Asked in ParisFamous ArtworksThe Mona Lisa
Where is 'Mona Lisa'?
November 28, 2009 5:27PM
== == Musée du Louvre in Paris, France. In fact, Mona Lisa is owned by the french government so she will probably never leave there again.
If you are going to be in Paris for several days and plan to
visit several museums, I recommend purchasing a Paris Museum Pass.
It gets you into almost all of Paris's major tourist attractions,
including The Louvre. Museum pass holders are permitted to bypass
the regular queue, which is quite long and often wraps around the
perimeter of the museum, and enter through a special side entrance
with little or no wait. (For more information about the Paris
Museum Pass, try searching Google with the search form on the
right.) Once inside the museum, many visitors are literally
overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of the building and most
Americans are taken aback by the amusement park sized crowds The
Louvre draws. There are countless signs posted all over the museum
with arrows pointing the way toward the Mona Lisa, which is located
in the Denon Wing. At times, the arrows can be somewhat confusing,
but my advice would be to follow the crowds. The closer you get to
the Mona Lisa, the thicker the crowds will be. When you get really
close, you will actually encounter a roped off queue area. When you
get to this point, I would recommend either hiding your camera or
putting it away. Taking pictures of the Mona Lisa is not officially
allowed, although you will see many people sneaking pictures anyway
and, truthfully, the security staff is so overwhelmed by the amount
of people taking pictures that it's virtually impossible for them
to stop diehard shutterbugs. As long as you're discreet or are
thick skinned enough to tolerate some scolding from security in the
event you are caught, you will be able to snap a picture or two,
even if it's not technically permitted. The major reason for not
allowing photographs is damage to paintings from flashes, so please
turn the flash off, and many rooms do allow photographs. You should
also be prepared to experience only a walk by view of the painting.
On extremely busy days, the museum staff steadily ushers onlookers
past the painting in order to keep the crowds moving at a fairly
steady pace. If you have always visualized yourself standing in
front of the Mona Lisa for hours while contemplating the meaning
behind her smile, I am sorry to have to be the one to disappoint
you, but pausing in front of her is often not permitted because it
interferes with crowd control.