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Louvre Tours

A great Louvre tours offer from first-timer Louvre discovery tour to thematic fine arts series. From 2-hour tour to full-day custom-made tour. All our Louvre guided tours are done by a postgraduate licensed guide.

Photo of the Louvre pyramid at twilight to illustrated the Louvre guided tours.

Louvre pyramid at twilight. Louvre evening tours are possible on Wednesday & Friday (post COVID suspended).

Our Louvre Tours in a Nutshell

  1. Guided tour in English
  2. Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide
  3. Reservation & payment via an easy online process
  4. Available all year long (subject to availability) as private tours
  5. Museum Skip-the-line tickets are extra (17 € per adult)

Prices start for 2-hour private tours (museum ticket not included) at :

  • 120 € for 1 or 2 people
  • 145 € for 3 people
  • 170 € for 4 people
  • 195 € for 5 people
  • 220 € for 6 people

During the high season we may offer semi-private tours at a lower rate.

Your Louvre Tour Guide

Certified French National Guide

Expert in Art & History

Postgraduate, BA Magna Cum Laude

Has curated all our Louvre Tours

French (native), English, Spanish

When to Come to the Louvre to Make the Most of Your stay

Chose the Best Period of the Year

Avoid the summer high season if you can.
Avoid July 14th as the Louvre is free for all.

Chose the Best Days of the Week

Avoid weekends.
As Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, more people may come on Wednesdays.
On Mondays as Orsay Museum is closed, more people may come to the Louvre.
According to some statistics, Thursdays may be the best day.
On Friday Louvre is open till 9:45 PM after 6 PM galleries are usually more quit. 

Check if There is no Planned Closure of a Department You Want to See the Day You Want to Come

Some galleries close during specific days of the week, so you’d better check the Louvre rooms closure schedule before planning your coming.

Chose the Best Hours for a Louvre Tour

Early morning at 9 AM when the Louvre opens its doors is probably the best choice: shorter security lines and galleries still relatively quiet.
Alternatively, if you only want to spend a pair of hours in the Louvre, Friday after 6 PM you will normally enjoy very quiet galleries.  

Visit the Most Popular Galleries at Quiet Hours Only

The most popular galleries are the one of the 2-hour Louvre classical discovery tour: Italian Renaissance Gallery (Mona Lisa), 19th century big French paintings (coronation of Napoleon, Raft of the Medusa, Liberty Guiding People), Ancient Greece and Rome sculptures (Venus de Milo, Nike of Samotrace) and Apollo Gallery (French crone’s Jewels). So avoid these galleries at pick hours, and better book a Louvre 2-hour classical discovery tour at 9 AM or after 6 PM (Friday only).

Check Louvre Visits Data by Yourself

Check real time (live) visit data on affluence website.
Google « Louvre » and check the Google Louvre’s Business Profile: the Popular Time section shows statistics of visits per day.  

Clarifications

Skip-the-Line Tickets Is a Marketing Concept, They Are Just Standard Online Ones

The Louvre website says, « All visitors, including those entitled to free admission (including Paris Museum Pass bearer), must book a time slot. Buy your ticket online on www.ticketlouvre.fr… During off-peak times, there may also be a limited number of time slots for same-day visits available for booking at the museum. However … to guarantee your entry … we strongly advise booking your time slot in advance online. » Conclusion no magic: During your time slot, you are entitled to enter the online booking security line, so yes, you skip the line… of those who come without ticket.

So, as there is more than one entry gate in the Louvre what you can expect from your guide is to help you to optimize the situation. In the case of the Certified French National guides, they have access for themselves to a privileged entry gate. Traditionally the Louvre let them share this privilege with their private clients but this is unofficial and uncertain. No warranty can be given about.

Certified French National Guide

For obvious reasons, it is a very bad idea to follow a Louvre tour with a non-official guide. Certified French National Guide has been specifically trained at minimum bachelor degree level and bear an official card delivered by the ministries of culture and tourism. Certified French National Guide shows their card passing any entry gate in the Louvre.

Private Tour Versus Semi-Private Tour

Private Tours: We are specialized in private tours. Our private tours are really private meaning that nobody else will be added to your tour, your tour is for you and your party only. You can book your private tour for a maximum of 6 people. Private tour is our normal way to work with our customers all year long. There is no planned date for our private tour, if we are available for the date you wish we will do the tour for you.

Semi-private tour: During the high season we may also offer some of our tours as semi-private tours. On the Louvre semi-private tours, you are with other people but in a very little group of 6 people maximum. When semi-private tours are available, the schedule is shown here.

All Our Louvre Tours

Louvre Tour for First-Timers

Photo of the Louvre Pyramide to illustrate  the Louvre Guided Tour ; Paris, France.

Louvre Museum Classic Tour

A comprehensive introduction to the Louvre architecture and history and most of all an amazing selection of masterpieces: da Vinci, Raphael, David, Delacroix, etc.

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French Painting Cycle

Why follow French paintings tours in the Louvre? Because if the Louvre is world-famous for housing the Mona Lisa, it is also the biggest Museum in the world, owning very logically a huge collection of French Paintings.

More, as most of the French paintings rooms are not part of the Louvre classical touristic route, you will also probably discover and appreciate a quieter and not so crowded Louvre Museum.

The Louvre is obviously the best place to learn about French canvases. We proposed a series of dedicated tours.

Photo a painting by Nicolas Poussin to illustrate  the 17th century Guided Tour ; Paris, France.

Louvre French Painting 17th Century

The French call the 17th century “Le Grand Siècle” (the great century), the one of Louis XIV the Sun-king, the one of the creation of the Royal Academy of Painting and sculpture, when France started to dominate arts for more than 250 years. Don't miss it.
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Photo a painting by François Foucher to illustrate  the 18th century Guided Tour ; Paris, France.

Louvre French Painting 18th Century

18th-century French painting with Watteau, Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard, Greuze, Vigé Lebrun, David, Gerard, etc. Spend two amazing hours back in the century of enlightenment.

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Photo a painting by  Achille Etna Michallon to illustrate the 19th century Guided Tour ; Paris, France.

Louvre French Painting 19th Century

This 19th-century French Painting Louvre tour is the last one of our Louvre painting series. It is only dedicated to the first half of the 19th century, to discover the second half of this century you will have to change of museum and follow our Musée d’Orsay tour.

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Crash Course French Painting From 14th to 19th Century

A three-hours tour in 5 parts to understand the evolution of French painting from the 14th to the 19th century. 

  • 14th & 15th C. International Gothic
  • 16th C. French Renaissance – Italian & Flemish influence
  • 17th C. Baroque versus Classicism
  • 18th C. From Rocco to Neoclassic
  • 19th C. The age of Romanticism
Photo a painting by Nicolas Poussin to illustrate  the 17th century Guided Tour ; Paris, France.

Crash Course French Painting

Crash Course French Painting from 14th-century beginning to 19th-century Romanticism.

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Dutch and Flemish Painting

The Louvre owns the biggest collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings outside Belgium and the Netherlands. Our tour gives a chronological overview of the field with Van Eyck, Memling, Metsys, Patinier, Bruegel, Pourbus, Hals, Ruisdael, Vermeer, Rubens, Van Dick, Rembrandt, etc. Three versions of the tour are available.

Photo of the old city of Bruges to illustrate the Louvre Flemish and Painting Tour ; Paris, France.

Louvre Flemish Paintings Tour

An amazing Louvre tour to understand the development of painting in Flanders. From Flemish primitive with Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Memling, Bosch, Matsys, Pieter Brueghel, etc. to Flemish Baroque of Rubens, Van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens and more.

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Photo of a windmill to illustrate the Louvre Dutch Painting Tour ; Paris, France.

Louvre Dutch Paintings Tour

Starting from its origin with humanism and reformation in Habsburg Netherlands, this Louvre painting focus in the 17th century Dutch Golden Age with Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Gerrit Dou, Frans Hals, Van Ruisdael, Ludolf Backhuysen, Frans Post, etc.

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Photo of the old city of Bruges to illustrate  the Louvre Flemish and  Dutch Painting Tour ; Paris, France.

Louvre Flemish & Dutch Paintings

A 3-hour crash course from 15th-century Primitive Flemishes to 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. More than 250 years of art evolution with the most famous painters of the northern schools: van Eyck, van der Weyden, Memling, Bosch, Matsys, Brueghel, Rubens, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals etc.

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Italian Paintings Tour

Italian painting from the 13th to 18th centuries, from Cimabue to Tiepolo. Includes the famous Louvre Italian Renaissance collection. Soon available.

Ancient Egypt Tour

Thanks to Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition in Egypt, the French were the pioneers in Egyptology. This is a French man, Champollion, who discovered the meaning of hieroglyphs, he was also the first curator of the Louvre Ancient Egypt Collection one of the most prestigious of the word. Soon available.

Louvre Evening Tour on Fridays

Enlarge your stay in the museum enjoying late evening less crowded hours on Fridays as the Louvre is open till 9.45 PM.

For a Louvre private evening tour, just book the corresponding schedule in our tour availability calendar!

Extended Louvre Private Tour

Half-day tour, full-day tour: contact us.

Louvre Custom Made Tour

Special subjects, artists, eras, requests are welcome: contact us.

Prepare Your Tour at the Louvre to Make the Most of it

Louvre Facts & Data

  • More than 800 years of history (initially a medieval castle).
  • Since then most of the French rulers participated in its construction.
  • Artists worked and were housed there since the 15th century.
  • 1682 Louis XIV abandoned the Louvre for Versailles
  • Became a museum during French Revolution.
  • 2260421 ft² built, among them 652293 ft² of galleries.
  • More than 300 000 works of arts from which +/- 35 000 are exhibited.
  • 7500 paintings, a little more than half of them are shown in the galleries.
  • The Louvre houses a famous fine arts school: l‘École du Louvre.
  •  Also housed  there is the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France which owns a particle accelerator to study art works.
  • The Louvre is the world biggest, most famous and most visited museum.
  • Louvre pyramid complex designed by architect I.M.Pei in the 80s to manage the flow of tourists, is now undersized.

Related French Rulers Timeline

  • Philip II (Philip Augustus): The first Louvre, a medieval fortress, was build under is reign around 1190.
  • Louis IX (Saint Louis): Great son of Philip II he continued the work on the fortress. The « Sainte-Chapelle » was built (1241 to 1248) under is reign.
  • Charles V (1364 to 1380): transformed the fortress in a gothic palace.
  • François I iconic king of the French Renaissance starts the royal collection acquiring works from italian masters as Raphael or Michelangelo and briging others, as Leonardo da Vinci, to his court.
  • Henri II: Carried out from 1547 is father François I project, the Renaissance Louvre.
  • Henri IV: The Grand Gallery was built under the reign of the first Boubon King.
  • Louis XIV: The Sun king initially involved himself in the Louvre layout but finally leave it for is new built Versaille Palace.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte restarted the Louvre building the Rivoli Street wing.
  • Napoleon III: finalised the project with numerous constructions.
  • François Mitterand:  In the 80’s the French president asked architect I.M.Pei to implemente his pyramid in the Louvre main courtyard.

Amenities

WIFI: Some free hotspots are spread in the museum. No full coverage.

Children: Are welcome in the Louvre but have no really dedicated area for them despite since the end of 2021 a new space Le studio may partially play this role.

Snack and Lunch Break Inside the Louvre:

  • At the Pyramid reception area (Goguette, Comptoir du Louvre, Starbuck, and two take away counters).
  • In the galleries: café Mollien in Denon wing and café Angelina in Richelieu wing with terraces overlooking the Louvre Pyramid

Louvre Tours Reviews

Exciting visit to the Louvre

Fascinating visit of the Louvre, with this guide who is passionate about his subject. He doesn’t know everything, and at least he says so. For the rest, it overflows with fascinating anecdotes and knows how to captivate its audience with an erudition that is never heavy. Time passes without seeing him, and he too overflows. An experience to repeat.

Vincent d, France

Tripadvisor, January 2022