Pick up tickets at an office close the the Louvre, then make your way to the Musee du Louvre on your own schedule—you’ll walk right past the long lines to buy tickets at the museum.
Be sure to grab a map of the museum on your way in, as the artwork is spread across 782,910 square feet (72,735 square meters) of galleries. In addition to the world-famous paintings and sculptures housed at the Musee du Louvre, there are thousands of remarkable pieces throughout the museum.
Visit a collection of Egyptian antiquities and one devoted to Near Eastern antiquities, then see ancient pieces in a section devoted to Greek, Etruscan, and Roman works. The Musee du Louvre also has a collection of Islamic Art, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Paintings and Prints. With the whole day to explore, you can enjoy the art at your own pace (with breaks to refuel at the Musee du Louvre’s several cafes and restaurants).