A masterpiece by Georges de la Tour. One of many hidden treasures of the Louvre museum. Photo © Musée du Louvre / Michel Urtado.
Even with 9 miles of corridors, the Louvre can at times feel crowded. When darkness falls this immense palace suddenly quietens down, so an Art Journey Louvre evening tour would be like an intimate stroll through time. Imagine exploring the most visited museum in the world, and the further the visit goes on, the calmer it becomes. Entering while the crowds start to leave is one of the ways to have a serene experience in the Louvre.
From one to five persons, the tour is only for you. A private tour means it will be a tailor-made visit, not a one-size-fits-all commentary. It won't be a lecture, but a conversation.
Another reason why it will be a private tour : requests are welcome. If you wish to see a particular painting, the statue of a Pharaoh, a royal sword, or a diamond, just ask.
The Louvre is one of those rare places where one can travel through millennia of civilization across the ancient world. A 9 miles labyrinth of corridors where from one room to the next we feel like being aboard a time machine, wondering at ancient marvels.
Visiting at night means avoiding the crowds while discovering the hidden treasures of the Louvre.
The courtyard of the Louvre at night, seen from inside the museum. Photo © Art Journey Paris.
The Louvre is a daunting labyrinth of 9 miles of corridors over three wings and three floors. With more than 35,000 artworks displayed, attempting to see each of them for one minute would take two and a half months, 8 hours a day…
It is the most visited museum in the world, at the height of the touristic season up to 30,000 people converge towards the same famous masterpieces. All three, the Venus de Milo, Victory of Samothrace, and the Mona Lisa are in the same wing.. Visitors crowd into that wing, mostly avoiding the other two.
That's why visiting in the daytime these two wings already is the key to avoid crowds. Another method is to visit in the evening, on Wednesdays and Fridays, when the Louvre opens late, till 9.30 pm. Meaning that in summer we end the visit with a sunset, and in winter start it at night…
Sunset view from the Louvre museum during an evening private guided visit. Photo © Art Journey Paris.
When the crowds start to leave the museum, we start our journey. We first discover the same Louvre every visitor sees, already quieter than during the day. Then we discover the hidden gems of the Louvre, more than often all to ourselves.
The further we go into the night, the quieter and more intimate the museum becomes. Time will fly, as it won't be a one-way lecture, but a conversation. A stroll through time and civilizations, helping you understand what you see.
To enjoy the experience we do recommend visiting for about 4 hours. To get a sense of the advantages of an evening private tour of the Louvre, here are some reviews:
Thank you again for a wonderful, very informative tour through The Louvre - and at night! It was just incredible to feel as if we had that beautiful, enormous place all to ourselves - thank you for the evening tour recommendation!!
Your incredible knowledge of the Louvre and its treasures, combined with your ability to navigate through the exhibits efficiently, made our 4-hour tour perfect.
I wanted to thank you again for the incredible evening tour of the Louvre. All 4 of us enjoyed it immensely. You helped us to see the expected wonders in new ways, and debunked the common misconceptions! That was entertaining.
The evening tour of the Louvre with Art Journey was a highlight of our first trip to Paris. Our guide was friendly, open to our requests, and incredibly knowledgeable about the art and the art history of the works we viewed. It was fun and enlightening talking with him. We learned so much in just 4 hours!
Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insights with us on a great evening tour of the Louvre. Your guided tour was a special experience for everyone in our family, from the first-timers in our group to those who had seen the Louvre several times before. You were able to make sure that each person found it to be an intimate and memorable experience. You even kept it interesting for the kids.
I want you to know that your private night tour of the Louvre was an absolute highlight, way beyond our expectations and my wife and daughters are constantly talking about that night. As novices to the world of art, you managed to bring the history and significance of the artists showcased in the Louvre to life in the most interesting and informative way.
During an evening visit of the Louvre. Photo © Art Journey Paris.
Opening times - The Louvre opens till 9.30 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Louvre tickets - Entrance is free for children up to 18 years of age, and European young adults up to 26-year-old. Whatever the age and situation everyone now needs an online ticket reservation. - We recommend to only use the official Louvre website : official Louvre online sales site .
Paris Museum Pass - Highly recommended if you intend to visit several museums and monuments over a few days. Please note it is possible to reserve a timed ticket for free on the Louvre ticket website on the condition the Pass will be shown on the day of the visit. - Paris Museum Pass website.
Paris Tourist Office - Art Journey is a member Paris' Convention and Visitors Bureau, and both at the office and online you can get the Paris Museum Pass or the Paris Passlib, the Passlib Paris Official City Pass (Museum Pass + a cruise on the Seine + public transport).
Wheelchair access - People with disabilities are welcome. Disabled visitors and the person accompanying them will get free entry. The museum can also loan a wheelchair in exchange for a passport. Please let us know in advance if you need a wheelchair. - Visitors with physical disabilities.
Other Parisian museums opening at night - For example the musée d'Orsay, also open at night on Thursdays, so our musée d'Orsay evening tour is a perfect addition to the Louvre visit, from Antiquity until the early 19th century, then at Orsay with Impressionism. Another great evening tour would be Modern Art at the Pompidou Centre.
To inquire about a private tour, please mention the date of the visit as well as the number of participants, using the form below, thank you.