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Paris – The Louvre & Tuileries

Kids walking along the Seine in Paris
  Walk from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre – Kids can race on the wide boulevards or stroll along the Seine, everything in the world is possible. This is a favorite walk in Paris. Start at Etoile (the Arc de Triomphe) and walk all the way down the Champs Elysees.
    At the Place de Concorde, stop to look at that nifty gold-tipped Egyptian obelisk. The 3,300 year old obelisk once stood in front of the temple at Luxor (part of a pair, the other obelisk is still in Luxor.)
    Continue on through the Jardin des Tuileries. Stop at the Louvre, or keep on going. Cross the Quai du Louvre, go down to the Seine and walk along the river until you reach Ile-de-la-Cite and Notre Dame.
  Climb up the Arc de Triomphe – Climb up to the top of this grand monument for a stunning view of Paris. It’s 284 steps, the French girl behind us counted as we wound up and up the stairs. From the top, the cars circling around Etoile look like bugs and there’s an especially good view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
      Tip: Arc de Triomphe is free with the Paris Pass.
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  Jardin des Tuileries – The Jardin des Tuileries is one of the oldest public gardens, open since the 17th century. A favorite spot for Parisian families for generations, stop for a ride on the historic carousel. On either side of the carousel are two playgrounds, one with little trampolines. Rent a toy sailboat – kids will have fun sailing their boats on the little pond. In summer, there are pony rides for little ones.
      Note: In our video, the huge ferris wheel and fun fair rides are no longer in the Tuileries.
      Tip: After visiting the Louvre with kids, just grab a sandwich or snack, go out to the Tuileries next door, where kids can run around.
  Orangerie Museum (Musee de l'Orangerie) – Also in the Tuileries, L'Orangerie is home to Claude Monet's exquisite Water Lilies paintings. L'Orangerie is one museum not to miss – two rooms of water lilies, it feels as if you're standing in Monet's garden at Giverny! In addition to Monet are also works by Renoir, Cezanne, and Picasso.
    Tip: Orangerie is free with the Paris Pass.
  The Louvre – There are several ways to tackle the Louvre museum. Read up in advance and find artworks that will interest your kids, or approach the Louvre like the darkest continent, where you will discover amazing things.
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    The Mona Lisa is located a beautiful new room in the museum, stop by so that your kids can see the real thing, but don't miss the Botticelli frescoes on the way, and other da Vinci paintings, Raphael, wacky Arcimboldo in the Grand Galerie, monumental paintings of Napoleon and Joan of Arc in the gallery near the Mona Lisa.
    Ancient Egypt collection is stellar, as well is should be – the first curator was Champollion, who deciphered the Rosetta Stone. Also excellent are the Assyrian and ancient Greek galleries.
    "Tips for visiting the Louvre" – Read our blog post for more info about layout of the museum, and what to see with kids.
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The Louvre has so many masterpieces, how make great art come alive for kids? On this 2+ hour family tour, kids will discover mythical heroes, Egyptian pharaohs, Greek beauties, French kings and queens in Louvre artworks.

Louvre Tour for Kids
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By-pass long ticket lines to the Louvre, book your timed entry in advance. Fast track entry is included in the Paris Pass:
    Paris Pass
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Who Stole Mona Lisa?
Ruthie Knapp, Jill McElmurry

Delightful story of the Mona Lisa painting, famous for her mysterious smile. Who was the young woman, why was this painting special to da Vinci, how did Mona Lisa end up in the Louvre, and what happened when she was stolen. (Picture book)


The Mona Lisa Caper
Rick Jacobson, Laura Fernandez

"Hanging on the wall year after year isn't as easy you might think." Totally captivating story of the Mona Lisa theft, told by the painting herself. She understands why Vincenzo Perugia thought the Mona Lisa should go back to Italy, and how he lifted the painting from the Louvre. Based on true events, this story is a gem, beautifully illustrated. (Picture book)


paris kids books The Mona Lisa Caper theft true story
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Open the small box and fold out a charming miniature 3D guide to the Louvre –12 different rooms, including the Hall of the Caryatids, Mono Lisa, Assyrian bulls, Apollo Gallery, Napoleon coronation painting, and fun facts about the artworks. (Mini book)


(More children's books on other Paris and France pages)
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