How much is admission into the Louvre?

Access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in both the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix.

Admission is free the first Sunday of every month and on July 14. 

Admission is also free to the permanent collection on Friday evenings after 6pm for those who are under 26 years old, regardless of nationality. Photo identification is required.

From October to March: access to the permanent collections is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month.
From April to September: no free admission on the first Sunday of each month.

What are the operating hours of the Louvre?

The museum is open every day except on Tuesday.

Operating hours are 9 am–6 pm on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Operating hours are 9 am–10 pm on Wednesday and Friday.

During which holidays is the Louvre closed?

The museum is closed on the following holidays: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. For more information on opening hours, click here.

Where are the entrances located?
Pyramid and Galerie du Carrousel entrances: open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays; and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Passage Richelieu entrance: open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays)
Porte des Lions entrance: only for groups with their booking confirmation
How can I best avoid lines at the Louvre?

To avoid lines, it is encouraged to obtain a membership card or purchase tickets in advance to present upon entering. Visitors without tickets or passes can enter through the Galerie du Carrousel shopping area located underneath the museum where tickets can be purchased at ticket windows and machines as an alternative to entering through the Pyramid.

Is it necessary to reserve group visits?

All groups of 7 people or more must reserve tickets in advance and enter through the Passage Richelieu or the Carrousel du Louvre. To prevent overcrowding, groups are limited to a maximum of 25 people. This allows the museum to properly accommodate all visitors throughout the day. The reservation fee for groups is 30€, which does not include individual admission fees or any guided tours. If a group does not have an advance reservation, the group leader should go through the Passage Richelieu entrance to the group reception desk to book the visit, acquire a tour guide sticker and purchase the necessary tickets. For more information, please read questions regarding tours below.

What if I need to find an item lost at the museum?

The Lost and Found is located at the Information Desk underneath the Pyramid. You may also contact the Lost and Found at +33(0)

Do group tours need to be reserved in advance?

Guided tours for groups must be reserved at least 2 months ahead of time. On the day of arrival, a group must present a reservation pass upon entering through the Passage Richelieu or Carrousel, and proceed to the Group reception desk underneath the Pyramid. To reserve, please contact:

Musée du Louvre
Direction des publics
Service vente et reservations
Visites-conférences et ateliers
75058 Paris Cedex 01
Tel.: + 33 (0)
Fax: + 33 (0)

How can I order from the Louvre’s gift shop?

Products from the gift shop can be purchased on the Louvre’s website. For more information, please click here.

How can I obtain the rights to use images of works of art from the Louvre’s permanent collection?

Art Resource is the American affiliate to the RMN (Réunion des musées nationaux) that authorizes rights for use of images in various forms of media. To access images on their website, please visit www.artres.com. The RMN owns the rights to images of all works of art in museums in France. Images can also be ordered on their website at www.photo.rmn.fr.

How do I find information on a work of art and/or have it appraised?

Unfortunately, AFL does not handle requests regarding evaluation of personal items. Please see below a list of recommended organizations that are able to help with appraisal requests

316 East 3rd Street
New York, New York 10009
Tel. 1-800-645-6002

American Society of Appraisers
P.O. Box 17625
Washington, D.C. 20041
Tel. (703) 742-8471; 1 (800) ASA-VALU

Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10016
Tel. (212) 940-8590
Fax: (212) 940-6484
Email: adaa@artdealers.org

How can I find more information on a specific work of art at the Louvre on the Louvre’s website?

There are several online databases accessible on the Louvre’s website. Atlas allows visitors to look up information on most of the 35,000 works of art at the Louvre. There is also an online inventory of the Department of Prints and Drawings (available in French only).  For a full list of online databases accessible from the Louvre’s website, click here.

How can I arrange an event at the Louvre?

The Louvre is a beautiful setting for a private event. To organize a corporate event, please contact Astrid Larson at alarson@aflouvre.org or (917) 717-5033.

For more information regarding visiting the Louvre, please consult the Louvre’s website at http://www.louvre.fr/en/homepage or consult the Activities and Tours web page.

You may also call the Information Desk at +33 (0)

How can I purchase tickets in advance?

Advanced tickets may be purchased at any of the below websites. 

FNAC (tickets for the permanent collections and exhibitions, auditorium events, lectures and symposia, workshops)
TicketWeb (permanent collections and exhibitions)
Ticketnet (permanent collections and exhibitions)

How accessible is the Louvre for disabled visitors?

The Louvre provides free admission with no wait through all entrances to disabled visitors and a guest or helper. Through all entrances (with the exception of the Passage Richelieu), elevators are available to take disabled visitors down to the reception area under the Pyramid. In exchange for a piece of identification at the information desk, you can borrow wheelchairs and other necessary equipment. Handicap access guides and Museum maps are also available at the information desk beneath the Pyramid. For more information on accessibility for disabled visitors, please click here.

Does the museum allow photography?

Flash photography is forbidden throughout the entire museum. Photography without flash is allowed except in specifically marked areas.

Does the museum provide guided tours?

Guided tours of the museum’s collections are offered daily and vary by theme, including general, historical and monographic. Tours are available in French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and French sign language, and last for 90 minutes. Fees range from 4€ to 9€ per person. Audio guides are also available and can be picked up for 5€ in exchange for a piece of identification at the rental desk underneath the Pyramid.

How can I get permission to draw or paint in the museum’s galleries?

To obtain permission, contact Isabelle Vieilleville at isabelle.vieilleville@louvre.fr or at +33 (0)