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You can spend days walking through the Louvre Museum's 403 rooms, exhibiting spectacular treasures spanning the world and 5 000 years. Mona Lisa is the museum's most famous painting. Select a few departments and enjoy the Louvre.

Famous works in the Louvre

The Louvre Museum on the banks of the river in Paris is both a beautiful French royal palace and the world's most visited museum with 8.7 million visitors in 2015. The Louvre Museum is also the world's largest museum. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet).

The Louvre Museum displays the Mona Lisa, probably the most famous painting in the world, and many famous works notably from Italy, France, Flanders and the Netherlands.

Mona Lisa
Italian renaissance paintings
French artists
Flemish paintings
Dutch painters

The Louvre Museum also displays world class collections of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Islamic Arts.

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Mona Lisa is in Louvre Museum
Mona Lisa is in the Louvre

Louvre map and visit

The Louvre is extremely large. A Louvre guided tour is therefore practical to get quickly to the museum top masterpieces. If you want to visit the Museum on your own, use the Louvre interactive map to prepare your visit.

Virtual tour of Louvre Museum
Printable Louvre map PDF

From the main entrance through the pyramid, access the Carrousel du Louvre Paris Shopping Mall, a complement to your visit. The Tuileries Gardens close by are one of Paris best parks. A reason to book a hotel near Louvre Museum.

Louvre Museum hours

The Louvre Museum is open 9am to 6pm all days except Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st, November 11th, December 25th. It is open until 9.45pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The famous glass pyramid (Paris map) designed by architect I.M. Pei is the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.

To avoid the queue, enter through Carrousel du Louvre entrance (Paris map), 99 rue de Rivoli or Porte des Lions, 14 Quai Francois Mitterrand (Paris map).

Louvre Museum address

Musee du Louvre
75058 Paris Cedex 01
Locate Louvre Museum on Paris map
Paris metro: station Palais Royal on line 1
Museum web site

Louvre Museum tickets

Full-day Louvre Museum entrance fee: 15 euros.
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History of the Louvre

The first Louvre (picture) has been commissioned by King Philippe Auguste (picture) in 1190 as a fortress (picture). Since 1190, many French Kings, Emperors and Presidents have added their architecturally interesting extensions.

The royal palace houses the Louvre Museum since 1793. President Mitterrand (picture) decided in 1981 the final and spectacular extension of the museum, including the construction of the glass pyramid marking the entrance.

See the Louvre in 1500 (Saint Germain des Pres Abbey and Seine River in foreground, Montmartre hill in background).

Seated Scribe - Egypt - Louvre
Seated Scribe - Egypt

The Louvre in Lens and Abu Dhabi

Seing the richness of its collections which it is unable to display fully, the Louvre institution in Paris recently decided to open museums in other cities and countries.

In 2012, the Louvre opened the Louvre Lens, in north of France, an interesting and easy museum on your way from the UK or the Benelux to Paris. Locate Lens on France map.

In late 2016, the museum will open a spectacular extension on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, a significant step towards its internationalization as a global institution on the model of Guggenheim museums.

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