

Vélib’ bike-rental stations:
No. 1015: 2 Place André Malraux
No. 1023: 165 Rue Saint-Honoré
No. 1014: 5 Rue de l’Echelle
No. 1013: 186 Rue Saint-Honoré

Car: underground parking is available on Avenue du Général Lemonier. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Batobus: get off at the Louvre stop, Quai François Mitterrand

Around the Louvre (in French)


I’ve heard visiting the Louvre is very tiring. How can I best prepare for my visit?

The Louvre is indeed a very big museum. Remember to eat, rest well before your visit, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.


Entering the museum

The entrance to the Louvre is the Pyramid.

Upon arrival, choose the color of your entrance line.

Couleur des files à l'entrée de la pyramide du Louvre

Beneath the Pyramid:

Pick up a map of the Musée du Louvre.

Don’t hesitate to ask for advice from museum reception staff.


How can I avoid long waits to get into the museum?

Buy your ticket online and enter the museum via the orange line in less than 30 minutes.

Purchase your ticket


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

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.

Visitor regulations

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