Secret Entrance into the Louvre Museum
The lines to get into the Louvre can ruin the Museum experience, that is why the Porte des Lions is so helpful.
The main entrance into the Louvre is located at the giant glass pyramid, however there are several other ways to enter.
The best entrance into the Louvre is the Porte des Lions entrance. From this entrance you can buy your tickets, enter into the museum and have the shortest route to the Italian Renaissance painting section. This door always has the shortest line too.
Especially if it is your first time, the best way to see the Louvre is with a tour from Babylon Tours. These are good friends of mine who run a excellently personalized tour.
To get there:
The Porte des Lions is in the SouthWestern wing of the Louvre just before the Jardin des Tuileries.
If you’re at the Louvre with your back to the Pyramid and facing the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (the little Arc de Triomphe) walk across the street, under the Arch and then turn to your left. Go to the across the grass and follow the Louvre wall almost to the far end of the louvre. Look for the arched doorway with the lioness statues flanking it.
BE CAREFUL – if you’re going to the late night Louvre (open until 10pm on Wednesday and Friday nights) the Porte de Lion is closed on Friday and closes at 5:15pm on Wednesdays.