- Who lived in the Louvre?
- Who were its architects?
- What treasures does it hold?
Louis XV was the first to envisage a permanent museum in the Louvre, but the idea did not become reality until the French revolution. Today there are 1500 sculptures, 3615 paintings, 16500 antiques, and 9000 objects on display in the 246 rooms of the museum. These treasures are divided into 12 departments.
Since it is nearly impossible to visit the entire museum at one time, we offer 4 tours organized by theme and interest.
Tour 1: Classic Tour 2hrs
- An introduction to the Louvre palace since its foundation under Philippe Auguste: its history linked to that of Paris, its Kings.
- The museum’s main masterpieces, ancient Egyptian and Greek sculptures. Paintings from the Italian Renaissance to Neoclassicism, by way of French Romanticism.
- The Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Coronation of Napoleon, the famous Odalisque, the Raft of the Medusa, Liberty Leading the People, The Wedding at Cana, the enigmatic Mona Lisa....
Tour 2: Classic Tour 3hrs
- The museum’s main masterpieces + the Richelieu wing: the Marly and Puget courts, sculpture dedicated to the glory of Louis XIV.
Tour 3: From Rococo to Romanticism 2hrs
- How art evolved in the 18th century and after 1789, French sculpture and painting.
Rococo art from Boucher to Watteau and Fragonard, to the Romantics Géricault and Delacroix.
Tour 4: Napoleon’s France 2hrs
- General, First Consul, then Emperor Napoleon commissioned the best painters of the day to commemorate his glory and military exploits. Immortal masterpieces, campaign posters… your guide will take you on a journey to the Napoleonic era conjured up in these historical paintings and portraits.
Daily except Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Evenings until 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday
Closed January 1, May 1 and December 25
Wheelchairs can be borrowed at the information desk under the pyramid. ID required.
Disabled access (wheelchair loan)
Baby facilities (stroller loan, etc.)
Direct, no-lines access: reservation required for groups (25 people maximum per guide)