How Long Does it Take to Visit the Paris Louvre

Organizing a trip to the Louvre Museum, but don't know how long the visit will take? Read on!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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How Long Does it Take to Visit the Paris Louvre

Louvre Museum, Paris | ©Vlada Karpovich

The Louvre Museum is a must-see attraction in Paris and is a must-see that you will really enjoy, especially if you love art and archeology. It is an essential plan that you will enjoy a lot, especially if you love art and archeology.

When buying your ticket for the Louvre Museum and planning your visit, you should know how to get the tickets, the price they have, how to get there, the opening hours and how much time you need to be able to make a thorough visit. In this post I tell you everything you need to know to plan your route through the museum according to the time you have. Keep reading!

How much time do I need to see the Louvre Museum?

Louvre Pyramid| ©Patrick Langwallner
Louvre Pyramid| ©Patrick Langwallner

The million dollar question! It doesn't have a simple answer because the Louvre is huge and in the end the length of your visit will depend on your passion for art and the time you want to dedicate to each collection of the museum.

Generally, a standard visit with which you can get an overall idea of its collections usually lasts between 2 and 3 hours on average. However, if art and archeology is a world that you love, you will probably want to make the most of your ticket to the Louvre Museum and stay inside longer to try to take in as much as possible, especially if you are only spending a few days in Paris.

How to approach a visit to the Louvre?

The size of the Louvre Museum is immense. With 160,000 m2, its more than 400 rooms display more than 35,000 works of art. It is therefore very difficult to visit the museum in its entire ty in a single day. In my opinion it is a very ambitious and almost unattainable plan.

My advice is not to go there with that goal because, although you start the route with momentum, after a while you will most likely feel stressed going from one room to another, barely noticing the works of art before you and you will end up with a considerable cultural indigestion. Museums should be enjoyed with tranquility!

If your goal is to see the Louvre Museum in its entirety, remember that you can always return to Paris to fulfill this and many other plans that await you in this beautiful city.

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See the Louvre Museum in one morning

Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum| ©Ivo Jansch
Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum| ©Ivo Jansch

This is the option chosen by most visitors. The guided tour of the Louvre Museum is available from $95 in Hellotickets. An ideal option to get a very interesting approach to this museum if it is the first time you visit it, as it will give you a general idea of its most emblematic works of art.

In addition, usually, with tickets for a guided tour of the Louvre Museum you will avoid queues and you can make a quick entrance to the building to start the tour without delay. An advantage to take into account if you visit the Louvre with children.

What works in the museum in a morning?

1. Ground Floor

2. Second floor

3. Second Floor

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See the Louvre Museum in one day

The Code of Hammurabi| ©Gary Todd
The Code of Hammurabi| ©Gary Todd

If you are planning to do the visit on your own because you have a pretty clear idea of the pieces you want to see, you can get your tickets for the Louvre Museum, from $45

This way, you can design your own itinerary through its rooms while listening to the narration of the audio guide. This is the most basic option, perfect for those visiting Paris on a tight budget.

What works to see in the museum in a day?

1. Ground Zero

2. Second floor

3. Second Floor

Where to eat?

If you're going to spend a whole day inside the Louvre Museum, at some point you'll need to take a break to regain energy so you can continue on your tour. Inside the museum there are plenty of options to stay for lunch, from kiosks and stalls to cafes and restaurants.

Since you only have a day to see the Louvre, my advice is to opt for a light snack that allows you to kill your appetite and continue the tour as soon as possible. Here are some places where you can grab a quick bite to eat at the Louvre:

  • Starbucks: Floor -1. Mezzanine Richelieu wing, under the Pyramid. Open daily from 11 AM to 5:30 PM except Tuesdays.
  • Paul Bakery-Pastry Shop: Floor -2. Under the Pyramid. Offers continuous service from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • Denon and Richelieu Bar: Floor -1. Mezzanine of the Richelieu wing and mezzanine of the Denon wing, under the Pyramid. Open from 9 AM to 5 PM.
  • Le Café Mollien: Floor 1. Denon Wing (French painting section). Offers continuous service from 9:45 AM to 4:45 PM.

However, if you prefer to wait until the end of the visit to go eat, in the post where to eat near the Louvre Museum you will find more proposals.

What to see at the exit?

Once you have finished your tour of the Louvre, before continuing to explore Paris, go to the center of the cour Napoléon to admire the Pyramid of Ieoh Ming Pei, a huge glass pyramid where the access to the museum is located.

Many tourists take advantage of the end of the visit to the Louvre to take some souvenir photos next to this imposing pyramid that has just the same proportions as Cheops in Egypt. In addition, inside you will find several souvenir stores and cafes where you can take a walk and take a break.

The visit to the Louvre Museum can be very intense, but if you still have energy left to continue sightseeing, around the museum there are some very cool tourist attractions such as the Tuileries Gardens, the Royal Palace of Paris, the Musée d'Orsay or the Place Vendome.

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See the Louvre Museum in two days

The Mona Lisa| ©Matthias Mueller
The Mona Lisa| ©Matthias Mueller

If you are an art lover, you will surely want to enjoy your visit to the Louvre Museum and spend as much time as possible in each room admiring all its works, there are more than 35,000 works on display!

Seeing all its collections in one morning or in one day is practically impossible, but if you plan to spend a week in Paris or a fortnight in Paris, it is more likely that you can devote at least two days to the Louvre to calmly contemplate the bulk of the wings into which the museum is divided.

To see the museum in two days, I recommend that the first day you make a guided tour of the Louvre Museum to have a first approach to its most iconic works of art. On the second day you can complete the visit by observing other types of pieces using the Paris Pass, from $179, since with this tourist card access to this museum is included along with many other tourist attractions in the French capital.

What to see in the museum in two days?

1. Ground Floor

2. Second floor

3. Second Floor

Where to eat?

If you are planning to visit the Louvre Museum in two days, in addition to planning your route through its collections, you will also have to plan your meals. For a cultural immersion of this kind you will need strength and also a place to take a break when you have been inside for a while and need to clear your mind.

There are several dining options at the museum, from restaurants and cafes to stalls and kiosks. Since you have several days to explore the building, you can take advantage of the time to have a long lunch to review everything you have seen so far and what is still pending. Here are some places where you can eat at the Louvre Museum:

  • Goguette: Floor -1. Mezzanine Richelieu wing, under the Pyramid. Offers continuous service from 11 am to 4:45 pm.
  • La Terrasse de Pomone: In the Tuileries Garden. Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.
  • Bistrot Benoit: Floor -2. Under the Pyramid. From 11 AM to 4 PM.
  • Café Richelieu- Angelina: Floor 1. Richelieu Wing (near Napoleon III's bedroom).

What to see at the exit?

At the end of your visit, before leaving the Louvre Museum, return to the Pyramid of Ieoh Ming Pei (where the entrance to the museum is located) to take a closer look at another of the icons of Paris and one of the most recent.

It was inaugurated in 1989 but is an idea dating from the nineteenth century to commemorate the figure of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is likely that the architect Ieoh Ming Pei was aware of this project and took it up again when he was commissioned to renovate the museum.

This glass pyramid is now the main entrance to the Louvre and a meeting point for many visitors. You can't leave without taking a souvenir photo next to it and visiting its souvenir stores!

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How long are the guided tours of the Louvre Museum?

Touring the Louvre| ©vasse nicolas,antoine
Touring the Louvre| ©vasse nicolas,antoine

Guided tours of the Louvre Museum usually last between 2 hours and 2 hours and 30 minutes, depending on the guide's tour of the interior of the building, although all of them usually cover the most important collections. It may seem a short time, but don't worry, it is actually more than enough time to get a general idea of the Louvre Museum if it is the first time you visit it.

In case you are an art history enthusiast you will probably want to stay longer among its rooms. If you want to be there for more than 3 hours, which is the average length of a standard visit to the Louvre, my advice is to go with a clear idea of what you want to see, focus on that tour and enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Given the sheer size of the building, don't try to see the entire Louvre Museum in a single day - it's an almost unmanageable task. It is better to set goals and see it little by little, even if you have to dedicate more days or more visits if you are very interested in its collections.

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Is it worth visiting the Louvre Museum if I have little time?

Louvre Museum Hall| ©SpirosK photography
Louvre Museum Hall| ©SpirosK photography

Yes, it is! Even if during your stay you have little time for all the tourist attractions to see in Paris, a visit to the Louvre Museum is a must among the museums of Paris because of the importance of its collections in the world of art.

To make the most of the little time you have there, I advise you to take an express tour of the Louvre Museum where a guide will explain the masterpieces of his collection in detail in an itinerary of only 2 hours.

It is the best option for those travelers who do not want to leave Paris without knowing the Louvre, but have a very tight schedule. You will have plenty of time!

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Tips before visiting the Louvre Museum

When planning your visit, I recommend that you learn more about:

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