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The Secrets of the Louvre

Every day, thousands of people visit the Louvre without realising the secret agendas and hidden knowledge lurking in much of the art. In this unique tour, you dive into the magic and mysteries of the collection, investigating covert political messages and concealed meanings, sacred geometry, mystical beliefs, and even a few pyramids.

Great art is full of great stories, but some are a little stranger than others. This half day tour takes you deep into the mysteries that surround many of the works of art in the Louvre with an expert guide who specialises in the weird, arcane, and esoteric.

You’ll meet them in front of the Louvre, then skip the long entrance lines and head straight into the museum, though not before you learn about the stunning glass pyramid that crowns the entrance and some of the controversy and legends that surround it.

Inside the museum, you’ll explore some of the lesser known parts of the collection while also taking in the main highlights. Is the Raft of the Medusaa masterpiece about cannibals? Who really posed for Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings? What is sacred geometry and why were some of the greatest minds in history obsessed with it? This tour is full of history and mystery, dark deeds and Da Vinci codes, and even a conspiracy theory or two.

You’ll see the highlights of the collection and learn a lifetime of fascinating things about them. The difference on this tour is that you get to dive into some of the more controversial and mysterious theories surrounding the art. It’s a fun and engaging experience for both longtime art lovers and people who don’t usually visit art museums.

Experience Includes

  • Small group tour with a maximum of 15 people.
  • Skip the line access to The Louvre
  • Services of an experienced guide
  • Enjoy 3 hours seeing the greatest treasures of the Louvre.
  • Visit the Louvre, Glass Pyramid, The Mona Lisa, The Virgin of the Rocks, The Coronation of Napoleon, The Raft of the Medusa and Liberty Leading the People
  • Use of headsets.

Experience Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel tranfers
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenirs

Departs

1-16 March Monday, Thursday, Saturdays. 17 March - 31 October Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.

Departure location

When facing the Arc du Carousel with the Louvre Pyramid behind you, there are two winged female statues in front of the Arch. We meet at the left statue (southern end of square). Your guide will be holding a Walks sign. The Arc du Carousel (a triumphal arch) is located inside the Place du Carousel, standing between the Louvre Pyramid and the Tuileries Gardens.

Start times

Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays at 3.00pm. Wednesdays & Fridays at 6.45pm. The 6.45pm tour does not run November - February.

Duration

3 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID. This is particularly important for guests who qualify for a student or child discount.
  • This tour provides skip-the-line priority, but is subject to all procedures and security requirements.
  • This skip-the-line tour enables you to skip the line if indeed there is one. Unfortunately, there is no way to foresee which days and times will produce lines and which will not and occasionally there may be no line at all. In general, long lines are common in the summer, on most weekends and during peak travel periods throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, local holidays).
  • Please note, prices apply to everyone 4 years and older. Infants 0-3 years are free of charge and do not require a ticket but proof of child's age may be required.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Unfortunately this tour is unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments,wheelchairs or strollers.
  • As with all museums, particular galleries of the Louvre museum may be closed without prior notice, or pieces may be removed for restoration or loan. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution.
  • To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the attractions of Ile de la Cité. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are permitted. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the attractions of Ile de la Cité. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are permitted. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.