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Louvre Museum in Paris. Maps, fast entrances, easy tickets, history in English

Updated on January 23, 2011

The Louvre in the year 1190 A.D. A fortress against the Vikings.

Plan of the Louvre with keys to its growth from 1546 to 1878

Map of the Louvre and surroundings in the 17th Century

The "Quinze Vingts" was a hospital and welfare center for the blind and the Palais Royal was the home of the Bourbon Princes, cousins of the King and became in the 18th Century an open park with restaurants, puppet shows and meeting places for the ri
The "Quinze Vingts" was a hospital and welfare center for the blind and the Palais Royal was the home of the Bourbon Princes, cousins of the King and became in the 18th Century an open park with restaurants, puppet shows and meeting places for the ri

The Louvre Today-The World's Largest Art Museum- Click the photos to see them full-size

Louvre: Main Entrance (under the Pyramid) for info, tickets and access to other wings

Best Tip: Avoid the Louvre Ticket Lines at the Pyramid (Carousel) Entrance by buying the tickets at a store, the metro, the RER, over the phone

I strongly suggest you buy tickets before you arrive at the Louvre Museum. I have used the FNAC department store in the Les Halles Shopping Center near the Louvre and then entered very quickly, avoiding all lines, through the Richelieu Entrance (see the map below). I don't know whether you can do this with all advance tickets bought in other places. You can ask, most of the people at the ticket counters know at least enough English to answer such questions. To find the FNAC at Les Halles just ask someone (even the adolescents with pierced everything-they are French and so fairly polite if you yourself are gentle). Just say: Where is the FNAC? = Ou (oo) se (ser) trouve (troove) le (le) FNAC (f-nac)?

Ticket sales outside of the Louvre

In France, you may purchase tickets in advance at the following outlets:

Department Stores: Fnac, Carrefour, Continent, Leclerc, Auchan, Extrapole, Le Bon Marché, Printemps, Galeries Lafayette, BHV, Samaritaine and Virgin Mégastore.

Tickets may also be ordered by phone: Fnac: 0 892 684 694 (€0.34 incl. VAT / minute) ; when dialing from abroad the number is 33 (0)1 41 57 32 28

Ticketnet: 0 892 697 073 (€0.34 incl. VAT / minute) ; when dialing from abroad the number is 33 (0)1 46 91 57 57

The combined RATP-Louvre ticket (€12.50) is available exclusively from the RATP (Département Commercial-Ventes Grands Comptes) through travel agents. The ticket consists of two RATP transport tickets (metro, bus, tramway, and RER) and admission to the museum's permanent collections. Holders of this ticket also receive a 10% discount at the Louvre's cafés and restaurants.

Tel.: 33 (0)1 58 76 09 21 Fax: 33 (0)1 58 76 09 22

Individual visitors can purchase tickets at the following Office de Tourisme and Office des Congrès outlets in Paris:

Office at 25, rue des Pyramides and 11 rue Scribe

at the railways stations: Gare de Lyon and Gare du Nord

at the Eiffel Tower (May to September).

or telephone Tel.: 0 892 683 000 (€0.34 euros incl. VAT / minute)

Map to the easy entrance to the Louvre through the Passage Richelieu (M in the circle=Metro stop)


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      7 years ago

      thanks! nowhere in the official page of the louvre could I see how to enter with tickets.. Thanks for the video, maps and directions!

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      Harlan Lewin 

      8 years ago

      Thank you very much alocsin.


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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great intro to the Louvre and love the maps. Linking this to my Louvre hub and voting this Up and Useful.

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      Cute hotel Paris 

      8 years ago

      Interesting!!! Thanks for the details information!! It is useful as i will be there next week!

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      9 years ago

      gr8 hub

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      11 years ago from DC Area

      Great place to visit, no question. And one can spend days and days there :) If not months or weeks. I still don't understand this glass pyramid, though - it looks absolutely out of place...

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      12 years ago

      I have never been to the Louvre, thanks for providing a great insight with your information and pictures. Really was quite fascinating.


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