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Louvre tickets are some of the most sought-after tickets in the city of Paris, France! Although the city is host to some 150 museums - among them the Paris Museum of Modern Art, the Museum National D'histoire Naturelle, Le Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Musée Rodin, and Musée d'Orsay - only the Louvre attracts 15 million global travelers and visitors each year.
Why are tickets to The Louvre in such high demand? In addition to the Musée du Louvre's massive size and the breathtaking glass pyramid situated in its entranceway, the museum itself is home to over 12,000 French paintings and over 350,000 works of art, including Egyptian antiquities, Greek and Roman antiquities, Islamic art, drawings and prints, and more. Originally a royal palace and fortress, the Louvre was first used to showcase art around the time of the French Revolution, when the National Assembly decided the building would display the nation's greatest masterpieces. The museum opened to public in August 1793 and has since gone through a number of transformations, each expanding the Louvre and its holdings.
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You can buy Louvre tickets daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., except for Tuesdays and holidays. Standard tickets grant you entrance to all the permanent exhibits, however you'll have to pay an additional minimal fee to view the temporary exhibits. The good news is that your Louvre tickets allow you to enter and exit the building all day long, meaning you can have lunch at your favorite Paris restaurant, bistro, or outdoor café, and then spend the rest of the day exploring the many artifacts, sculptures, and paintings.
If you are traveling on a budget or with a family, here's a great insider's tip: On the first Sunday of every month, entrance to the Louvre is free for all! But instead of purchasing Louvre tickets the experts advise investing in a Paris museum pass, which grants you access to 70 museums and monuments throughout the city. Not only does a Paris museum pass enable you to re-visit your favorite sites and take your time browsing, listening, and learning, but it saves you the hassles of standing in long lineups to buy tickets.
A great way to experience and appreciate the Louvre Museum to the max is to join a guided tour of the museum. Guided tours begin underneath the famous glass pyramid (designed by architect I. M. Pei) located in the museum's courtyard. You have to pay an additional fee beyond the cost of your Louvre tickets, however children under the age of 13 can participate in guided tours for free, and if you are a student you are eligible for a discount. English-language guided tours of the Louvre Museum take place several times a day, last for 90 minutes, and show some of the most noted works, such as Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait of the Mona Lisa as well as sculptures crafted by Michelangelo, Etienne Maurice Falconet, and Francois Anguier.
No matter how or where you purchase Louvre tickets, you are guaranteed a cultural, educational, intriguing, fascinating, and memorable experience.