Frances most famous museum

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by alanmack37 on October 26, 2010

The Louvre, without question is the best and most famous art museum in the world. It isnt the normal sort of museum where you only spend two hours but a museum where you spend a minimum of two days. Our tour guide told us that if we were to look at every single item in the museum for 2 seconds we would be there for over a week, get that! I have never been in such an amazing art museum with so many Greek/Roman sculptures and well behold, upon entrance we were greeted by the famous statue of Venus de Milo.

. Here there were a minimum of five rooms filled with sculptures. It was also interesting to see the sculptures that had been renovated in modern times. The original sculptures were in many cases covered with colorful marble and pieces were added where the sculpture had been damaged. I especially liked the Egyptian exhibition. This was done from a cultural aspect and all of the exhibitions were arranged to explain certain parts of the Egyptian culture.

After several hours of walking in the museum I started to get weary so i was glad to see rooms of famous Renaisence sculptors as painters such as Michaelango, and i noticed walking through this room that there were more people assembling. Eventually we got to the end into a room full of people and security guards standing holding back the crowds. There was the famous Mona Lisa. Everyone has to see it when they visit the Louvre, but I do not see the point. There is a railing placed 10m in front of the painting to prevent tourists was getting to close to it…. Now can you only really appreciate a painting when standing right next to it and not from 10m distance. The crowd standing in front of the painting is annoying and there are signs up forbidding photography but everyone takes pictures of the Mona Lisa. Legend has it that the painting is a copy with the original stolen several years ago.

A great tip is to buy the ticket in advance online from the Virgin Megastore. This will save you time since you will not have to wait in line to get a ticket and the crowds are swarming to get in. Another tip do not use the main entrance when getting into the Louvre. The line here is the longest. There are other side entrances into the Louvre. Also pay for the audio/video guide as half the time you will not notice the importance of the objects that you view, and will not pay due attention. My visit there was so much more enriching since through the audio/video guide. I had an interactive map which gave detailed explanations to many pieces of artwork that are not available without the guide.

The disadvantages of the Louvre include the mass of crowds, there is a necessity to use a map, this place is so big that you will get lost. Also it is expensive and the queues to get in are big, there doesnt seem to be anywhere to get a snack or a drink.

However the Louvre is well known for its treasures and the buildings exterior is amazing so i would definitely schedule a visit.

Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France, 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51

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