A rainy day in Paris is better than a sunny day in most places! One activity that the whole family will enjoy no matter the forecast is The Louvre Museum. When it’s sunny, dine outside on the patio of Café Marly, let the kids run around the pyramid or fountains close-by and enjoy the view from a park bench while catching some Vitamin D. Rainy days afford one the excuse to spend the entire day exploring every twist and turn in the labyrinth of rooms in the wings of the world’s most famous museum.

three statues in the LouvreFirst time visitors to Paris often ask, “How much time should I devote to visiting the Louvre?” My reply is always that “it’s complicated.” Every person has a different agenda. Here’s my best advice: Assess your own reasons for visiting. Is it just to cross some famous pieces of art off your bucket list? If so, get in early and head straight to see Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and your “must sees” first because the world’s most famous art icons get crowded quickly. Walk fast, don’t be distracted by anything along to way and then go back to see pieces you passed up that interested you. Are you an art enthusiast? If so, plan to spend at least half a day before you hit sensory overload and need a break. Are you traveling with kids? If so, all bets are off! Young kids are usually impressed with the hall of paintings. The pieces are so large and so realistic that they grab hold of their attention. Teenagers seem to gravitate towards the sculptures with the 3D component that captivates them. The shop is a treasure trove of goodies for all ages and have some of the best souvenirs to bring home to reminisce about upon your return.

  • buy tickets in advance online to avoid lines
  • avoid going on a weekend or French school holiday
  • be the first people in line when the museum opens up in the morning
  • go for a few hours in the late afternoon

The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays
Closed on the following holidays: January 1, May 1, December 25
Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris – France
Métro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17