For guaranteed entry to the museum, we advise all visitors to book their time slots online, including those entitled to free admission. During off-peak times, there may also be a limited number of time slots for same-day visits available for booking at the museum. Tickets for specific time slots can also be booked through official online vendors (Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, Paris Cityvision, Tiqets, Get your Guide, Headout, Musement, Mon Petit Paris, Klook, Miki Travel, JTB, Kuoni, My Bus, Citywonders) and at Fnac stores.
Both staff members and visitors over the age of 11 will be required to wear a mask in the museum. Two entrances to the museum will be open: the Pyramid entrance, where there will be specific queues for each time slot, and the Richelieu entrance, for visitors with member cards (Amis du Louvre, Louvre Pro, ICOM, Ministère de la Culture, etc.) and groups.
Hydroalcoholic gel will be provided at both entrances to disinfect hands and must be used before entering the building. One-way systems have been set up to control the flow of visitors throughout the museum. This includes the recently-renovated Galerie d’Apollon and the Salle des États (where the Mona Lisa is displayed), which will be entered and exited through separate doors. Signs have been installed with recommended itineraries, which visitors will be asked to follow strictly at peak times.
Visitors will be able to explore 45,000 m2 of the palace and discover over 32,000 artworks, from the famous Victory of Samothrace, Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa to the lesser-known decorative arts of the Middle Ages and the garden statuary of some of the most grand residences of 17th-century France. Rooms in the following sections will be open: Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities; introduction to Islamic Art; Italian and Northern European sculptures; Italian, Spanish, and English paintings; 19th-century French painting masterpieces; Crown Jewels; Napoleon III’s apartments; decorative arts in the Middle Ages and under Louis XIV; and French sculptures from the 17th to the 19th century. Some collections, on the other hand, will not be accessible: French sculptures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; decorative arts during the Renaissance, and the 18th and 19th century; arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas; lower level of the Islamic Art department; and level 2 of the French and Northern European painting collections.
For sanitary and safety reasons, some changes will be made to the services on offer: the cloakroom will remain closed, meaning that motorcycle helmets, suitcases and large bags will no longer be allowed in the building; prams/strollers and wheelchairs will still be available but will be cleaned after each use. The bookstore will open as of July 6 and the catering services in the museum will also reopen in time. From July until September, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day except Tuesdays.
To support independent tour guides, the museum has decided to allow them to bring groups of up to 25 people. However, in order to respect social distancing measures, they will be required to use headsets and a microphone.