Louvre Tours at Night

In winter, enjoy a Louvre tour at night; the rest of the year, a Louvre evening tour. On Friday et Wednesday evening, the Louvre closes at 9 p.m. Why visit the Louvre during the most crowded hours when you can enjoy a Louvre after hours tour with less crowd and see the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo in much better conditions? Most of our Louvre tours can be booked as evening tours with no specific extra costs.

Photo of the louvre at night to illustrated the Louvre guided tours.

This is a photo of the Louvre in the evening in the winter. Louvre evening tours are possible on Fridays and Wednesdays, as the Louvre closes at 9 p.m.

The Private Louvre Tours at night in a Nutshell

From 130 € for 1 to 2 people + 45 € per extra person.

  • Guided tour in English
  • Genuine private tour = your party only (up to 6 persons)
  • Various tour themes are available 
  • Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide
  • Friday & Wednesday evenings only
  • Two meeting point options: outside or inside the Museum
  • Skip-the-line tickets not included to buy online (22 € per adult)

Warning: The first Friday of the month is not as good as other Fridays as the Louvre distributes free tickets (which are difficult to get), which means more people. So it is better to prefer other Fridays or any Wednesday.

This setback does not exist in July and August: no Friday evening free tickets.

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Why Choose a Louvre Evening Tour?

The Louvre is the most famous and most visited museum in the world. Long entry lines are not the sole problem; crowded or very crowded galleries are another, often not only in high season. It may partially or totally spoil your Louvre experience.

Louvre Tour Huge Lines to Enter

Huge waiting lines going in all directions to enter the museum on December 28th, 2022, around 10 A.M. It shows the interest of a Louvre Evening Tour!

Louvre Museum - The crowd in front of the Mona Lisa during pick hours to illustrate the interest of more quiet Friday evening tour.

The crowd at the Mona Lisa at pick hours during daytime.

Given this situation, a private Louvre evening tour is the best choice to make the most of your stay at the Louvre.

In the evening, after 6 p.m., the line for security control is usually much shorter.

Instead of having a more and more crowded museum when doing your tour during normal daytime,

In the evening, the Louvre will become quieter and quieter while your tour continues.

Furthermore, the crowds will not only become smaller and smaller but will change to more and more art Lovers.

You will experience another more peaceful Louvre, probably having an impression of intimacy at the end of the evening. 

The absence of daylight in fall and winter reinforces this feeling of intimacy (there are many crystal roofs in the Louvre).

Accessing the most famous works of art at the Louvre is usually much easier during an evening tour.

A Louvre Evening Tour is your best chance to approach the Venus de Milo and, even more, the Mona Lisa without being totally overwhelmed by the crowd.

Usually, after 8:15 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. there are fewer people in front of the Mona Lisa, so you will optimize your chance to see it in the best possible conditions at the end of the tour or just after it.

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

The Mona Lisa – da Vinci. Credit: The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

An evening tour is the best solution to maximize your Louvre discovery. Don’t miss it, furthermore, if it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

During winter, the special evening experience with continue after your Louvre Tour.

You will fully enjoy the charm of the city of light at night when leaving the Louvre as the famous museum is in the very center of Paris.

The Louvre Pyramid at night to illustrate the Louvre evening tour.

The Louvre and its Pyramid at night.

Photo of Comédie-Française at night just beside the louvre.

The “Comédie Française” at night, just beside the Louvre.

Notre-Dame  Cathedral at night to illustrate the Louvre evening tour.

The magic of Notre Dame de Paris at night. The île de la Cité, where the Paris cathedral stands, is just east of the Louvre.

Why choose us?

Our guide, Yves, is a genuine Louvre tour guide and truly knowledgeable. He has been improving his museum skills passionately and has received many outstanding reviews!

Unlike others, we charge the same price for our Louvre evening tour as our normal ones.

Our Louvre private tours are probably among the most affordable available.

Yves Your Private Tour Guide in the Louvre

Certified French national guide
BA, Magna Cum Laude, Heritage Developpement & Preservation from Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
Postgraduate from Paris Dauphine-PSL University

Know more about Yves, your private tour guide in Paris

What are the Inconveniences of a Louvre Evening Tour?

The Louvre Private Evening tour is the best choice. If you are available on Wednesday or Friday evenings, do not hesitate. The only possible drawback is if you want to see a specific gallery that is closed on Wednesday or Friday.

Indeed, some galleries close on specific days of the week.

Usually, on Fridays, the department of “Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas” is closed, and the department of “Egyptian Antiquities” is only partially open.

Usually, on Wednesdays the departements of “Flemish Painting” and the one of French 17th Century painting are closed. 

Always check the Louvre rooms closure schedule to access the last and most accurate information.

Nevertheless, you cannot be 100 % sure that a specific gallery will be open on the day you come; the Louvre can close any gallery without prior warning.

What is the content of the Louvre evening private tour?

There is no specific content for the Louvre evening private tour. Nevertheless, it makes a lot of sense to dedicate your Louvre evening private tour to discovering the usually most crowded Louvre galleries.

The Louvre has three wings: Sully, Denon, and Richelieu.

The most crowded wing is the Denon one. There is the Victory of Samothrace, Mona Lisa, and the other Da Vincci masterpieces, the jewel of the French Crown, and the most famous 19th-century French paintings (Coronation of Napoléon, Raft of the Medusa, etc.).

Then comes the Sully Wing, where are the Venus de Milo and the Ancient Egypt collection.

Two of our tours focus on the most crowded part of the Denon and the Sully wings; they are the ones for which an evening tour makes tremendous sense.

The Louvre Private Discovery Tour

The Louvre Italian Renaissance Painting Private Tour

Both tours can be directly booked from this page.

The Louvre Private Discovery Tour on Wednesday or Friday Evening

Our 2-hour Louvre Discovery Tour is designed to show you the maximum of the Louvre’s highlights. But there is a big problem: Many other people want to see the same masterpieces, and you will spend most of the tour time in very crowded galleries. Solution?

Book your Louvre highlight discovery tour as a Wenesday or Friday evening tour!

Photo of the Venus de Milo to illustrate the Louvre private evening tour, Paris, France.

Typically, Venus de Milo’s gallery is very crowded during the daytime. An evening tour will give you a much better experience there. Credit Jean Carlo Emer Unsplash.

Photo of Venus de milo just before closing to illustrate the Louvre private evening tour, Paris, France.

Typically, Venus de Milo’s gallery is very crowded during the daytime. An evening tour will give you a much better experience there. Credit Jean Carlo Emer Unsplash.

The apollo gallery, le Louvre, France.

Photo of the Apollon Gallery with no crowd. Created to glorify Louis the 14th as the Sun King Glory. It is now the showcase of the jewels of the French Crown. Credit: The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

Photo of the Daru Staircase to illustrate the advantages of a louvre private evening tour, Paris, France.

Friday evening, just before the Louvre closing, a nearly empty Daru Staircase with the Nike of Samothrace in the background.

The Louvre Italian Renaissance Paintings Tour on the Evening

The Louvre has a fantastic Italian Renaissance, which King François I of France started in the early fifteen hundred. François I was fond of arts, and he invited Leonardo da Vinci to stay in his court in France; that is why the Louvre has such an amazing collection of da Vinci master pieces (Mona Lisa, Sainte Anne, etc.) We propose an amazing Louvre Italian Renaissance Painting Tour. However, there is a big problem: the Italian Renaissance paintings are in the most crowded part of the Louvre. So, if you want to follow our Italian Renaissance painting tour in the best possible conditions, no mistake, book it as a Wednesday or Friday Evening Tour!

Photo of The Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna

The Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna, one of the famous Italian Renaissance masterpieces at the beginning of the famous Great Gallery in the Denon Wing you will be able to admire in much better conditions. Credit: The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

Enjoy the Italian Renaissance Masterpieces until the end in a more practicable Great Gallery to discover the works of Caravaggio, which close the period. Credit: The Yorck Project—GNU Free Documentation License.

Our Other Louvre Tours at Night: The Empty Gallery Experience

All our Louvre tours may be booked as a private evening tour if the corresponding gallery is open the day of your evening tour (Wednesday or Friday), always check that before all.
There is an important disequilibrium between the Louvre galleries. Meanwhile, at pick hours in Denon wing, the Great Gallery with its Italian paintings is always very crowded; at the same time, French or Dutch & Flemish painting galleries in Richelieu or Sully wings will probably be nearly empty.

So, if you book a French or Dutch & Flemish painting tour on Wednesday night or Friday night, we will probably be nearly alone in the related galleries where you will have the impression of having the Louvre Museum only for you—an amazing experience.

To book these tours as Wednesday or Friday evening tours, just go on the corresponding Louvre tour page and select a tour departure time at the end of Wednesday or Friday afternoon.

Women Alone in From of the Marie de’ Medici Cycle by Peter Paul Rubens_px<br />

Women alone in Marie de Medici’s Cycle by Peter Paul Rubens. Richelieu wing, Louvre.

Combine Louvre 4-Hour Extended Tours and Louvre Evening Tour

Combining the Wednesday or Friday evening solution with our 4-hour Louvre tour is an optimum choice for an extensive discovery of the Louvre in its best condition.

For this combination, we start our tour at 4:PM or 4: 30 p.m. and have a guided tour that ends around 8 or 8:30 p.m..

Typically, this kind of tour is made of two parts.

The first two hours are dedicated to exploring some usually not-too-crowded areas of the Richelieu wing, such as Napoléon III’s Apartments, French paintings, Dutch or Flemish Paintings, etc.

A second part at later hours focuses on Denon Wing’s most popular areas (Da Vincci paintings, Vénus de Milo, Coronation of Napoléon, etc.).

Warning: Napoléon III’s Appartements are closed. Reopening is planned for May 2024.

Georges de la Tour painting - Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene to illustrate the Louvre Private Tour in Paris, France.

The first part of the Evening Tour may be an opportunity to discover Georges de la Tour’s fantastic paintings, the French master of chiaroscuro. Credit: The Yorck Project—GNU Free Documentation License.

Man with a glove by Titian, Louvre, Paris, France

At the end of the tour, the room where the Mona Lisa is becoming more negotiable. It is an excellent opportunity to discover the Louvre Venetian masterpieces, such as the amazing “Man with a Glove” by Titian. Credit: The Yorck Project – GNU Free Documentation License.

A four-hour extended tour on Wenesday or Friday evening is a must!

It gives you both the empty gallery experience and the Louvre highlights in optimum condition.

The Louvre is not only the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo!

Strolling around in nearly empty painting galleries is really a very special, intimate experience. If you are lucky, you may even encounter one of these authorized painters copying Louvre’s masterpieces in front of you.

 

Photo of an authorized artist reproducing a Rembrandt masterpiece in the Louvre.

An authorized artist reproducing a Rembrandt masterpiece in the Louvre.

Combine a Louvre Evening Tour with a walking tour of the historical heart of Paris

In our Paris essential tour series, we recently created the “Paris Full Day Tour Version 2” Tour.

The tour is structured in three parts :

  • A 4-hour walking tour in the heart of Paris starting at 1 p.m.
  • One-hour time pause, which can optionally be cut/skipped, to be decided between the customer and the tourist guide.
  • A Louvre Evening Tour starting at 6. p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

If you are in Paris only for a couple of days, this formula is an excellent choice for discovering most of the historical heart of Paris and the Louvre on the same day.

This is to be reserved for those who have nothing against a long +/- 7-hour walking tour.

Photo of Palais du Luxembourg from the garden pond not far from the departure of the Paris "full day" tour with Louvre Evening tour included

The Palais du Luxembourg garden is quite close to the starting point of the Paris “full day” tour with Louvre Evening Tour included.

What if You Cannot Attend a Wednesday or Friday Evening Tour?

If you can’t attend a Wednesday or Friday Evening Tour, or if the Wenesday or Friday night tour slot you want is already booked.

If you have already seen the most famous Louvre artifacts and paintings (Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, etc.) or seeing them during your tour is not mandatory.

Then there is an easy alternative solution:

THE LOUVRE ALTERNATIVE TOUR

This is an off-the-beaten-track Louvre discovery based on the Louvre Richelieu Wing, the lesser visited part of the Louvre, which is also full of amazing artifacts and paintings.

French sculptures from the Dark Ages to the 19th century.

Northern school painting (Dutch & Flemish).

French paintings from the 16th to 19th century.

Napoleon III appartement.

Napoleon I artifacts.

Dark Ages artifacts, etc.

The Fountain of Diana an amazing mannerist sculpture in the Richelieu Wing off the beaten track to Illustrate the alternative Louvre Tour.

The Louvre alternative tour. 17th Century French Sculpture at Cour Puget.

FAQ Louvre Evening Tours

What is the difference between Louvre after-hour tours, Louvre night tours, and Louvre evening tours?

They are the same: tours based on the late closing of the Louvre Museum at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday evening.

Can we stay in the Louvre after the evening tour to see the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo in even better conditions?

Yes, if the Louvre is still open, this is a very good idea. The tour usually ends quite close to both the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, and the later you are from them, the fewer people you will see there.

Example: You start your Louvre evening tour at 6 p.m., which ends at 8:10 p.m. You usually still have +/- 20 minutes before the Louvre teams start to evacuate the galleries for the 9 p.m. museum closing.

Louvre Evening Tour Reviews

Private Louvre tour was incredible!

You simply must book this private tour. To start, you are swept right inside, in front of the lines of envious people. Then, a whirlwind of expertly described art and history. The guide has a great style of informing in a conversational way. He curated the experience to our interests. You could tell he’s very experienced, with an amazing knowledge of art and history! It was fast-paced, and he fit in so much. It was nice having someone who knew his way around so well. He knew we weren’t keen on the crowds and took us through in a way that avoided people, and at times it felt like we were in our own museum to ourselves. He really went above and beyond. 10/10 would do again!

Mary Kate L

May 2024 - Tripadvisor

A Tour de France of the Louvre

I booked the alternative tour for my partner and myself to have a different take on the Louvre. We met Yves at the entrance and he asked for our preferences and what we liked and adjusted the tour accordingly. We had a Tour de France with Yves, unforgettable, we walked 9km in 2 hours and got amazing insights into some of the most amazing art pieces, and no, not only the Mona Lisa. Yves advised us to do the Friday evening tour to avoid the crowds and I can only highly recommend that. We had a fantastic time!

Melody J

April 2024 - Tripadvisor

Great experiences_Musee Louvre & Rodin

We (four of us) took the 4-hr Friday night Louvre tour, then backed up with the Musee Rodin. Yves constructed two wonderful experiences for us. Yves is very passionate about you getting the best tour experience and a great communicator (and lovely bloke). His knowledge and stamina is amazing. We regard these tours as part of the high points of our 10-day stay in Paris.

Lindsay A - Queensland, Australia

Jun 2023 - Tripadvisor

Exploring the arc of art history at the Louvre

We took the evening Louvre tour with Yves and it was one of the highlights of our time in Paris. The Louvre can be overwhelming, so if your goal is to go and take a selfie with the Mona Lisa and call it good, that’s fine. I had been there before and wanted something more than just the standard audio tour. My wife and I were looking for a more unique experience with more depth exposing us to more about the works, the history of the museum, and the larger arc of art history as a whole, and that’s what we got from our tour with Yves! His selection of works to highlight during the tour was well chosen to get at that arc of art history to help the interested laypeople like us. Yves brought a ton of energy and knowledge that really drove the tour and got us involved from start to finish. As the tour went on, he was adapting some of the focus points to the topics/lines of questioning that we were focusing on throughout, providing a very personal feel to the end product of the tour. I have a technical mindset as well as an interest in history, and he picked up on that from my questions and deftly weaved elements of that into the tour as we progressed. It was obvious that he is guiding tours due to his passion for the subject matter. As a history enthusiast, I also really appreciated how he was very thorough in pointing out what he knew (and could back up with research) versus where there was some speculation in the historical consensus. As a private tour, I doubt there are any as affordable with this high of a product and I would highly recommend Yves as a guide for anyone looking for compelling depth and energy in a private tour.

GriffsDontJingle

May 2023 - Tripadvisor

Things to know before Booking

Clarification: Skip-the-Line Tickets Are Just Standard Online Ones

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 a ticket!

Louvre Museum Tickets Fare

Museum tickets are not included in the tour price.

  • Online Louvre tickets: 22 € per adult
  • Free for all kids under 18 years old
  • Free under 26 years old for the European Union residents

EVEN IF YOU ARE ENTITLED FOR A FREE ENTRANCE, YOU MUST TAKE A TICKET ONLINE.

Restrictions

  • Private tour means a tour for you & your party only, not that the museum is privatized.
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.
  • In case of unexpected closed galleries you accept to follow a substitution content.
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services.

Attention Points for the Louvre

  • Check The Louvre galleries closure schedule before planning your Louvre coming.
  • Tour on foot in Louvre's huge galleries, so good health & comfortable shoes are mandatory
  • Photos are authorized but without flash. Selfie sticks are not allowed.
  • WARNING: proof of ID is mandatory as tickets are nominative!
  • WARNING: If you have a free ticket, the corresponding proof is mandatory!
  • WARNING: print your tickets or at least upload them before coming to the Louvre (last-minute problem uploading tickets may spoil the tour)

Meeting Point

Easy one Inside or outside the museum (detail during booking)

Access: Metro Line 1 station Palais-Royal

Book your Louvre Private Tour

Just request the date, time, number of people you want for your Louvre tour in our calendar and follow the below 4 steps online easy process.
(1) Receive our OK email (48h free pre-booking)
(2) Buy your Louvre tickets online (compatible schedule)
(3) Once you have your tickets pay your tour online
(4) Receive our
confirmation (email)
Nota bene: Step (1) free pre-booking is lost if no step (3) payment is received after 48 hours. Buy your ticket on the Louvre's official website. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Open hours:  9 a.m. - 6 p.m., except Wednesday & Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.  Any exit is final.

Meeting point OUTSIDE the Louvre Museum

Meeting point INSIDE the Louvre Museum