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The Mona Lisa

There’s little that can be said about the world's most famous painting that hasn’t been said before. But don’t miss it...

TravelCurious Tip

Try visiting late in the evening or during lunch hours. The queues can get very long!

Lost and found

The fame of the Mona Lisa only really began in the late 1860s. Critics, reexamining the past, acclaimed Da Vinci’s work to be a masterpiece of the Renaissance and its fame naturally grew. Then, in 1911, it was stolen from its place in the Louvre and became a sensation overnight. The Louvre remained closed all week whilst the investigation continued to no avail: the painting remained lost for the next two years.

During this time, it became legendary. Huge numbers of fakes sprung up in the US and Europe. Eventually its Italian thief, Peruggia, was caught whilst trying to sell it to a gallerist in Florence. He was a patriot who believed it should be on display in its creator’s homeland, not France.


Smile

In 2012, John Lichfield, writing in the Independent, described it as ‘the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.’ It depicts a simple scene; the subject, Lisa Gherardini, sits with her hands crossed in her lap. The fascination stems from the complex expression caught on her face, which invites the audience into silent conversation with the subject. It’s difficult to leave her gaze, or decide whether or not a hint of a smile adorns her lips.

Another point of surprise is its size. The Mona Lisa only 77 by 53 centimetres, which makes it difficult to get a good view in a crowded room.

Nearby Attractions

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The Louvre
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The Venus de Milo
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The Victory of Samothrace
The Winged Victory of Samothrace is a must-see in the Louvre: a paradigm of Greek beauty, the archetype of Hellenistic sculpture.
'The Coronation of Napoleon'
A painting completed in 1807 by Jacques-Louis David, the official painter of Napoleon, depicting the coronation of Napoleon I at Notre-Dame de Paris.
'Liberty leading the people'
Is a painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France.
Egypitan Wing at the Louvre
Counted as one of the world’s largest such collections, it includes more than 50,000 pieces that give a detailed overview of Egyptian life and customs from the earliest days of Ancient Egypt.

Related Tours

Private Guided Louvre Tour with skip-the-line Tickets
The artistry and architecture of Paris is phenomenal, and there is no place better to gain a sense of the sheer magnitude of it than the Louvre. Throughout this private tour, your guide will talk to you about the history and culture of individual artists and their artwork. On your private tour of the Louvre, you will:

  • Meet your private guide outside the Louvre to begin your experience.
  • Enjoy free entrance for all children under the age of 12. 
  • See the unmissable attractions, including the Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo.
  • Learn about art history from your expert guide, along with the museum’s role for art historians.
  • Wander through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover masterpieces missed by many, including: Liberty Leading the People and Canova’s Apollo and Daphne.
  • This tour ends inside the Louvre Museum, that you are welcome to continue exploring at your own pace.
Originally one of France’s most lavish royal palaces, and home to some of the most ostentatious Kings of France, the Louvre has fast become the world's most impressive and influential museum of art in the world, and is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in art. Your private licensed guide you will take you through one of the most expansive and beautiful art collections in the world, where you will see some of the museum’s greatest works that span from 450 BCE to the 19th century, along with several of its lesser known treasures. 

Whilst visiting this fabulous museum you will have the pleasure of viewing the most celebrated of all the Louvre’s treasures: 'Three Grand Ladies'- the Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace, and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Your guide will discuss the fascinating stories that surround these influential and important works of art. After your guided tour, feel free to further explore the vast museum and its beautiful work at your own pace. 
All Inclusive Full Day Paris Walking tour including The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and River Cruise
Uncover the history and art of the quintessentially Parisian neighbourhoods on this tour, on your all inclusive tour including tickets to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and a river cruise. On your full day private tour, you will: 

  • Meet your private guide outside the Louvre and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the museum. Please note: we offer free entrance for all children under the age of 12
  • See the unmissable attractions of the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo
  • Make your way through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover masterpieces missed by many, including: Liberty Leading the People and Canova’s Apollo and Daphne
  • Wander through Le Marais – the quintessentially Pre-Revolutionary Parisian neighbourhood – where you will enjoy lunch at your leisure (paid locally by guest)
  • See the highlights of the city centre, including  Île de la Cité, the Palais de Justice, and of course, Notre Dame Cathedral. 
  • Hop aboard a relaxing river cruise to enjoy the city from the ease of the Seine
  • Learn about the Eiffel Tower with your guide, then take the lift to the 2nd floor and visit the tower at your own pace (tickets included)

Originally one of France’s most lavish royal palaces, and home to some of the most ostentatious Kings of France, the Louvre has fast become the world's most impressive and influential museum of art in the world, and is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in art. Your private licensed guide you will take you through one of the most expansive and beautiful art collections in the world, where you will see some of the museum’s greatest works that span from 450 BCE to the 19th century, along with several of its lesser known treasures. 

From the museum, your guide will take you to a neighbourhood which truly evokes the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of Parisian nostalgia, where you will see the magnificent Hotel De Ville – the city’s seat of government for over 600 years. Enjoy lunch at your own pace in Le Marais, with recommendations from your guide on the best place to indulge in a local cuisine of your choosing. 

Step onto a riverboat to enjoy the magic of the city from the Seine – the geography around which the entire city has been built for thousands of years. Learn more about the city’s modernization efforts in the 19th century, which brought gas lanterns, parks, sewage systems, schools, and hospitals to the city. Your tour concludes at the city’s most iconic site: the Eiffel Tower, where you will enjoy lift tickets to the second story. Your guide will be sure to give you dinner recommendations before leaving you to marvel at the spectacular panoramic views of the city.
Private Louvre tour for Families & Children (tickets included)
You’re in Paris with young travellers – you want to spend the trip together, you want to see the highlights, but you’re not sure if the young ones are ready yet for the hours of touring. Sound familiar? This tour was designed for you and your family – a tour of one of the world’s most famous museums, made accessible for young people.  

Your private tour of the Louvre is thoughtfully designed from start-to-finish so that you see all the unmissable highlights, while your kids are also drawn into the stories behind the paintings, the statues, and even the architecture too. 

On your private kid-friendly tour of the Louvre, you will:

  • Enjoy free entrance for all children under the age of 12.  
  • Be met by your private guide, outside the Louvre where your kids will be immediately entranced with the glass pyramid. 
  • See the unmissable attractions, including the Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo.
  • Learn about art history from your expert guide, with stories especially chosen to keep your young travelers engaged.  
  • Wander through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover masterpieces missed by many, including: Liberty Leading the People and Canova’s Apollo and Daphne.
  • This tour ends inside the Louvre Museum that you are welcome to continue exploring at your own pace.

Enjoy taking your kids inside a palace converted to a museum filled with ancient statues, some uncovered in archaeological digs, some found in remote areas of the world. Your family will learn about the larger-than-life Coronation of Napoleon painting, your little ones will learn about the trick behind why Mona Lisa’s eyes seem to follow you everywhere, and all of you will walk away having had an amazing experience.  

Private Louvre Tour: the Masterpieces & the Egyptian Collection (tickets included)
Not only is the Louvre the home to classics like The Mona Lisa, but also houses one of the most impressive and extensive Egyptian Antiquities Collection. This private tour is your chance to explore the museum’s classic highlights, along with the fascinating Egyptian Collection. On your private tour of the Louvre, you will:

  • Meet your private guide outside the Louvre to begin your experience.
  • Enjoy free entrance for all children under the age of 12. 
  • Explore the Egyptian wing, including the  Egyptian mummy, the Sarcophagus of Rameses III, and several other impressive antiquities. 
  • Jump into the unmissable attractions, including the Mona LisaThe Wedding Feast at Cana, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo.
  • Learn about art history from your expert guide, along with the museum’s role for art historians.
  • Wander through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover masterpieces missed by many, including: Liberty Leading the People and Canova’s Apollo and Daphne.
  • This tour ends inside the Louvre Museum, in which you are welcome to continue exploring at your own pace.
This tour was designed to be an all-inclusive, immersive experience at the Louvre, with the chance to explore the nearly 10,000 pieces of the Egyptian collection curated by the museum over the course of two centuries. While exploring the collection, you’ll dive into French history, told through the lens of art and archaeology. From there, your private licensed guide you will take you through the unmissable highlights, where you will see some of the museum’s greatest works that span from 450 BCE to the 19th century, along with several of its lesser known treasures. 

Whilst visiting this fabulous museum you will have the pleasure of viewing the most celebrated of all the Louvre’s treasures: 'Three Grand Ladies'- the Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace, and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Your guide will discuss the fascinating stories that surround these influential and important works of art. After your guided tour, feel free to further explore the vast museum and its beautiful work at your own pace. 
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