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Louvre reservation and Museum pass

I’m hoping to visit the Louvre on a Monday in early March. The plan was to buy a museum pass on Sunday when we arrive in Paris. But will that be soon enough to book an online time for the Louvre the next day?

It appears reserving the Louvre slot requires providing the Paris museum pass document number.

Is buying it one day before going to work or ought I buy it online ? Is there a mobile version or do I really have to travel to the Paris Tourist office on Sunday to pick it up? (I imagine that office may be closed on a Sunday)

Thanks for any advice.

Posted by
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I'm struggling with a similar question.

Four of us are traveling to Paris in mid April and want to pre-book the Louvre, which is mandatory if you use the Paris Museum Pass for entry. We could purchase the PMP now and have it delivered to our home(s) but the website is unclear about whether it's 24Euro PER pass or just 24Euro if all are delivered together. Our hotel is near the Tourism office and we'd be fine walking over and picking up the passes, but that only works if we receive the pass numbers at the time of purchase in order to pre-book the Louvre, but again the website doesn't indicate whether we have to wait until we pick up the passes to see what their numbers are. The website has FAQs but they don't help, and contacting the Tourism bureau requires a transaction number.

So the question is: if I buy a PMP and opt for pickup at the Tourism office, when will I get the pass numbers?

Posted by
8025 posts

Several people have reported on line receiving the reservation by just putting in their phone number or a set of other random numbers. This is kind of common with reservation e.g. when they ask for a phone number, they don't really use it as a phone number and you just have to conform to the format. You might try that first. Reserve with PMP; use your own number; see if you are sent the reservation. If so then you are good to go. The number is not sent ahead if you buy on line; you get it when you pick up the pass. buying the pass ahead just involves more hassle and expense usually.

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Jane, I'm sorry, I don't understand what you're saying, except that you think it's less hassle to wait until arrival to purchase passes. The issue with that is that the two people traveling with my husband and me have never been to Paris and are stressed about waiting to book entry to the Louvre. Buying the passes in advance is what we've decided to do and the only question is whether we will get document numbers that allow us to book entry to the Louvre before we have physical possession of the passes.

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8025 posts

What I am saying is that others have reported that the number doesnt matter, it can just be faked. I don't believe they send you the number with the receipt. But let us know if they do.

Posted by
5697 posts

Would there be enough value excluding the Louvre for you to buy the Paris Museum Pass ?? You could reserve a Louvre date and time online (€17) and buy the Pass for the rest of your sightseeing when you arrive.

Posted by
32 posts

Yes I think too the trick is to enter a random number, as it only is on the day of the visit that someone will check the ticket.

Posted by
8025 posts

I have read of people doing this but have not done it myself so don't know for sure. If you search this forum and trip advisor you will find a couple of people reporting success with this.

Posted by
8 posts

My husband works in a US art museum so we definitely plan to go to many museums. We will need the pass so I’d rather not also pay another 34 euros for the Louvre.

Posted by
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Barbara, thank you. For anyone reading this later, the pertinent info:
"Paris Museum Pass folks say you can't get the number needed for the Louvre reservation until you pick up the pass, which number is on the pass. I booked a time anyway with a number on the confirmation. So if for some reason all times I want disappear between now and then, I'll do my best to explain if they challenge my reservation."

Can anyone tell me whether the 24Euro shipping charge for the pass is per pass or per address?

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I had the same concern for our Paris visit in early April. We opted to have the Paris Pass shipped so we had the correct number on our Louvre reservation. It was one shipping cost for both passes. As long as all the passes are going to the same address it is one shipping charge. For us it was worth the peace of mind. Once you have the passes you can make your reservation for one or multiple times.

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I'd suggest that art junkies planning long stays in Paris with multiple trips to the Louvre check the cost of a membership. I have a feeling that for some visitors, it would be cheaper to buy the Louvre membership and a shorter-duration Museum Pass than rely on a Museum Pass and pay museum-entry fees after the pass runs out. Avoiding the 24-euro shipping charge for the Museum Pass would further tip the balance.

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13889 posts

"We opted to have the Paris Pass shipped"

Just to clarify, please note that the Paris Pass and the Paris Museum Pass are different things. The Paris Pass is usually not thought to be a good use of money whereas the Paris Museum Pass usually is...especially if you are planning to see many museums.

Redsoxmom, since you are interested in museums, if that interest includes Monet I hope you'll include the Marmottan Museum. It's not covered by the Paris Museum Pass but it is well worth the expenditure.

https://www.marmottan.fr/en/

One way you can check to see how Louvre time slots are filling is to go to the actual ticket purchase website. It looks like tickets are available for all time slots for tomorrow - just to see how things are booking. Looking at Monday March 2 (be sure to note the calendar runs from Monday to Sunday not Sunday to Saturday) it also looks wide open with all time slots showing available.

https://www.ticketlouvre.fr/louvre/b2c/index.cfm/calendar/eventCode/MusWeb

I may use acraven's suggestion next visit to Paris. I get into overload if I spend more than 2-3 hours in the Louvre and did better in the "olden days" when you could use the Museum Pass for multiple visits. I pushed thru with a 5 hour visit last Oct including the DaVinci exhibition and it was almost too much for my brain, lol. It was my last day so I did not need to function the next day except get myself to the airport, haha.