What are the best museums in the world?

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21. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1721 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

If you find a museum you really like, visit it several times. We visit the Louvre and the Orsay nearly every time we're in Paris. That way you don't feel obligated to spend the entire day there nor to see everything they have on exhibit (an impossible task). With the Louvre we decide exactly what we want to see that day and then take the time to enjoy it.

BTW, we have never waited more then 10 minutes to get into the Louvre. Research the other entries; don't just join the long line at the Pyramid because it's there.

22. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1913 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Last time I visited the Louvre was before the Pyramid. We had a night visit where the Winged Victory and Venus de Milo were all lit up.

23. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1583 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

We visit the Louvre and the Orsay nearly every time we're in Paris.

Yes, we're there in December after fifteen years and we'll be visiting both of them again; and the Picasso Museum.

Tuol Sleng, sobering as it is, is a 'must visit' in Phnom Penh, and the Peace Museum in Hiroshima. The Gold Museum in Bogota was OK but I preferred the Botero Museum just up the road.

I definitely agree with the London ones - the fact that they're free means that you can nip into one for half an hour in your lunch break, visit a particular room and then go back for another room the next day.

Casa Mila (La Pedrera) in Barcelona is superb.

24. Posted by Piecar (Inactive 1218 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Beausoleil....Then what is the trick to getting in to the Louvre? Go French style and just butt in to line? I was just in Paris, walked past the Pyramid and the thousand people and said forget it. Can you pre buy or something?

25. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1721 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

First, yes, you can buy advance tickets. Advance tickets for the Louvre Museum

We never are quite sure when we want to go so we don't buy advance tickets but if you know you want to go at a particular time, that would be very easy.

We have always used the Lion's Gate and never found a line. I notice they have reserved that for Groups with booking confirmation so it's not an option now. The Louvre notoriously changes rules for the different entrances though so if you aren't going for six months or so, I'd check their web site to see if that has changed. Entrances, hours and prices for the Louvre Museum

As I mentioned in my first post here, don't use the entrance at the Pyramid. There is always a long line there. There are other entrances. If you are outside and by the large triumphal arch (Place du Carrousel), look on either side of the huge arch and you'll see a low cement wall. Walk over to it and you will discover stairs going down underneath the Place du Carrousel. Go down and find another, much less crowded entrance to the Louvre. There is also the entrance off the downstairs shopping mall and another at Passage Richelieu. The Passage Richelieu was once the tour group entrance but that seems to have moved to the Lion's Gate. As I say, they change the group entrances occasionally so check before you go. The Lion's Gate is most difficult to find so the least used which is why we have always used it. Here is an interactive floor plan that shows you where the different entrances are. Interactive Floor Plan of the Louvre Museum

Enjoy one of my favorite museums.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Oct-2017, at 11:00 by Beausoleil ]

26. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1721 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I just clicked on the Interactive Floor Plan of the Louvre Museum in my post above and noticed that the two entrances on either side of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel are not shown on the Louvre map. Trust me, they are there. They're very hard to see because it is a low cement wall (on either side) and it goes down so there is nothing to indicate anything is actually there unless you walk over to the top of the steps and then you can see the Louvre sign at the bottom. The first time we tried to find it, we failed and walked right past. I've actually never seen the one one the south side of the arch because we've used the one on the north side. Entering the Louvre from the Metro is also usually pretty fast. Don't go up to street level; enter from where you exit the Metro.

Going through the shopping center is also an easy entrance and there is a nice museum store there. Here's the link to a map through the shopping center to the museum entrance: Carrousel du Louvre map The shopping center entrance is at 99, rue de Rivoli and the link to the map also tells you how to get there by various means.

27. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1434 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Maybe this map of the Lourve will help just scroll down the page:

http://www.artphototravel.net/paris-revisited-once-again-first-days/

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29. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1721 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Teoni, That's the plan copied from the Louvre web site, and while it points out several of the entrances, it is the map linked above from the Louvre web site and the two entrances out by the triumphal arch are not shown . . . as mentioned above.

It's much easier to go directly to the Louvre web site because the map there is much clearer (not a scan or copy) and you can check hours, prices and which entrances are open when you are going.

If the poster wants to see a photo of the Place du Carrousel, there is one at Avoiding the Lines at the Louvre It has a photo of one of the two entrances with an arrow pointing to it. They are hard to see until you know what they are.

30. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1434 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

the two entrances out by the triumphal arch are not shown . . . as mentioned above.

Sorry, I guess I mixed up the arches (Paris has a lot of those it seems ) I thought the Galerie du Carrousel entrances because it is depicted as an arch on the map was the arch you were talking about

Too bad you can get the Google map co ordinates, then the poster could just punch it in the phone and easily be led to the entrances in question.

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Oct-2017, at 20:31 by Teoni ]