What the Louvre has in art, it lacks in quiet. It has become increasingly popular over the years. During our last few visits, it was almost impossible to find a calm time to visit. There were always lines and more lines: Lines to buy tickets, lines to enter, lines for the restrooms, lines to leave your coat, lines for a snack, lines to purchase souvenirs. That was during the low season.
It is a large well mapped place and there are free flyers in multiple languages to guide visitors to their chosen gallery. When you finally reach one of the famous artworks, brace yourself for a crowd. It seemed to us that regardless of the time of year or time of day, there were always crowds and lines around the most famous artworks. We still feel driven to visit the Louvre when we are in Paris though instead of two or three visits, we only make one shorter visit. We spend the rest of our “museum” time discovering or revisiting smaller, quieter and more welcoming museums. Paris has many to offer.
Handicapped Access Tel.: (33) 01 40 20 53 17 firstname.lastname@example.org Wheelchairs available on loan. A special program was available for blind visitors, who could be invited to a sc ulpture gallery where they would be allowed to touch the sc ulptures.
MÉTro Palais Royal
Owned-Managed French Government
Type Of Museum Antiquities, medieval art, old master art and much more
Other Closed Tuesdays. No smoking, flashes, food or animals were allowed in the Museum. We learned to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Another alternative is to purchase them at the automated tellers. Otherwise, we plan enough time to purchase tickets, check coats, stop at the restroom, and wait in line. The last few times we were there, a convenient separate cloak room was available for visitors with fur and valuables. It was faster to check and pick up items in that room.
The information adjacent to the works of art was in French. We found the plastic covered information sheets, available in several languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese) in the exhibit galleries, to be helpful at times. The process of visiting one or more galleries by reading the information sheets could extend our visit time significantly. In addition, often the English sheet was not in place or someone else was using it so we infrequently took advantage of them.
Would You Visit This Museum Again : Yes