Wheelchair Accessible Louvre Museum Paris
Free entry (companion too),
The Louvre museum in Paris is HUGE.
To see all 380,000 exhibits, on the 4 floors, of the 3 different wings – you would need to roll/your companion would need to push for 12 kilometres! You don’t need to cover all 12 kilometeres though, but make sure that your companion is wearing comfortable shoes.
Most importantly though, pick up a Museum Map from the Information Desk.
Why? There are steps everywhere, but an alternative route is usually always available. This alternative route can sometimes be rather circuitous though, and might also involve using a lift (and all lifts don’t stop at all floors). So without a map – you are very likely to get very lost.
And the bad news: If you had your heart set on seeing the Winged Victory sculpture (Winged Victory of Samothrace) , you’re going to be disappointed. To be seen up close and personal, Winged Victory requires climbing steps (the Daru staircase). There are also steps on each side too. But the Louvre’s website has a great photograph for you to look at instead:
And now the (three) very good news stories for wheelchair using visitors to the Louvre in Paris:
1. Queueing. The main entrance to the Louvre at the Pyramid has 4 different queues. One queue for visitors without tickets, one for visitors with tickets/Museum Passes, one for Louvre members/supporters – and a priority queue for staff AND disabled visitors (so no waiting in line).
And as the queues at the Paris Louvre are infamously long, this is a major plus;
2. Free entry for wheelchair users and a companion. And as paid tickets at the Louvre are not cheap for most visitors to Paris, again, this is a major plus;
3. The Mona Lisa. The painting itself is a lot smaller than you might think. And, normally, visitors can’t get that close to it (it’s hanging on the opposite wall of a large room).
And the room that the Mona Lisa is located in in the Louvre is always crowded with visitors – just about everyone who comes to Paris and the Louvre wants to see the Mona Lisa (and as wheelchair users view the world from waist-height anyway, under normal circumstances all you would see is the back of a crowd of people).
But there is nothing normal about the wonderful way that wheelchair users are catered for in the Louvre.
When you reach the room that hosts the Mona Lisa, you will be ushered to a special viewing area – in front of the crowd. So you will be able to really enjoy Da Vinci’s masterpiece – rather than be stuck looking at peoples’ backsides.
Your Museum Map will also show you where the many accessible toilets are located too (but my advice is not to wait until the very last minute before seeking one out – those alternative routes can take a bit of time).
Getting to the Louvre museum by Public Transport
Getting to the Louvre museum is one of those rare times when the Paris Metro IS an option. But ONLY if you are arriving at Pyramides station on Line 14! Being recently built (relatively – the completely automatic Line 14 was only opened in 1998), all stations (and trains) on Line 14 are wheelchair accessible.
A number of Paris bus lines serve the Louvre (either stopping on Place du Carrousel or passing nearby on Rue de Rivoli). See the official RATP Bus Map for details.
All 4,500 buses in Paris have an automatic/retractable wheelchair ramp (controlled by the bus driver).
Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Paris?
G7 are one of the biggest taxi companies in France, and have over 200 wheelchair accessible taxis in Paris.
They have a dedicated telephone number for their “G7 Access” service: +33(0)1 47 39 00 91. Your hotel reception will be only too happy to call them from your hotel – or you can order a taxi on their website (at www.g7.fr), or via their free app.
My recommendation though:
The Louvre museum is just one stop on the DIY Paris Walking Tour route (which also includes the Arc de Triomphe, Place du Trocadéro, Palais de Chaillot, the Eiffel Tower, École Militaire, Les Invalides, Musée Rodin, Pont Alexandre III, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Jardin des Champs-Élysées, Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the Louvre Museum.
As this walk includes most of the “must see” Paris attractions, it’s rather a long walk (just over 8km – about 5 miles). So you may want to do it in two stages? Breaking your journey at the Musée Rodin would be my best recommendation (as there’s a wonderful outdoor café there – and the garden is so peaceful that you will find it hard to believe that you’re still actually in the centre of Paris).
Entrance - Access to the Louvre museum
The queues at the Louvre can be rather long at times. But there is some seriously good news for wheelchair-using visitors to the Paris Louvre:
The main entrance to the Louvre (at the Pyramid) has 4 different queues. One queue for visitors without tickets, one for visitors with tickets/Museum Passes, one for Louvre members/supporters:
And a priority queue for staff AND disabled visitors. So no waiting in line.
Free entry is also offered to wheelchair users and a companion. And as paid tickets at the Louvre are not cheap for most visitors to Paris, again, this is a major plus.
So a visit to the Louvre is a definite “must” for wheelchair-using visitors to Paris.
Louvre Museum Building Accessibility
First of all: Make sure to pick up a Museum Map from the Information Desk. This is really important – and will come in vitally useful at times.
In general, most areas of the Louvre are wheelchair accessible. Admittedly, there are steps all over the place: but there is almost always an alternative route which is indeed wheelchair accessible. And this is where your map is really important. It shows you where these alternative routes are. And as these alternative routes can sometimes be quite confusing to follow, using your map should stop you from getting lost.
Wheelchair Accessible Toilets at the Louvre museum
Again, this is where your map is vital. There are accessible toilets located in various locations in the Louvre. And these are indicated on the map. But more importantly perhaps, are the routes to follow to reach theses accessible toilets.
Wheelchair Accessible Cafes/Restaurants at the Louvre museum
There are a myriad of places to eat and drink in the Louvre (and also in the gardens – Jardin des Tuileries). Everything from a quick takeaway coffee – to a full-on meal at lunchtime. Your map will indicate ehere each can be found.
If this information has assisted you in planning your travels with your wheelchair, please consider making a donation to my Virtual Kiltwalk appeal for 2022 – in aid of FareShare. And thanks to an ADDITIONAL donation of 50% by Sir Tom Hunter, FareShare will actually receive 150% of the amount that you donate!
Paris Louvre News
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