The Louvre in Paris

Address: Very hard to find an accurate one…so I’ll post the map! Click here to view it.
Cost: 16 Euro per Adult; children 18 and under are FREE
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays

Wow, the Louvre has so much history in it I couldn’t help but fall head over heels for her. Originally built as a fortress in the 12th century, it once served as a Palace to the royals but fell to the common people during the Revolution and in 1793 the Revolutionary government opened the first portion of the museum to the people. Upon it’s public opening date it housed 537 paintings that were mostly confiscated property from the royals and churches during the Revolution. The collection has certainly grown in the last 200 years to house more than 35,000 pieces of art and more than 380,000 objects displayed in this 652,000 square foot building! There are several collections to view including Egyptian Antiques, Sculptures and my favorite The Greek, Etruscan, and Roman collection.

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The Louvre has several iconic pieces it has acquired over the years such as the Venus de Milo, The Winged Victory of Samothrace and the beloved Mona Lisa (which let me burst your bubble now…the original Mona is only 30 in × 21 in – yea, I was shocked when I saw it). The Louvre provides maps upon entering that give
information on the displays and their locations in the museum but here is a link for an interactive floor plan so you can plan ahead and make sure your “must see” things are made priority.

There are places to eat inside as well and enough rooms and collections to easily fill a complete day or two. For parents with young kids, it’s a little hard to maneuver a stroller around and paranoia is all but contained as you watch your little ones walk by these priceless objects but it is well worth it – just plan to move a little slower than most and keep a close eye on the kiddos. This is a wonderful chance to educate tweens and teens on art, culture and history. For a book to help kids get educated on the pieces in The Louvre before your big trip, click here.

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