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Private tours of Louvre Museum – tickets, prices, family-friendly tours

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If you can afford it, a private tour of Louvre Museum is the best way to explore the world’s best art collection.

Private tours of the Louvre Museum can offer a more personalized and intimate experience for visitors who want to delve deeper into the museum’s collection and history.

These tours are typically led by an expert guide who can provide insights and context for the works on display, answer questions and provide additional information.

But before we explain the private guided tours of the art gallery any further, let’s first look at all the different ways you can experience Louvre Museum in Paris.

You can opt for a self-guided tour, a guided tour, or a private guided tour. 

Most people book a self-guided tour because of three reasons:

  1. It is the cheapest way to experience the Louvre Museum
  2. They prefer to explore the museum at their own pace
  3. They want to see whatever fancies them and not be stuck to a group

Those that appreciate art better book a guided tour, usually because:

  1. They want a local expert to guide them through the museum
  2. They don’t want to miss out on any of the masterpieces
  3. They want to hear historical and artistic commentary about the exhibits from an art expert 

For art museums such as The Louvre, we always recommend a guided tour. 

Even better if you can book a private guided tour and have the art guide to yourself.

In this article, we share everything you must know before booking your private guided tour of the Louvre Museum.

Types of guided tours

Once you have decided to book a guided tour of the Louvre, you have three options.

We have listed them in the order of their cost – the cheapest first.

Regular guided tour

One guide leads a group of about 20-25 people. Everybody in the group gets a headset so that they can hear the guide’s commentary.

The cost of regular guided tour for visitors 18 years and above is €95, visitors aged 10 to years 17 pay a discounted price of €65 and children aged three to 9 years pay €40.

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Semi-private guided tour

This tour is also known as a Small Group guided tour and usually has 6 participants. Since the group is small, they can huddle close to the guide and hear his or her every word.

The cost of semi-private guided tour for visitors 18 years above, is €97.

Kids aged 11 to 17 years and children aged 4 to 10 years also pay the same price as adults.

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Private guided tour

A private guided tour has six people, all from your family or group. The guide can thus customize the experience. A private guided tour is the best way to experience the Louvre Museum.

The cost of the private guided tour is €360 per group of six members.

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Why book a private tour of Louvre?

Here are the reasons why hiring a private guide is the best way to explore The Louvre.

  1. Skip the line feature of private tours helps you skip the long entry lines and time and energy
  2. With someone who knows their way around the museum taking the lead, you dodge the crowds inside the galleries as well
  3. You hear commentary from an art expert and better understand the historical and artistic significance of the masterpieces
  4. Get your questions answered to your satisfaction by the art expert
  5. Thanks to a local art historian guiding, you have a more structured experience at the massive art museum
  6. Private guides take the age of the group members (and their preferences) and customize the tour accordingly
  7. A private guided tour means you have ultimate control over your Louvre experience. You decide what to see, where to pause, when to stop etc. 

Important: When you visit the Louvre Museum for your private tour, please bring your Passport or ID card. Since you will be walking a lot, it makes sense to wear comfortable shoes. Pets and large bags (items exceeding 55x35x20 cm) are not allowed inside the museum.


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Cost of private Louvre Museum tours

Private guided tours to the Louvre Museum are usually priced for groups of five or six visitors. 

If you prefer to book a private guided tour, which includes both the Louvre entry tickets and the art guide’s two-hour time, you must shell out approximately €215 per person. 

Private tours at night are priced at €275 per person for a maximum of six guests.

If you are a family of four or more, private guided tours to the Louvre make a lot of sense. 

But if you are three or less, we recommend a semi-private Louvre tour, which costs €97 for all visitors.

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Best Louvre private tours for adults

Private guided tours of the Louvre Museum come in many shapes and sizes. 

In this section, we share some of the most popular tours – 

Private tour of Louvre at night

This private tour is an excellent opportunity to see the Louvre Museum when it’s less frequented and enjoy fantastic evening lighting in the Pyramid and the Galleries. 

Visitors can book this night tour only on Fridays because on these days the art museum is open till 9.45 pm.

This VIP Experience at Louvre starts at 6.30 pm and lasts three hours. 

Tour Price (18+ years): €275 per person

Recommended: Follow the link to find out everything about visiting Louvre Museum at night.

If you don’t want the hassle of booking the Louvre entry tickets and the expert art guide separately, you can either book this two-hour tour or this three-hour extended tour. Both of them include Louvre entry tickets. 

Private Louvre scandals tour

This is a private guided tour of the Louvre, but with a twist – the guide takes you on the trail of hidden scandals and controversies behind the world’s most famous works of art. 

During this tour, the guide takes you through more than a dozen of the world’s most well-known works of art, all of which hold secrets and gossip. 

Ticket Prices

The cost of this private tour depends on the number of members in the group.

Two guests: €540 (€275 per person)
Three guests: €597 (€199 per person)
Four guests: €796 (€199 per person)
Five guests: €995 (€199 per person)
Six guests: €1194 (€199 per person)

Recommended: Mona Lisa at Louvre Museum is the most popular and controversial painting in the world.


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Private tours for families with kids

Some of the families tend to opt for private tours of the Louvre customized for children. 

Visiting Louvre Museum with kids

Family-friendly tours are a great way to get your kids interested in art.

The guides hosting such tours are experts in handling both adults and kids and create an informative and playful itinerary.

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These tours are best suited for kids six years and above. 

Kids five years and below can join these tours for free, but it may be challenging to keep them engaged. 

Private tour of Louvre for family

A special children’s guide with lots of experience hosting families takes you around Louvre. 

These guides know precisely how to catch the kids’ wavelength and keep them engaged. 

This 2-hour long tour starts from Mona Lisa, and then you cover the other highlights of the art Museum.

Tour price: €450 for up to 5 members

Private tour designed for ‘detective’ kids

This is a two-hour private tour of the Louvre where besides exploring the masterpieces, your expert guide makes your kids play fun games as well.

On this tour exclusively curated for kids, the family members must use their deduction and creativity to answer questions on the museum’s exhibits. 

The idea is to keep the little detectives in the family captivated while the adults learn about the masterpieces.

Tour price: €215 per person

If your family is interested in a treasure hunt within the Louvre, check out this tour.


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Louvre and Musée d’Orsay private tour

During this 5.5 hours private tour, an art expert takes you around two of the most celebrated museums in Paris – the Louvre Museum and Musée d’Orsay

You discover 3000 years of history just by crossing the bridge between Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre museum.

We recommend comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking.

Tour price: €1335 for up to 15 guests (€89 per person)

If you want something cheaper, check out this semi-private tour of both the Museums

If you aren’t sure which Parisian art gallery you want to visit, check out our analysis of the Louvre or Musee d’Orsay.

The ‘absolute’ private tour of Louvre

Family Twist, a Paris-based travel company, specializing in luxury trips to Europe, offers what one can call the ‘absolute’ private tour of the Louvre.

If you are willing to pay €30,000 (about $34,000), up to four people (your family or friends) can experience the Louvre all alone. 

Your group will be the only tourists in the whole museum for about 90 minutes. Find out more


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Free guided tours at Louvre Museum

If the private and semi-private guided tours shared above seem too costly, you can book a regular guided tour of the Louvre.

Standard guided tours are cheaper because the art expert guide manages larger groups.

If a regular guided tour is also out of the question, you can check out the Louvre’s free guided tours.

These free tours are offered during the peak summer months – from the first week of July to the third week of September.

Since these tours last 20 minutes, they are also known as the ‘Summer mini tours.’

There are eight tours on offer, each hosted by the museum’s official guide, who is also happy to answer all your questions.

The eight tours offered are:

  1. Beginnings of the Louvre
  2. Ancient Egypt
  3. Italian masters
  4. Large-scale French paintings
  5. The palace courtyards
  6. The Napoleons
  7. Treasures of the Louvre
  8. Introduction to Islamic art

Free tour timings

Morning: 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, 11.30 am

Afternoon: 2 pm, 2.30 pm, 3 pm, 3.30 pm

To join these free tours, you don’t need to register in advance. Instead, buy the Louvre entry tickets and be at the museum when the tours start. 

Our recommendation

Identify the four theme-based tours you would be interested in, and then reach the museum half an hour in advance. 

You can then attend them back to back, starting with the first one at 10 am (or 2 pm). 

After one tour is over, you will have 10 minutes to reach the next tour’s venue – so keep the museum’s layout in mind while planning.

Some tourists visit Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum on the same day. If you also plan to do the same, follow the links for directions:
– From Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum
– From Louvre Museum to Eiffel Tower

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