Friday, March 25, 2011

The Louvre Museum - Tricks to know

The Louvre Museum welcomes 8.5 millions guests. So sometimes, to enter the Museum it can be tricky, it's better to have some tricks if you want to avoid the long queue of the entrance.

Generally the peak traffic is between 11am and 16pm, and it's worse during the school holidays. It can be a good idea to come before 11am, you will avoid a long queue and have more time to visit the museum.

Also, there are some entrances, to name it, the ''Porte des lions entrance'' which is less frequented, so  the queue is shorter, instead of going by the ''Pyramide entrance''. Remember also that the ''Porte des lions'' entrance is closed on Friday.

You can also buy your ticket online with the Museum Louvre partners:
-Ticketweb - by typing ''Louvre museum'' you will have all the information regarding mailing (only for the USA) , the Museum tariff, and the different exhibitions, the site is in english.
-Fnac- it's a good sit you can print your ticket, but it's in the french language.
-Ticketnet- difficult to understand, it's in french for the most part.
You can't pick up your ticket that you bought in advance in the museum, you have to check with the partner the condition of obtaining the ticket.

You can buy ticket outside the Louvre, in some stores (Fnac, Carrefour, Extrapole, Le Bon Marché, Printemps, Géant Casino, Madisson Nuggets, Paroles et Musiques, Leclerc, Auchan, Cora, Cultura, Mediastore, Galeries Lafayette, Virgin Mégastore...).

There are also some collections that every body wants to see, for example the Mona Lisa painting, the Vénus de Milo statue or the Nike of Samothrace sculpture, so it can be crowded sometimes and you can feel overwhelmed and stressed by the crowd.

There are some aisles less crowded than others, some rooms less crowded also. So you can enjoyed your visit better.
It can be a choice to do, famous and crowded or enjoyed your time.

Be aware also that the rooms begins closing 30 minutes before the closing time of the Louvre Museum. And be aware also that some rooms of the Louvre Museum can be closed due to staff shortages, a yearly calendar lists the rooms closed for each day of the week.

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