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Louvre Paris The Pei pyramid marks the main entrance to the Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum paintings

The famous Louvre Museum in Paris, a beautiful former French royal palace, is 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 first class paintings from Italy, France, Flanders, the Netherlands.

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

Mona Lisa and Leonardo da Vinci
Masterpieces of Italian paintings department
Masterpieces of French paintings department
Masterpieces of Flemish paintings department
Masterpieces of Dutch paintings department

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Visit Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum 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.

From the main entrance, access the Carrousel du Louvre Shopping Mall, a nice complement to your visit.

The Tuileries Gardens close by are one of Paris beautiful parks. Another reason to book your hotel in this Paris district.

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 (location) is the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. To avoid the queue, enter through Carrousel du Louvre entrance (location), 99 rue de Rivoli or Porte des Lions, 14 Quai Francois Mitterrand.

Virtual tour of Louvre Museum
Printable Louvre Museum map PDF

Louvre Museum address

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

Louvre Museum tickets

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

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 extensions.

The Louvre Palace houses the Louvre Museum since 1793. President Mitterrand (picture) decided in 1981 the final extension of the Louvre Museum, including the construction of the famous Louvre Pyramid.

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

Seated Scribe - Egypt - Louvre
Seated Scribe - Egypt - Louvre

Louvre in Lens and Abu Dhabi

Seing the richness of its collections which it is unable to display fully, the Louvre Museum institution in Paris recently decided to open new Louvre Museums.

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

In December 2015, the Louvre Museum will open a spectacular extension in Abu Dhabi, a significant step towards its internationalization as a global institution.

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