Visiting The Louvre With Kids
The Louvre in Paris is a fortress turned museum and home to over 70,000 pieces of art, spread over 650,000 square feet of gallery space. Arguably the most famous, The Mona Lisa but don’t forget about
- Winged Victory of Samothrace
- Venus de Milo
- Great Sphinx of Tanis
- Law Code of Hammurabi
- Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People
- and soooooo many more!
Taking on this gallery of art and artifacts can be daunting and the amount of information to take in makes my head spin. I didn’t want my kids to miss the iconic pieces of art they may be studying in school and I didn’t want to to have to spend time figuring out the map. Let’s face it, their attention spans are only so long when it comes to taking a tour so we opted to take the Louvre Highlights for Families tour with City Wonders. I know for a fact that we saw more, walked less and enjoyed ourselves more than we would have had we not taken this tour.
Days and times the Louvre are open.
The Louvre is beautiful but save yourself some heartache by planning your visit when the Louvre is OPEN! It is closed Tuesdays, open till 9:45 pm Wed & Fridays, all other days 9-6 pm. Take note.
Top 3 Reasons To Take The Tour
Meeting Point and Easy Entry
The first thing you will notice when you arrive at the Louvre is the LINES. So many lines. Pre purchase lines. Ticket purchase lines. Security lines. Random line because…no .. I kid! I kid!
The first think I loved about the City Wonders tour was we didn’t have to stand in any of the lines. None. Zilch. Plus our entry was INCLUDED in our tour price.
Meet at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, pictured above. Look for the Horses. A host from City Wonders will have a badge and a branded shirt on and will check you in at your appointed time. Then they will introduce you to your English speaking tour guide. (our guide spoke four languages, but who is counting!?) And you are all set to go!
Then you SKIP THE LINE. I felt like we went in the back door and we were getting the side eye from a few people standing in line but I didn’t care. Skipping that line felt SO GOOD! Our guide flashed her credentials, we put our bags through security, walked though metal detectors and we were IN. Now, depending on the time of year, day and time you choose to take your tour there may be a line at security past the fast entry point. We just happened to have a REALY fast entry. But any short wait you have will be NOTHING in comparison to the lines you JUST PASSED. Trust me.
Kid Friendly Activities
City Wonders gave each of my kids a colorful, age appropriate booklet that acted as a guide for our tour. The museum was broken into colorful sections based on their construction, there was a ‘seek and find’ section that kept them looking all around them and puzzles and places to doddle for when they needed a break.
But the true treasure was our guide Fabrizia. She was fluent in Italian, English, French and German. My mind just swirled. I have issues with English!! She is a mother and you could tell by the way she interacted with our kids. Very personable, relatable and engaging. She used the guide as just that a guide. She didn’t read it word for word, as we could have done by ourselves but she engaged us as a family. She answered all of our questions in detail and pulled tidbits of information that our kids loved.
This woman KNEW the Louvre like the back of her hand. She knew where to stand so we could have a conversation about the art, she knew how to wait for a crowd to clear so we could get a photo and she knew the best route to get through the museum in optimal time.
Small Group Tour
Another reason we loved our family tour was because it was SMALL. Our tour happened to be just the six of us but they will cap the tour group at 25. This way you don’t miss out on information being given. I saw so many groups with over 50 people on the tour. I have no idea how anyone was learning anything or how they were getting photos. We definitely felt taken care of on our tour.
Take all the photos!
You never know when you might need one of these for a class project! Sure beats looking them up on google images!
Let’s pause and take a moment to talk about the Mona Lisa. This is a photo taken of the crowd that in front of the lady with the crooked smile. Somewhere in the middle of this photo is myslef and my youngest daughter with 120 of our newest and closets, literally, friends.
There is no fast pass or line skip if you want your photo with Mona.
Be warned that if you are
- have to go to the bathroom
- have a stroller
- have tiny children
- are offended by body odor
- don’t like to be pushed
- ….. this line is not for you. Just my opinion.
My youngest daughter is an artist and LOVED art. She WANTED her photo with the Mona Lisa so we spent our time in this line. It took us over 20 minutes to move 15 feet and there was many times I could feel the walls moving in on me. But we got our shot.
If you are going to stand in line please, I beg of you, don’t be the American woman calling out in a loud voice,’ Why is everyone pushing? Can’t we stop the pushing? Why are you pushing me?’ It helps no one. We are all in this together. We chose to get in this line for the same shot. And when you get to the front, please be considerate and get your shot and snake back through the crowd. Don’t hang out at the front and wait for the person at the back of the line to join you. There is no time for that.
Also…. don’t forget to get a selfie with some of the most beautiful art in the world!
And then…. when you are done inside the Louvre …. head outside and take some forced perspective photos! Aren’t these fun!?
Moms and Dads.
Moms and dads… please hand off your camera to the kids and have them take a photo of YOU.
YOU are important and need to be in photos too!
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