When we were in Paris last month, I absolutely could not believe how many people were at the Louvre. Even in the rain, the line to buy tickets was a THREE HOUR wait. In the rain.
Since we bought tickets in advance, we only had to wait half an hour. Only.
If we hadn’t already paid, there is just no way we would have waded through this hot mess of people. But since we had already plunked down the cash, we dove in with both feet. The craziest part was this:
Other parts of the museum were equally as crowded. It felt like being on a packed subway car. Not relaxing, and not something I would choose to do again.
However, this was in direct contrast to the lovely Rodin museum. Here, they limit the number of guests. Once the museum reaches maximum capacity, they will only allow new visitors once others have left.
The wait (for us) was not very long – maybe twenty minutes.
It’s wonderful. The museum also includes a gorgeous garden, which is sprinkled with masterpieces such as The Thinker.
There are zero crowds. This is about as packed as it gets:
So, my advice: if you don’t like crowds and long waits, skip the Louvre. Find another museum that is a little off the beaten path. For us, this was so worth it.
What are your favorite museums in Paris? Any recommendations? I’d love to start a list for next time!