On the day I went to the Louvre Museum it rained. I had not planned it that way, that is, first checking the weather forecasts.
Generally, I think museums should be visited during inclement weather, especially in Paris. I can afford to reserve those rainy days for the museums, because I am in Paris for longer periods than the typical visitor.
However, and I am contradicting myself, I do not stay in a museum for much longer than two hours, maybe three. So, I am eventually outside in the rain, sleet, snow anyway that day.
Because I am in Paris for longer periods than is typical, I can afford to visit the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay or other popular museums for two to three hours; I can always return another day.
But, saying all that, I would still visit those museums for two to three hours anyway, even if I had only a few days in Paris. They are exhausting, and after a period of time, let’s say two to three hours, what I see later, if I stay longer, becomes a blur and the people begin to push more and the rooms begin to look more like mazes than exhibits.
As I mentioned, I went to the Louvre the other day and it rained. Before going to the Louvre or any other large museum, such as the Musée d’Orsay, I plan the visit. I look at the weather conditions, and hope for the worst. (Well, not really.) (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail. Cliquez sur une vignette pour l’agrandir.)
For example, my favorite rooms lately at the Louvre, the red rooms, are those that exhibit the large, very large paintings of Géricault, Delacroix, and David. Think big with Le Radeau de la Méduse or La Liberté guidant le peuple or Sacre de l’empereur Napoléon 1 et couronnement de l’impératrice Joséphine dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, le 2 décembre 1804.