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Musee du Louvre
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Ranked #3 of 1,230 things to do in Paris
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Home to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Louvre is considered the world's greatest art museum, with an unparalleled collection of items covering the full spectrum of art through the ages.
Reviewed 3 July 2014

You already know what to expect from the Louvre -a massive, world-famous museum with an impressive collection of art. Huge crowds. Could spend days wandering the interior -and hours in line! To avoid some of that unpleasantness, I strongly advise you to order your tickets ahead online -while you can't print them at home (for some reason), you can have them mailed to you if you have enough advance planning, or else pick them up at one of several ticket locations. Then you can skip the hours-long line for tickets, and go into the much, much shorter line for people who already have tickets. (http://www.louvre.fr/en/advance-tickets) We spent only a few minutes in this queue, while the ticket queue was incredibly long.
I'd also advise skipping the Mona Lisa -it has an additional line, and is just not worth it. Depending on how much planning you like to do, and how much wandering you feel up for (again -it's a MASSIVE museum, you couldn't possibly see everything) you might want to look through the website and pick which exhibitions you are most interested in; they also have what they call 'visitor trails', which can be quite helpful -print it out at home since you most likely won't be able to access the web inside the museum (thick stone walls mean little to no reception on your smartphone).
Bottom line: worth a visit, requires a lot of time to see properly, and do everything you can to avoid those lines!

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

The Louvre has so much culture that you almost are overwhelmed. There is so much to see and so little time usually to see everything you want. We went straight for the Mona Lisa as soon as the museum opened since we knew it would be crowded. I already knew going in that it was smaller than most expect so I wasn't disappointed to see how little it was. All of the other works of art were incredible as well.

1  Thank Daniellerenee90
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

HUGE and overwhelming! The Louvre has lines and is packed - so what! There is so much art and history in this museum that I am not sure you could ever see it all. Plan your visit and decide what you want to see. Do NOT miss the Mona Lisa. The throngs of people are irritating but everyone wants to see her. The painting is small and positioned on an enormous wall so she looks a little underwhelming. Once you push your way to the front, it is worth it! Go ahead, turn around and take a selfie w Mona Lisa - you will treasure it. By the way, the other paintings in the room w her are beautiful.

I just loved this museum; there is so much to see! Yes, there were crowds but I truly enjoyed it.

1  Thank Kristy S
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

The visit at the Louvre Museum should be a two to three days visit. But I did have only a full day to view nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square. With more than 9.7 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world's most visited museum so who have plan to visit The Louvre please come in the very morning & must spend at least two days here. The total collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings. So I have planned to go for Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan & Roman Antiquities; Decorative Arts; Sculpture & mostly Paintings. But I could see very few of those even do have feelings of rushing to see the various exhibits without giving proper concentration on those. The most attractive ones for me are the Apartment of Napoleon, the Apollo Gallery, obviously Paintings of Mona Lisa, Paintings of Napoleon I at Notre Dame Cathedrale, the Seated Scribe from Saqqara, tomb of Philippe Pot, French stained glass panel & different Egyptian, Greek & Roman Antiquities. It was such an amazing experience that I would recommend for everyone visiting Paris.

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

What should have been at least a two day visit was cut short to approximately 3 hours due to the limited time that I had in Paris. This museum is undoubtedly the premier museum in the world, and with good reason too! From Rome to Ancient Greece to Ancient Egypt, this museum takes you back in time to all of these places. The Mona Lisa is also located within the walls of the museum, so you know this is a must-visit place when you are in Paris next!

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