Recently I had the privilege of taking a group of my students to the Louvre. It was a fantastic trip, and the kids will remember it for the rest of their lives. I did learn a lot in this venture that I think will be helpful to others who want to take their students to experience the Louvre.
First, plan ahead. Take the time to determine what you want to see. If you spent thirty seconds on every piece on display, it would take you three months to see everything. If you spent thirty seconds on every exhibit that the Louvre houses, it would take you nine months to see everything. So accept that you will not see everything. However, if you plan out what exhibits you want to see, there is no reason why you can’t see everything that you want to. Do your research. While the top things to see list is pretty significant, but there are many exhibits that might strike the fancy of you or one of your students. So make a list first.
Next, map out what you want to see. While the main entrance is usually crowded, there are other entrances that can be used to cut down on wait time. Getting a map and knowing where to go first will help.
I always suggest two adults. One to lead, and one to sweep. While we kind navigated as we went, it would have been easy to do a little more pre-mapping than we did. That would have expedited the visit. Just make the most of your visit by planning ahead.