France’s, and possibly the world’s, most famous and popular art and sculpture museum doesn’t need me to do any more of an introduction. Instead, I will showcase a few of the things I found interesting, and provide a couple of tips.
First tip is to book online. This will allow you to bypass the queue, which I have seen as being a couple of hours long (they put out signs marking every 30 minutes of the queue).
Second is to get in early if you want a reasonably unrestricted view of the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo, as the tour groups end up surrounding these.
I liked the verso of David and Goliath by Daniele da Volterra: two different views of the same scene, that of David about to decapitate the giant.
It’s not a style I’d seen before, so it was interesting.
Similarly interesting was Panini’s gallery of scenes of Rome – a painting of…lots of paintings and sculptures of the city.
A high proportion of paintings on display are religious in nature, but there are also architectural works…
But it’s not just the exhibits themselves which are worth visiting for; the interior design is often beautiful too.
Or sometimes a bit mad.
There are also a pair of atria which contain seating areas, play areas for kids, and temporary exhibitions.
Closed on Tuesdays except for special events, the museum opens from 9am to 6pm except on Wednesdays and Fridays when it closes at 9.45pm. It costs €17 as of July 2018.
It’d be weird to visit Paris without going to the Louvre, so this recommendation is probably superfluous, but you should definitely go!
Address: Rue de Rivoli, 75058 Paris