Being the world’s largest museum (and possibly one of the most beautiful museums in the world), Louvre attracts millions of visitors every year. That means there are tons of things to see inside the museum and plenty of crowd as well. It is crucial to plan your visit, to have an enjoyable experience. I’ve put together a list of tips from my recent visit to the Louvre and want to share them with you. Hope you find them helpful!
1. Buy tickets in advance
Louvre Museum is covered by Paris Museum Pass and by Paris Pass. If you choose not to get the pass, be sure to make online reservation and bring a print-out of the ticket. There are separate lines for people with tickets and without tickets. With advance ticket reservations, you skip the long lines saving hours of your precious time.
2. Take advantage of the free cloakroom services
If you are carrying huge bags, it’s a good idea to temporarily get rid of them by locking them in the free lockers provided. The museum is huge, you want to be comfortable walking around and enjoying the different artifacts and not worry about carrying or dragging along baggage. The cool thing is, the cloakroom services are self-service with a number lock system, so you can come by later, in case you want to grab something from your bags.
3. Pack up a snack and bring a water bottle
This is primarily a money-saving tip. You will spend a long time inside the Louvre Museum and it’s a guarantee that you’ll be hungry. There are cafes inside the Louvre Museum, but the food is expensive. If you want to save up on some $$, you can buy a snack from outside and store it in your purse, or even inside the cloakroom. Since the cloakroom is self-service, it is very convenient to access it anytime you want.
4. Collect free museum maps at the Information Center
Free museum maps are available in different languages on the table by the Information Center. Feel free to grab one.
5. Don’t try to cram and try to see all the exhibits
Pick and choose what you want to see in the Louvre. It’s impossible to explore the entire museum in a day (that’s an overload) or within a few hours, unless you are speed walking through the museum halls. The museum has a unique collection of artifacts and paintings; take time to appreciate admire them.
6. Mark off the rooms you’ve visited on the museum map
There’s no way in hell I could have kept track of the rooms I visited if I hadn’t marked off the rooms I already visited.
7. Buy the audio tour
It’s worth it. Statues and paintings without the history are a bore. Take the time to learn about history. We downloaded Rick Steve’s audio tour, however it is a very very limited version covering just the top sights in the museum.
8. Come back to see the Louvre at night
The sight is mesmerizing, in the most literal sense. With the lights shimmering inside Louvre’s glass pyramid and the floodlights in the square, it is quite romantic. And there’s lesser crowd as well, so that’s a big plus!