What you Need to Know about a Louvre Tour for the Wheelchair-Bound

Louvre Guided Tour

Paris Tourist Attractions

A wheelchair accessible Musée du Louvre guided tour covering several exhibit floors lasts over two hours and involves taking elevators to access the galleries. The Louvre Museum provides manual wheelchairs and even folding seats at the information counter provided visitors give their passport or ID card to access the necessary equipment. You can afford to loan a wheelchair provided by the Louvre free of cost, if you do not own one yourself or if it is damaged.

The tour starts at Cour Napoleon the entrance of the Musée du Louvre, which often sees a long line of crowd waiting to get tickets for a coveted entrance to the Louvre. The tourists can afford to advance book tickets as well through an online portal to skip the line and avoid waiting time at the courtyard. A bilingual tour guide will assist the wheelchair-bound and give information about the masterpieces displayed in the galleries of the museum in Paris.

The highlights of the Louvre guided tour includes visits to galleries exhibiting Near Eastern antiquities, artworks from Ancient Rome and Greece, Renaissance Era Italian artworks comprising the ‘Mona Lisa’ painting by Leonardo da Vinci and the ‘Slaves’ sculpture by Michelangelo. The tour guide will make sure all participants in the tour get to access the elevators on priority basis starting from the courtyard of the palatial home of former French Kings.

The guided tour for the wheelchair-bound makes use of small and large elevators in order to help the disabled skip the staircases in the Louvre Museum. A private tour guide will assist the wheelchair-bound, something that will come in handy in galleries that sees the most crowds especially the one housing the Mona Lisa. The Louvre not only puts descriptions of a particular artwork, but also has digital displays that enable visitors to take a closer look at a work of art exhibited in the museum.

The architecture of the Louvre Palace, to have lasted through centuries, is an attraction in and of itself, something that will make you appreciate the museum on a broader level. Making the Musée du Louvre accessible to tourists with certain disabilities is a priority of the museum. However, the Tactile Gallery is the only exhibit floor in the Louvre, where touching sculptures are both encouraged and allowed for the visually impaired.