If you are visiting Paris, a tour of Louvre Museum is a must.
After all, 9 million people who visit the Museum every year can’t be wrong.
If you search for “Louvre Museum tours” you will find many websites offering hundreds of tour options which is sure to confuse any tourist.
These websites package the same Louvre Museum tour with different names and in different combinations.
Here are some of ‘interesting’ names given to these packaged tours of Louvre Museum –
1. Skip-the-line guided tour of Louvre
2. Guided private tour of Louvre Museum for families
3. Louvre Museum with Audio Guide
4. Louvre Self-guided audio tour with fast access
5. Louvre Museum tour of three masterpieces
Please don’t fall for all this. These are just packaged tours offering you what you can buy yourself for far less.
If you don’t want to waste your money on such ‘packaged’ Musee Du Louvre tours, continue reading.
Louvre Museum has four kinds of tours on offer for its art-loving visitors.
The four types are – guided tours, self-guided tours, thematic tours and tours for differently abled.
Guided tour of Louvre Museum
If you really want a guided tour of Louvre Museum, we recommend the official tour called ‘Welcome to the Louvre’ guided tour.
‘Welcome to the Louvre’ guided tour
This tour is available twice every day except on Tuesdays, public holidays, and on days when the entry for all is free.
In case you didn’t know, nobody needs to buy tickets on the first Sunday of every month and on 14th July. Everybody enters for free.
The ‘Welcome to Louvre Tour’ English starts at 11 am and at 2 pm.
During this tour, trained guides take you through the Louvre Museum’s most impressive pieces of artwork and provide fascinating insights.
The same tour is also available in French at 11.30 am every day, except Tuesday when the Museum is closed.
However, during the peak months of July and August, these French tours are scheduled every day at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. On Wednesdays, an additional tour starts at 7.30 pm. When does the Louvre Museum open?
Price of Louvre Guided tour
This guided tour of Louvre Museum costs 12 Euros for visitors 27 years old and above.
If you are 26 years and below, this tour will cost 9 Euros.
You pay the same price of 9 Euros per head if you are a Louvre Professional card holder.
Or if you are a member of Society of Friends of the Louvre (Amis du Louvre) or member of Society of Friends of Eugène Delacroix Museum.
Job seekers and people on income support pay only 5 Euros for the ‘Welcome to the Louvre Tour.’
Visitors with disabilities and the person accompanying them also pay the same 5 Euros for a guided tour by an experienced professional.
Where to book Louvre Guided Tour?
There are two things you should know about ‘Welcome to the Louvre’ tour tickets –
1. If you are 27 years and above, you also need to buy the entrance ticket to Louvre Museum.
In short, over and above the guided tour ticket worth 12 Euros you will also have to buy the entrance ticket to Lourve which costs 18 Euros.
2. You can’t book the “Welcome to the Louvre” guided tour in advance. The tickets can only be bought at the Louvre Museum. That too, on the day of your visit.
‘Welcome to the Louvre’ guided tour leaves at the stipulated time from under the glass pyramid. Between the Denon Wing and Sully Wing entrances, to be specific. Find out the best Louvre Museum entrances to avoid waiting.
We don’t recommend the ‘Welcome to the Louvre’ guided tour for four reasons
– Since you have to buy two tickets, the cost shoots up to around 30 Euros
– You can’t pre-book the guided tour tickets. Instead, you can book them only at the Louvre on the day of the tour.
– This guided tour lasts only 90 minutes. We feel that’s just too short a time.
– The self-guided tour options available at Louvre are much cheaper
Self-guided tour of Louvre Museum
If you have a smartphone and you are reasonably ok with using mobile apps, you can have a self-guided tour of Louvre Museum.
We recommend self-guided tours of Louvre Museum because of four reasons.
1. Self-guided tours are much cheaper
2. When you are on your own, you can pace your tour (Louvre Museum is huge, and you may want an occasional stop or a drink)
3. You can decide on the masterpieces to see and the route to follow
4. During the peak months, the popular rooms are crowded and noisy making it difficult to hear the guide’s words
Once you decided to stick to self-guided Louvre Museum tour, you have two choices – Mobile app guided tour of Louvre or Audio Guide tour of Louvre.
Mobile app guided Louvre tours
Install the app on your smartphone and gain access to 600 comprehensive descriptions of artworks and of significant parts of the Louvre palace.
The Louvre Museum app is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean and Japanese.
AudioGuide tour of Louvre Museum
The other option you have is the audio guide tour of Louvre. This is also known as the multimedia guide.
If you don’t mind spending 5 Euros per person, you can buy the multimedia audio guide of Louvre Museum.
The Louvre audio guides can be bought from four places in the Museum.
In front of Group Reception Area, also known as Accueil des Groupes, and the three main entrances of Denon Wing, Sully Wing, and Richelieu Wing.
To get a sense of how this audio guide works, check out this video.
Thematic tours of Louvre
At regular intervals, Louvre Museum announces thematic tours. Needless to say, these have a common theme. For instance, ‘Greek Antiquities’ or ‘French Paintings’ or ‘Islamic Arts.’
Sometimes these Louvre Museum thematic tours are also around ongoing exhibitions.
Since these are short-term tours, and Louvre keeps coming up with new themes. List of ongoing thematic tours
Louvre tours for differently abled
Louvre also conducts separate tours for visitors with special needs.
These are descriptive and touch tours, tours in French Sign Language (LSF) or French lip-reading (LL) tours.
Descriptive and tactile visits are also organized for individuals.
These tours aren’t available every day. List of Louvre’s disability tours
What to see at Louvre Museum?
Before you visit Louvre, we recommend you be aware of the interesting facts about Louvre Museum. It will help you appreciate the Museum in a better way.
Whichever Louvre Museum tour option you decide on, don’t miss the masterpieces on display.
If you are a first-time visitor to Louvre, we suggest you follow what is known as the ‘Masterpiece trail at Louvre.’ Other interesting trails at Lourve
Here is the Masterpiece trail in the order you should see –
1. Remnants of the moats dug by Philip Augustus and Charles V
2. Great Sphinx of Tanis
3. Venus de Milo
4. Winged Victory of Samothrace
5. The Oath of the Horatii by Jacques-Louis-David
6. The Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon I by Jacques Louis David
7. Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
8. The Wedding Feast at Cana by Paolo Veronese
9. Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci
10. The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault
11. Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix
12. The Slave by Michelangelo
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Once you reach Louvre on the day of your visit, you can decide what you want to do.
If you want to explore Louvre with a human guide, buy tickets for ‘Welcome to the Louvre’ on the day, or just opt for the Audioguide. The choice is yours!
Whatever you opt for – guided tour or self-guided tour, you will need the entrance ticket to Louvre Museum.
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