The Louvre Museum was created in the 12th century and is found inside the Palais du Louvre or Louvre Palace in English. It actually started as a medieval fortress and then became a public arts museum during the 18th century when the French Revolution was occurring. Nowadays, this most popular of the Paris attractions, the museum is considered an eternal symbol of the world of French excellence of the arts.
What is contained inside the Louvre Museum?Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Egyptian_statue_of_a_baboon_at_the_Louvre_museum.jpg
There are eight themes in the Louvre Museum and more than 35,000 pieces of artwork. The artwork dates from the ancient to the early modern period and contains artwork by famous European masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Vermeer, Delacroix, and Rubens. There are also pieces from the Greco-Roman, Islamic and Egyptian arts. There are also piece of artwork that go on show temporarily from all over the world.
Opening Times of the Louvre MuseumCredit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LouvreArche.jpg
Take note of the Louvre Museum opening times of Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you want to save money, come on the first Sunday of the month to get in free at one of the sightseeing options in Paris you won’t want to miss.
You can also save money by buying the Paris Museum Pass, which gets you into all of the Paris attractions with one price. You can get a guided tour or just stroll around to see the beautiful works of art by yourself. It is also accessible to anyone with a disability, so if you have a wheelchair bound guest, they even get front of the line privileges.
Food and Souvenirs Information For Louvre Museum
If you get hungry while touring the sites, never fear because there are restaurants and a cafeteria, as well as places to get some snacks inside the museum. For example, the Le Grand Louvre is a gourmet restaurant open noon to 3 p.m., as well as 7 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays and Fridays, the Café Denon for snacks and small meals open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Café Richelieu on the second floor that has sandwiches, salads and drinks and is open 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Want some souvenirs to take home from your day trips to Paris? There is also a books and gifts store in the Hall Napoleon in the Louvre museum. It has art books, guidebooks, kid’s books and more and is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You can also go to the Carrousel du Lovre, which is inside the area where the Louvre Museum is located. It is a shopping center that has fashions, home design items, and even a gourmet food court.
How to get more enjoyment out of the Louvre Museum
It’s a good idea to plan what you want to see in the Louvre since it is such as massive museum. You can preview all the artwork online at their website and then write down the sites you wish to actually visit in person. This will make the whole experience less overwhelming and you will be sure to see the pieces you like the most.