Discover the world's largest museum in a smarter way
While you can visit the Louvre any day (except Tuesdays), the crowds thin considerably on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Pair your visit with a late dinner reservation and you have an evening to remember.
Time: 3-4 hours
Hours: For an evening viewing on Wednesday or Friday, start by 6pm. Full hours: Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun 9a-6p; Wed, Fri 9a-9:45p
Entry Fees: Musée du Louvre is included in the Paris Museum Pass / €15 entry without the pass
Starting point: Musée du Louvre; Metro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
One could spend eons viewing all of the artwork, but you can see highlights in about three hours, which many guidebooks will outline for you. Too imposing? Consider one of several guided tours from Context Travel, which last 2.5-3 hours. The Mona Lisa is always crowded, but there are many rooms which you will have to yourself, such as the sculpture room pictured here on our Friday night visit. Entry included in the Paris Museum Pass; €15 without pass.
To extend your evening at the Louvre, make a late dinner reservation at Café Marly, the only restaurant with exceptional views of the Louvre both inside (the Cour Marly room of French sculptures) and outside (I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid). Snag a table on the terrace and gaze away. Open daily 8am-2am. Photo credit: Peter K Burian