The Louvre is the world's largest museum. Located in Paris, it has 403 rooms, exhibiting treasures spanning the world and 5000 years. Mona Lisa is the museum's most famous painting, but they are many masterpieces of the same quality and less visitors around them. Select a few departments and enjoy the Louvre. Don't try to visit all rooms. The Louvre was originally the palace of the Kings of France and played a key role throughout the history of the country. Top Paris museums.
The Louvre Museum on the right bank of the Seine river is both a beautiful French royal palace and the world's most visited museum with 10.2 million visitors in 2018. 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).
French artists are extremely well represented up to and excluding the impressionists exposed at Musée d'Orsay. Delacroix is best known for the Liberty guiding the people. Flemish paintings by Rubens, Brueghel and Van Dick were mostly bought by the Kings and Queens. Rembrandt, Vermeer and De Hooch are famous XVIIth century Dutch painters well represented in the Louvre Museum.
The Louvre Museum also displays world class collections of, in particular, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Islamic Arts.
The Louvre is extremely large. A Louvre guided tour is therefore practical to get quickly to the museum's 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 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.
The Louvre 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. Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time.
Full-day Louvre Museum entrance fee: 15 euros. From October to March: access is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month.
Buy Museum tickets (17 euros online price).
The famous glass pyramid (Paris map) designed by architect I.M. Pei is the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. To avoid the long pyramid queue, enter through Carrousel du Louvre entrance (Paris map), 99 rue de Rivoli.
Located 300 m from the Louvre Museum and 500 m from Les Halles Shopping Mall, L'Empire offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and free WiFi. The wellness area offers a hammam, sauna and treatment rooms. The Cafe serves a buffet breakfast and a variety of French cuisine for lunch and dinner. Best hotels near Louvre Museum.
In the late 12th century, King Philippe Auguste decided to build the Louvre fortress at a weak point along the river banks of the city walls protecting Paris. A dense urban district gradually grew up around it, taking away its defensive interest. King Charles V endorsed the development of the Louvre from fortress to residence. He commissioned his architect Raymond du Temple with converting the fortress into an up-to-date dwelling (1360-1380). The medieval Louvre was largely lost during the modernization of the chateau during the Renaissance, and it was gradually razed to the ground between 1528 and 1660. After Sun King chose Versailles as his residence in 1682, constructions slowed.
The palace houses the Louvre Museum since 1793. President Francois Mitterrand 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).
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, to revitalize a former coal mine area in northern France, the Louvre opened the Louvre Lens, an interesting and easy museum on your way from the UK or the Benelux to Paris. Louvre Lens is the second museum opened by the Louvre and one of the top museums of arts in France. Locate Lens on France map.
One of the most anticipated projects in the Persian Gulf, Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, opened on November 11th 2017.
Dedicated to exhibiting artwork that explores inter-cultural exchanges and human history from a non-Western perspective, the Louvre Abu Dhabi features a permanent collection. It will also host four temporary exhibitions annually. Web site.
The Ecole du Louvre is a higher education establishment providing courses in French in archeology, epigraphy, art history, the history of civilizations and museology. The school is located in Pavillon de Flore within the Louvre.
Founded in 1882, it offers 3 cycles of studies (3 years of undergraduate studies, 2 years of graduate studies and 3 years of post-graduate studies) and a preparatory class for the conservateur du patrimoine competitive exam.
In parallel to these programs, the school allows auditors to attend certain courses. It offers other courses open to a broad public: evening courses, summer courses, courses taught in the regions, the city of Paris courses. All courses are in French. All courses are available as ongoing training.
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