By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: On a trip to France, I'll be able to spend a few days in Paris and would like to visit the Louvre. How much time should be budgeted and what is the admission price?

A: To really immerse yourself in the grandeur and opulence of this historic landmark, it truly is impossible to spend just a few hours at the world's most famous museum. However, like most of us who only have a few hours to spend, even walking through the vast corridors lined with sculptures, paintings, jewellery and other antiquities from around the world can be worthwhile.

Be sure to pick up a handy map of the museum once you get your tickets. It is an excellent navigator to the hundreds of collections. Some must-see pieces include Vermeer's The Lacemaker, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Seated Statue of Ramses II, Aphrodite and lastly Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa.

The Louvre Museum reports that all the collections are not permanently open due to a lack of staff. So, a weekly schedule is available at the Pyramid entrace, information desk or on their web site,

For first time visitors, the museum also recommends taking an introductory tour. Admission prices for the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions are $7.50 Euro until 3pm, $5 Euro after 3pm, and free on the first Sunday of each month. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays.


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