- The Paris tourist attractions that aren’t worth a visit

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Louvre Museum (Musee du Louvre)

Why the Louvre is a Paris tourist attraction that isn’t worth a visit

Everybody thinks the Louvre museum is a must-see tourist attraction in Paris. Well, that’s not the case.

You would need to spend approx. 5 weeks in the Louvre to fully appreciate the 65,300 pieces of arts. But that’s only if you’re an art freak, which the average tourist isn’t. Most of Paris tourists visit the Louvre because of one painting and that’s the Mona Lisa. You find her in the Grand Gallery in the Salle de Etats, but to get there, you have to master some obstacles:

In the main season hundreds to thousands of people try to get in the museum and try to get a look at Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. That means you have to wait quite some time to get into the Louvre.

Mona LisaBecause the Louvre is so huge (to walk the perimeter of the Louvre you would have to walk 3 miles/4.8 kilometer) you have to walk and walk and walk to finally get to the Mona Lisa.

Finally there, you have to fight with all the other hundreds of people to get a look at her. And then you will find out that the painting looks exactly the same as in the books, only a little bit foggier. It’s said that’s because of Leonardo da Vinci’s Sfumato painting technique, but maybe it’s just because she is behind a thick plexiglas.

Sure everybody appreciates art differently, but when you finally manage to be in front of her there is no jolt of amazement or a sudden instant of wonder, she just looks like she does in the art books. Furthermore the size of the painting isn’t impressive either, it’s only 31 inches by 21 inches (approx. 78cm x 53cm). Even the reprints they sell in the Louvre gift shop are bigger.

We suggest you better appreciate these art pieces in an art book, especially since all the descriptions of the paintings in the Louvre are in French.

If your time in Paris is limited, rather enjoy this beautiful city outside in the streets and inhale the unique Parisian flair than waste your time with some unimpressive dusty paintings (except of course you are a true art lover).

Attraction: Louvre Museum (Musee du Louvre)
Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001
Opening hours: Days Time
Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun 09:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
Wed, Fri 09:00 a.m. - 09:45 p.m.
Tue closed
Admission fees: Ticket type Price
Tickets for the Permanent Collections €8.50
Tickets for Exhibitions in the Hall Napoleon €8.50
Combined Ticket €13

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  1. January 17, 2006 @ 2:04 am

    Henry said,

    are you crazy???? of course you HAVE to visit the louvre. you probably don’t have any culture where you’re from!!!

  2. January 19, 2006 @ 2:44 am

    Jason said,

    I have to agree. When I was there, two years ago, it wasn’t that impressive. First of all to see the Mona Lisa you have to fight your way trough hundreds of people standing in front of her. And then, this little picture. In every movie it seemed bigger as it is in real. I have wasted hours to see the “Mona Lisa” which isn’t as exciting as I expected it. I wouldn’t go to see her a second time.

  3. February 15, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    jesska said,

    i have been there and i saw the mona lisa and it was really cool there was a lot of amazing artwork

  4. March 15, 2006 @ 1:33 am

    Nabid(girl) said,

    I have to disagree, I went to the louvre and it was awsome, in a way. I would go there again if it was not sooo expensive. The people who disagree with me are crazy!

  5. June 5, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    JJJ said,

    its borin

  6. July 2, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    Kilroy said,

    This section of your website is interesting, but I still wonder: if you visit none of these monuments in Paris, WHAT do you have left to visit? The Eiffel Tower?

  7. November 27, 2006 @ 1:38 am

    Bruce said,

    You must go to the Louvre, if only to gaze up the staircase at Winged Victory at the top.

  8. January 6, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

    jean moyer said,

    The Louvre is a must for every visitor to Paris. If the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo are the only things that these people went to see, they are missing out on so many other exquisite works of art. There is no limit to your cultural experience if you open your mind to the possiblities that the Louvre offers.

  9. January 10, 2007 @ 3:49 pm

    terri said,

    I did visit the Louvre. We were in Paris for ONE day and tried to cram as much in as possible. It was the fourth of January and I was not expecting the crowds! If it is this bad in January I would hate to see what it is like in the travel season. I love art, and spend many happy hours in museums around the world, however it is very difficult to enjoy anything when every square inch is occupied by a person. The long lines to buy a ticket from an automated kiosk (which, as a warning to Americans attempting to use an American credit card, do NOT accept most American credit cards because they lack something called “plus” a security computer come with cash,) just consume time better spent elsewhere. I believe it is possible to buy museum passes or purchase tickets ahead of time, do […] more

  10. January 16, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    N.H. said,

    I get the feeling that whoever wrote these reviews just doesn’t like France, Paris or the French. Look, if you have NO interest in art or museums, you might as well skip it. If you have ANY sense of what Paris has been all about for centuries, a trip is essential. Like any great musuem, it is impossible to see everything in one visit. So don’t try. If you LOVE art and museums or if this is your first trip to Paris, you might try the more accessible Musee d’Orsay also or instead. In many ways the latter is more exciting than the Louvre and features most of the great impressionists.

  11. January 27, 2007 @ 9:08 am

    Mikael said,

    Bonjour! What a super websight! Very refreshing to peruse from where we live in Paris (France). I eat frogs and drink wine. Woold like more informatons on this. Best regards! Mikael.

  12. February 16, 2007 @ 8:04 am

    Amber said,

    I agree with the point that it is not very interesting to see the Mona Lisa and fight the crowds but all of the other art in the museum is definitely worth seeing, an example is the Venus de Milo, so if you go to Paris, visit the Louve

  13. February 28, 2007 @ 2:11 am

    Pheobe-Primrose said,

    “bonjour” the lourve is actually pretty NOT that facinating, i have been there and done that; and i must admit that picture of the mona lisa looks exactly the same as the fakes and not worth $17 AUS! for the admission. my advice about france is stay away from those blimy slimy frog legs! and those snail thingos! O_0

  14. February 28, 2007 @ 2:15 am

    Sally said,

    I think that the “lourve” is not as “lourvly” as it is quite crumby. (mmmmm CRUMBLED UP COOKIE THINGS)

  15. February 28, 2007 @ 2:18 am

    Pheobe-Primrose said,

    “BONJOur” THE lourve isnt as good as it says in books and stuff; i have been there and done that and it is not as facinating as they say; it is a waste of MY time and MY money! and stay away from those blimy slimy frogs legs and snails for goodnesssake! mm cake

  16. March 16, 2007 @ 5:48 am

    ArtLover said,

    WHAT? Might as well just look at the painting in an art book? I think NOT! Books are never the same as the real thing! When I went to Paris on a school trip we basically had 20 minutes to go through the Louvre. For anyone who’s been there you know there is no way you can see everything in that time period even at the running pace we took. However I wouldn’t cut out that experience for the world! The Louvre is wonderful & to see the artwork first hand in person is most definately awe-inspiring! To see the individual brush strokes and to get an idea of the shear magnitude of some paintings is really something amazing! As for the writing about the paintings in French either learn the language or bring a french speaking friend with you! ;) Or you could do your own research ahead of time! I […] more

  17. May 2, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

    Paris France said,

    Carolyn I found this article to be extremely useful for me. Thanks!

  18. May 4, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    Goobi said,

    I want to come to PARIS !! YEAHHH!!

  19. May 24, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    Passion for Art said,

    Umm..well I’m some one interested in art..therefore Louvre would b a MUST even IF the place is crowded…I mean if u have a passion for art…then GO FOR IT! It’s any awesome place of inspiration..and Louvre would probably be my first if I ever go to paris.

  20. July 7, 2007 @ 8:04 am

    A typical tourist said,

    I’m not an art lover, don’t know much about European history and hate long queues but the Louvre was definitely worth seeing. I did the super quick walk around, stopped at the Mono Lisa (had my picture taken) and left. Didn’t have time to reflect at the time, but seeing all those paintings during all sorts of time periods was fascinating. I only had 2 days in Paris so I just wanted a glimpse of everything (a been there done that attitude).

  21. July 15, 2007 @ 7:55 pm

    Tanya said,

    I was at the louvre in June with my 15 year old daughter. We had a great time. Even though the Mona Lisa is hard to see we woulden’t have missed it for the world. Seeing it ( yes she is a lot smaller than you’d imagine) was one of the best, awe inspiring moments I’ve had. My daughter stood looking at it until I pulled her away.

  22. August 15, 2007 @ 3:37 am

    Hazel said,

    You are right, “if you are a true art lover”, you can’t skip the Louvre. There are much more things than just the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo and yesssss you need at least five days to actually appreciate all that art. I suggest to do some research first on the paintings that are in the Louvre because you will appreciate it more when you actually see it in person. I absolutely fell in love with the place, cant wait to go back!!!

  23. August 31, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    Kelvin said,

    this is insane. what kind of closed-minded fool says you should just see these pieces of art in a book? You go all the way to paris to come to this conclusion? Ridiculous. There are MORE things to see than just the mona lisa. The Raft of medusa, the crowning of josephine, the roman revolution just to name a few. This artworks are ENORMOUS in size. Now if you’re just an old american fogie who cant bare to walk around half a mile to see some of the most precious artworks in all of history, by all means, go stand in the eiffel tower line, thats true parisian culture there *rolls eyes*

  24. January 24, 2008 @ 8:34 pm

    Steve said,

    I don’t care if all of you think it is boring to visit the Louvre. I want to stand next to history and witness it for myself. The thrill of being next to a piece of art, a cathedral, building, or any other historical work is the exiting part. I didn’t go to play golf at St. Andrews because it is the most exiting golf course in the world. I could have looked at the photos, but I want to experience the history myself. So everyone has their idea of what they like to do when they travel. Leave it up to the individual.

  25. January 31, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

    IAN said,

    ;) I Lie this place and the dude that writes this site talks cheap. Bet he’s never went to any of these places, all he does is make up reasdons not to go ;) IAN OUT!!

  26. February 5, 2008 @ 3:33 am

    Alecia said,

    We love art, we love history, we love France, and the Louve, it is part of history and we appreciate that!

  27. February 7, 2008 @ 1:26 am

    peweli said,

    Your list/reasoning is a joke! Of course the painting is exactly as the one in the text book! Duh!! But there is nothing like seeing the Mona Lisa IN PERSON. My husband and I are going to Paris for the first time in a few weeks and I am very much looking forward to visiting the Louvre. I say…you can experience life through a book or you can experience life :)

  28. February 21, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

    Ingrid said,

    i love the mona lisa and i like pudding pudding is good for me!!!

  29. March 22, 2008 @ 1:09 am

    peweli said,

    Just got back from Paris. We went to the Louvre and I still stand by my previous comment. Going there is NOT a waste of time. We enjoyed it and seeing the Mona Lisa and a bunch of other beautiful and historical artwork in person was priceless. The place was sooo big, we only saw a quarter of it. Looking forward to the next visit.

  30. April 4, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

    patrick said,

    great site. nice people commenting.refreshing

  31. May 15, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

    terrence said,

    Oh come on are you serious??? I really would like to know what the person who wrote the original comments. Who ARE you? Does culture in general frightens you or what? YES you have to WALK in a museum - but it is not only at the Louvre. EVERY museum requires for you to put one foot in front of the other one; it is called “exercise” You REALLY should try it once. YES the museum is huge; but one is not supposed to see it ALL: try to make some choices/what is it you would like to see ( me for instance I love impressionist and I do not like baroque type of paintings; so I skip that)… Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world ( and believe I HAVE TRAVELLED THE WORLD). I ahve been there many many times and every single time I am there I am discovering something new and beautifu […] more

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  33. June 15, 2008 @ 8:49 am

    The Bear said,

    I wish there was a website like this for every tourist city in the world, so people would not need to waste time discovering the duds for themselves. There is so much to do in Paris that you really don’t need time wasters - although I disagree about the Pompidou Centre. Love it…

  34. July 8, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

    Luc said,

    This review is pure rubbish. We spent a full 10 hours at the Louvre during our honeymoon and we were saddened that we couldn’t see it all, but its also one of the main reasons why we have decided to go back to Paris when we can. Seeing the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory in person beats looking at a picture in a book hands down. There’s nothing like seeing things with your own eyes. There’s also a lot more to the Louvre than those 3 famous works of art. The ancient Egypt/Roman/Greek artifacts are absolutely amazing to see in person, as are the statue gardens, the Napoleon apartments and the thousands upon thousands of other paintings and statues that decorate the Louvre.

  35. August 22, 2008 @ 2:16 am

    ria said,

    Such a beautiful place in the whole world.Dont miss it to visit!.

  36. August 22, 2008 @ 2:17 am

    ria said,

    Love you Paris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. January 12, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    Rowena / Dubai said,

    I have failed to visit this place Louvre-Museum but I will try it next time through subways, I was not satisfied with the drive tour though we pay much, going on your own just be guided by subway map is more advisable as it saves cost and your holding your time.

  38. January 12, 2009 @ 11:44 am

    Rowena / Dubai said,

    It’s been an educational trip visiting Paris, I travel alone and I enjoyed it a lot. the subways / underground trains are very easy to follow just always feel free to ask information counter. If you are coming from CDG Airport going to your hotel you can use the underground subway / train which located inside the airport itself. No worries even you are first time traveller to Paris direction map are easy to understand.

  39. January 27, 2009 @ 5:02 am

    Daniel said,

    This web site has totally amazed me with its complete lack of understanding of Paris, history, art, architecture or the reason why most people travel. If you follow the recommendations offered here you may as well stay home, watch Archie Bunker re-runs on nickelodeon and order pizza by phone. Deep down, you are very shallow.

  40. March 23, 2009 @ 12:26 am

    kim said,

    hey sexy

  41. June 1, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    Shera said,

    I think people have misunderstood the concept of this website. The author mentioned that it’s only for those people who’d like to visit Paris for a short period of time. If you guys are going for more than 2/3 days, then go ahead and visit all these monuments/places! Nothing wrong with it. But if you have a short period of time, things like knowing that the line at the Louvre is effin’ long and appreciating art inside it would be a hard task with all the other tourists around would be essential information to allow you to manage your time.

  42. August 13, 2009 @ 3:39 am

    Kim said,

    Not sure who is writing this but to travel to Paris and not see the Louvre would be a sin. One can buy a Museum Pass- and not wait in line- or go on Thursday night when it is open late. You can tour with a docent or even hire your own tour guide- it is one of the most beautiful museums in the world- even if you do not see the Mona Lisa. Also, the Musee D’Orsay- smaller, easily seen in a day, is gorgeous. And the Pompidou’s collection is formidable- not just modern art, but some fantastic impressionist work and sculpture. Do not be dismayed by this person’s information- go! and you will not be disapointed.

  43. September 25, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

    Ross said,

    Has he ever heard of Monet, Manet, Michelangelo or is his appreciation of art only limited to a picture of a picture in a magazine? I find it amazing that he suggests that you go out into the streets of a major city to breath fresh air. I think that these evaluations are a crock.

  44. October 3, 2009 @ 6:12 am

    janet fauble said,

    I appreciate the tips about which tourist traps to avoid, but the Louvre is the most appealing feature of Paris to me, and I will certainly make an effort to see as much of it as possible. I sincerely appreciated all the comments here for I now realize that a walking tour may be desirable just to cut in ahead of the lines. Yes, there are many more things to see than the top three that each tour advertises so I intend to do a lot of touring where perhaps the crowds are not so dense. Thanks for such an interesting website as I agree that most of the top ten places to avoid when pressed for time can wait til another day. But to Phoenbe about the tip on froglegs and snails, it all depends upon the chef as to whether they are any good or not! Cooked right, they are delicious!

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  46. July 11, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Sarah said,

    Do NOT avoid this attraction. I went last year in mid July, in the heat, in the crowds and it was still an amazing experience. Apart from anything else the building is really quite beautiful and worth seeing. The crowds are nowhere near as bad as described apart from when you see the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, but it was worth it, I was still impressed by the Mona Lisa because it is a beautiful painting and I knew what to expect. Granted it’s a huge gallery and you can’t see everything in one day. As an art student and someone who has visited Paris several times I recommend spending 2 or 3 hours in the Louvre. Go and see the most famous pieces, but don’t over do it unless you’re really keen on your art. Get your fill of the beautiful works of art then go and visit another attraction but […] more

  47. October 26, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    Paris hotel said,

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  48. March 6, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    Scott said,

    This site’s author is either awfully closed-minded, or not a good manager of time. HERE’S A REAL HINT - If your going to visit, go on the first Sunday of the month - most museums are free - including the L’Ouvre! When you go, get in line at least a half-hour before opening (9 a.m.) Once you enter the museum through the glass pyramid, it’s not that far to the Mona Lisa - reasonably well-marked and you pass by other classics on the way - Winged Victory, Venus de Milo. But see Mona first and get it done. Sure it’s smaller than you expect, but it’s breathtaking to be in the company of such a masterpiece, and I am not an art fanatic. I am a fan of history, and seeing the Code of Hammurabi, as well as other ancient Greek, Roman, and Egypitan artifacts (just today), as well as classic art […] more

  49. March 23, 2011 @ 1:44 am

    serge said,

    this is proof positive why you should never believe everything you read on the Internet. Are you mad? saying the only thing in the Louvre is the Mona Lisa is like saying the the grand canyon is just a hole in the ground with rocks! The sheer immensity and variety of beautiful artworks will turn even the most unexposed and previously un-interested persons into at least art appreciators if not spark an interest in the love of art. Have you even been to the Louvre? a comment as pithy as yours sounds like it comes from someone who has never seen it with their own two eyes. Either that or you are one of the most jaded and culturally unappreciative persons on the planet. In that case, why bother travel? just stay home and eat your macdonalds cheeseburger and drink you budweiser.

  50. March 23, 2011 @ 1:53 am

    Serge said,

    again: VISIT THE LOUVRE. You won’t regret it. I speak from experience as I have been here several times in my life, and have always appreciated it. And I don’t consider myself an art lover at all. Also, in one of our visits, we went with an experienced guide on the Louve express tour. Despite all the lines, crowds, etc. We saw all the highlights, Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Egyptians, etc. in ONE HOUR. No we didn’t have special passes, we just walked quite briskly, But our guide did show us the quickest route through the place, so it’s possible, even if your pressed for time. If you do have the time, stay and wander through the exhibits, it’s worth the half day or whole day even.

  51. April 30, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    Renee said,

    When we visited a couple of years ago, the staff wouldn’t even allow you to stand in front of the rope for a moment and they kept shouting, “MOVE,” in French. It was awful. However, other parts of the Louve were wonderful and not so crowded. VERY RUDE AND PUSHY STAFF!!!!!

  52. June 5, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    Anna said,

    Honestly… You people suck. Hahaha sorry to be so rude but Paris is a tourist filled city. If you want to experience all the amazing things Paris has to offer you will need to deal with it. If you don’t value art, history, or culture you shouldn’t be going to Paris is the first place. That’s what cruises and beach vacations are for.

  53. July 17, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    soni said,

    i dont believe dat such person is still alive in this earth who doesnt admire mona lisa cos its small, crowded, dusty….WOW…..mona lisa is not a picture of kim kardashian whr u can ask to paint again with more ass show….

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  55. October 25, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Sky said,

    is it the building or the pyramid?

  56. December 8, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    que ver en paris said,

    I like Paris very much and Louvre Museum. But there are always too much people there.

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  59. June 5, 2012 @ 4:43 am

    Jill R. said,

    Are you effing crazy???? The Louvre is definitely a must-see. Seeing the Mona Lisa in person is akin to seeing a celebrity in-person. There was more than the Mona Lisa there. What about the Winged Victory? If you are an art lover, you cannot miss this.

  60. August 14, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Ayesha said,

    Apparently if you were to appreciate every piece of art it would take up to 9 months not 5 weeks.

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