Few art museums in the world are as famous as the Musée du Louvre is. Spanning more than 60,600 sq. meters in the city of Paris, it showcases somewhere around 35,000 specific pieces of art. As a visitor, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the place, and to miss out on most of the displayed art while rushing to find what you originally came to see. Suffice to say, there are a lot to take in, and not enough time to do it in a single day.
However, if a day is all you have, then you can make the best of it by sticking to the great masterpieces, such as the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. Some of your time can also be spent exploring specific art periods and even some of the special exhibits. Following are some of the things you can do to get the most out of your Louvre guided tour.
Get a Room near the Museum
The museum opens at 09:00 am each day, and you will want to be in line before that. Transiting can lose you time, which is why it is a better idea to stay at a hotel near the museum. That way, you will be well rested and able to take in most of the exhibits you see.
Book Tickets in Advance
Make sure to get your tickets beforehand, because buying them at the museum means you will have to spend some time in line. You will find tickets at Paris FNAC stores, or available on the Louvre website. Keep the ticket in hand when going to the museum, and make a quick entry by choosing the Porte des Lions entrance.
Try the Masterpieces Visitors Trail
The Masterpieces Visitors Trail is a good place to start. You can be done in 90 minutes, which includes a walk past famous works including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. That means if you start at 9, you will have seen the best pieces by 10:30 am, leaving you plenty of time to grab a coffee and plan the rest of the tour.
Plan How you Will Spend Time
While it is possible to visit every wing in the museum in half a day, you are sure to feel footsore and it will undoubtedly wreck the mood. Do not try to cram in every exhibit; instead, choose a few and spend some time admiring each of them.