Musee du Louvre
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Once a fort and then a palace, the massive Musée du Louvre is now the world's largest art museum—and many also regard it as the best. It's here that you'll find a trio of greats—the enigmatic Mona Lisa, the curvaceous Venus de Milo, and the headless Winged Victory of Samothrace. But you'll also find rooms upon rooms of more art: In fact 35,000 pieces fill the wings of this museum, which opened in 1793.
Although the Louvre is a must-see attraction for most, many travelers bemoan the crowds (especially around the surprisingly tiny Mona Lisa) and the sheer enormity of the museum (it's almost too much). Thankfully, the museum sells day tickets to the permanent collections for €11 EUR (about $15 USD), which means you can go in the morning, grab some lunch and a breath of fresh air in the adjacent Jardin des Tuileries, and then head back inside in the afternoon.
The museum is open Mondays, Thursdays, and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. To learn more, visit the Louvre's website.