The hidden treasures within The Louvre

Paris has been given many names over the years; Fashion Capital of the World, City of Love and City of Light. If you’re visiting then there are many places that you simply can’t afford to miss.

The Musee du Louvre, or Grand Louvre, is one of the most famous of the 153 museums in Paris. With its noticeable glass pyramid entrance it is highly distinctive and home to some of the most famous works of art including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. There are close to 35,000 artefacts stored here, from paintings to pop culture, sculpture to archaeological findings.

You can get a combined ticket which grants you access to all the permanent collections of the museum as well as the temporary collections such as those in the Musee Eugene Delacroix. It is advised that you hire a tour guide. The museum is absolutely massive and getting a guide can ensure you see everything you want to see.

In the Sully Wing you can find the famous sculpture of the Venus de Milo, in the Orangerie you can find Monet’s Waterlily paintings, and with the help of a guide you can make sure to locate works by Rubens, Titian and Delacroix amongst others.

By the main entrance there is the Carousel du Louvre, a shopping mall. Around the museum are famous gardens, such as the Tuileries Gardens, house to the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume.

Slightly unusually for a museum you can take all the photos you like, free of charge. There are all the amenities and aids that you want to provide a nice comfortable tour, such as a media centre and floor plans as well as audio guides.

Open since 1793, the museum gets roughly 8 million visitors per year. Located on the bank of the Seine, you can get to the museum by metro. The closest station is the Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre. As well as the public transport system, you can arrive by car. There is underground parking available from 7am to 11pm.

If you are visiting Paris, then make sure you get a chance to see the Louvre.