The Louvre - Paris
The legendary Louvre houses some of the world’s greatest art and sculpture, including the two most popular attractions – Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Since the release of the movie “The Da Vinci Code” in 2006, people have flocked to the museum in droves, specifically to see the Mona Lisa which was featured prominently in the movie. The large glass pyramid in the Louvre’s courtyard is the official entrance to the museum. However, if you want to bypass the long lines, there is another entrance through the underground shopping center. Look for the two stairwells leading down to the Carrousel du Louvre shopping complex. They are located on each side of the large arch, before the main entrance in front of the glass pyramid. Once inside, there are other lines, but these move fairly quickly.
Wait until you see the crowds in front of the Mona Lisa. The famed painting now sits behind a piece of bulletproof glass. The painting is a lot smaller than we envisioned it to be. Even though no flashbulbs are allowed in the room that houses the Mona Lisa, they go off anyway. Expect this room to be very crowded, especially during peak tourist season. Nonetheless, it’s worth all the pushing and shoving to see the Mona Lisa. As you look at her face, keep your eyes on the eyes in the painting. As you move, the eyes magically seem to move with you. Her gaze is fixed on those observing her.
Venus de Milo
Visitors can get up close to admire the spectacular Venus de Milo. It draws crowds too, but not on the scale of the Mona Lisa.
The Louvre is open daily. Closed Tuesdays. Closed on New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas Day.
Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre
Visit the museum’s website for more info on admission, advance tickets, cafes, restaurants, guided tours, exhibitions and special events.
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Get Skip-the-Line Access to the Louvre Museum. Enjoy an up-close view of the world-famous Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo on this Small-Group Guided Tour. Visitors have the option of upgrading to a Private Tour of the Louvre. Or book a Combination Tour that includes Paris in One Day and Guided Louvre & Eiffel Tower Tour. Choose from a variety of fun Louvre Tours.