I am a great believer in taking my children almost anywhere. We took a 15-month-old camping. We took a 2-year-old to tour Brazil. We take our children to restaurants.
And we have just taken 3 children (aged 2 to 8) to The Louvre in Paris.
1. Take the kids. Whatever the age, there will be something of interest.
2. Plan. This is the key. Plan what you want to see. The Louvre is huge. It contains more than 380,000 pieces of art. You cannot see it all. Have a look at the website beforehand and select your favourites.
3. Don't spend much more than 2 hours there. We found that after two hours, our kids were tired and lost interest. The Louvre is huge and walking from one place to another will also take time and tire little legs.
4. You can borrow a pushchair. Just ask when entering. All you need is a proof of ID.
5. Or take a baby carrier. This is what we did and it was easier to go up and down stairs (as it is an old building and there are lots).
6. Our favourite section is the Egyptian one. There is lots to see: sarcophagi, mummies (humans and animals), jewellery, huge statues, hieroglyphs, etc. There is bound to be something to interest every member of the family.
7. Listen to the kids and follow their lead. My toddler made very funny comments while we walked around about things he saw. He kept saying that the Egyptian statues were broken (he was right). He approached the labels and said: "here it is written that the head is broken" after seeing me read the labels to the 6-year-old.
The Mona Lisa: the other view. Nobody ever really looks at it anymore. You have to stand so far away from it (and it is tiny in real life). And people push and pull just to try and take a selfie in front of it. Not my kind of fun. 📸 (Can you see everyone looking right when the painting is on the left of this image? Selfie-mania at its worse.)
8. Forget what everyone wants to see. If you got at peak time, forget the Mona Lisa. This is just my personal opinion. A room packed with people pushing to take a selfie next to it is not most kids' idea of fun. You also end up having to stand so far away from it, you cannot really look at it properly in my opinion. There are so many other beautiful paintings in there.
9. The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays!
10. There are a couple of itineraries specifically designed for kids on the Louvre website. Use them. Current themes are Islam art, Egypt, Kings.