Museums: The Musée du Louvre
There are just a few things that are on my must do list when traveling; eating at some cool restaurants, visiting farmers and antique markets, and hitting a couple of museums. I find museum architecture quite interesting and how they interact with the surrounding environs. Urban museums have a different energy than those that sit on acreage featuring landscape art and outdoor sculpture gardens. I am partial to both, but when I find myself in a city on a rainy travel day, a museum is usually the perfect way to spend the day.
The Musée du Louvre
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Possibly the most iconic museum in the world. It started as the grand palace dating back to the 12th century as the main residences for the French kings. It became a museum in 1793 and houses more than 35,000 artworks. Some of the most famous things to see are the Mona Lisa, The Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, The Wedding Feast at Cana, and Vermeer’s The Lacemaker. The museum is best known for artwork prior to 1848 in and is separated by Egyptian Antiquities, Paintings, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities.
The Louvre is open every day except Tuesday and major holidays. Allow yourself a good amount of time (you could spend days here) to really see the museum and the amazing art that lives within these walls. If your time is limited, do your research and plan ahead. Organize which artists or pieces that you want to see. There are three separate wings, several levels and exhibit rooms for days.
To make matters more complicated, there are several other spaces outside the palace walls that are part of the Louvre including; The Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, The Tuileries and Carousel gardens, and The Louvre Gypsotheque at Versailles (in the royal stables). There are guided tours of all of the areas - you should definitely consult the website before arriving to make the most of your visit.