I have been wanting to go to this museum since I was in high school and I still cannot believe that I actually have visited Paris in person, saw Eiffel with my own eyes, saw the beautiful city and its pretty building, bridges and of course the locals who loved to drink coffee outside (it still count as winter though so many people drink coffee inside.) Before I get to see this museum I have researched some tips and tricks to get into the museum because I know that Louvre is the most visited museum around the world and it is really crowded even during the low season. I learned that there are few entrances to get into the museum because first you need to pass the security check and that actually what makes the lines are really long. When I came to the museum, I went to the Carousel entry and the lines already long but still moving so it took around 15-30 minutes until I finally get into the building inside of pyramid then show my ticket. Anyway here is my tips and tricks for you if you planning to visit Louvre Museum:
- Try to get there early
I visited the Louvre first around 9AM from Carousel entrance and the line was empty (not that long) but when I get there to visit the museum around 2pm the line was so long until the Tabac shop which you can buy the museum ticket there too. So I have to wait in line just to get pass the security and after that you can go free directly to the museum or buy ticket if you don’t have yet.
- Buy ticket in advance
It is true that by buying ticket in advance it will make your life easier. Actually if you bought the ticket in advance there are two choices: First, if you bought it via the museum website then you can print out the ticket at home then you can go to the entrance in the Pyramids which is usually a lot of people lining up there. Second, you can purchase via tiqets.com then change your reservation to real ticket in tabac shop just near the Palais Royal or the Louvre metro station (it’s the green little shop who sells newspaper and magazines usually) then after that you can go in via Carousel and it’s just in front of the Palais Royal.
- Plan where and which you want to see
Louvre Museum is a huge museum as you may know and it’s like if you want to see ALL of the sculptures, paintings and everything inside Louvre, it will take you around ONE MONTH to finally see everything. So plan first which paintings you want to see and on where is the painting located (Denon Wings or Sully Wings or Richeliu Wings). For me, I decided to just visit Denon Wings as there are many paintings from Italian painters and of course the famous painting also there, The Mona Lisa (La Joconde) and I also have time to visited the Napoleon III Apartments in Richeliu Wings. In total I have spent around 2.5 – 3 hours just for that too and I skip a lot of paintings and sculptures, didn’t have time that much to read everything. So Louvre is divided by 3 buildings, Sully, Denon and Richelieu.
a. Denon Wings
This is mostly where people visited first. Why? It’s where the most famous painting in the world located, The Mona Lisa (La Joconde) by Leonardo Da Vinci. A lot of Italian painters and also other European painters like Dutch painters such as Rembrandts are also located in here. It is a huge and long building, I remembered walking through the Grand Galerie it felt like the building doesn’t have an end because it’s so long like it will never ends. You can also visit Galerie d’apollon, it’s a room where it used to be a model to make Hall of Mirrors in Palace of Versailles. So if you compare those two photos if you look up on google it is almost similar. The room was pretty big with a pretty decoration and paintings. On the ceiling you can see every zodiacs with its symbol statue and some paintings. On the side walls you can see painting or pictures of King Louis XIV, architects and the painters or designer who design and decors this room.
b. Sully Wings
Right after you finish visit Galerie d’Apollon, you can go visit to Sully Wings. On this wing you can see Greek and Roman sculptures. A lot of pretty sculptures actually including Venus de Milo or Aphrodite, The Winged sculpture (it’s so pretty) and also the Egyptian and Asian antiques. I think this wing is kinda the underrated one because mostly people will only pass this wing and sometimes it’s not that crowded as in Denon’s wing.
c. Richelieu Wing
In here, you can visit the Napoleon III ‘s Apartment and it was huge. I don’t you should think it as the modern apartment as you may know now. It is a really different kind of apartment, more like a petite palace. A lot of furnitures that was left during the Napoleon era and some from the king’s era were still here and still looks nice. From living room, bedroom, dining room, it’s in here! I was so amazed by all of this because I didn’t expect that it would be this huge and so pretty and of course so fancy. I kinda imagine what it looked like to live in here during those days, wearing those long dresses with some pretty manners etc like that. You can also see French paintings by French painters, one of them is Eugene Delacroix. Too bad I didn’t get enough time to visit this place, I have to climbed up one storey long stairs (it’s a pretty stairs though) so I just decided to go to the apartments.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
As I said it before, Louvre is a big museum and it’s a simple tips but really useful for you. Wear walking shoes or maybe sneakers to your foot won’t be tired easily. I wore boots because it is still winter and I kinda wish I wore more comfortable shoes because I swear it is a looong walk and my foot hurts already.