If there’s a season when Paris shines, it’s autumn. Beautiful colours paint the trees all along the Seine, like masters from the golden age. Instantly, you know you’re in one of the worlds most romantic cities. Of course, when you arrive at the museum you’ve dreamed of visiting your entire life, only to find out that queues are at least an hour long, those fuzzy feelings are long gone.
If you’re planning on visiting the Louvre this fall, it’s a good thing you’re here. In celebration of the 500 year anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, the museum is changing things up, requiring all guests of the fall exhibition to obtain tickets in advance. Here’s when, where and how to get tickets for the Louvre’s absolutely grand Da Vinci inspired fall exhibition…
The Da Vinci heavy Louvre fall exhibition begins October 24th and will feature many newly unveiled works, in addition to the usual repertoire, including of course the museums 24/7 – 365 “Mona Lisa” on proud display. To make the experience more enjoyable for visitors, time limits will be placed and time slots will be sold in advance for each date, up until the exhibitions end on February 24th, 2020.
Getting Fall Exhibition Tickets
The Louvre will be offering tickets to the fall exhibition beginning June 18th, with a cost of €17 per adult. Children under 18 are able to enter free of charge, and young adults up to 26 years old living within the European Economic Area are also eligible for free entry, with valid ID. Be sure to purchase tickets for any minors, as they won’t just be able to “walk in”.
And yes, tickets are mandatory for the exhibition, so don’t try to talk your way in. It’s not like French people have positive feelings towards many foreign accents anyway ; )
The Louvre is generally closed to visitors on Tuesdays, so be sure to leave some wiggle room on either side. If you’re able to take advantage of a great shoulder season deal before the US November breaks and in between other holidays you’ll stand the best chance of avoiding crowds. Of course, any time but weekends are generally going to be better, no matter what.
These tickets are timed in 30 minute slots, so once you’re inside you won’t be wrestling any crazy crowds. And since they’re timed, you won’t have to queue up for hours either. Overall, it’s a big win…
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HT: Lonely Planet