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Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum ("Musée du Louvre"), isn't just the largest art museum in the world but it is a historic monument on its own. Give or take 38,000 objects dated from the prehistory right up to the 21st century are displayed in this mastodont of a cultural treasure trove that measures about 72,000 square meters. Apart from the Eiffel tower, the Louvre is pretty much the biggest must-see that Paris has to offer.

Originally the Louvre was set up as a castle which is still visible in the basement of the museum. But as the city grew the fortress eventually lost its defensive function and was converted into the main residence of the French Kings. It got modified many times before becoming the Louvre as we know it today. King Louis XIV decided he'd like to live in the Palace of Versailles instead which left the Louvre basically a museum for the royal collection. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation's masterpieces.

Much of the art at the Louvre has had a rocky past, being stolen from families and churches by kings and rulers. Napoleon being one of the big sources of the collection's expansion.

It is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st arrondissement

Opening times

DayTime
Monday10:00 - 20:30
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday10:00 - 18:00
Thursday10:00 - 18:00
Friday10:00 - 18:00
Saturday10:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 18:00

⚠️ While planning your trip to Paris, remember that many museums close on Mondays or Tuesdays. For example, Palace of Versailles, Musée d'Orsay, Musée Carnavalet and Musée Rodin are closed on Mondays. The Louvre, Musée de l'Orangerie, Pompidou Centre and others are closed on Tuesdays.

Entrance is free for under 18 all year round. Everyone under 26 enters free on Friday evenings. Be aware that on July 14th (Bastille day) entrance is free for everyone so expect the galleries to be very busy!

Ongoing Exhibitions

Exhibition: The MET at the Louvre. Dialogues of oriental antiquities

Until: September 28th, 2024 (132 days remaining.)

Description:
The Department of Oriental Antiquities welcomes ten major works from the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), currently closed for extensive renovation work. Together with the Met, the Louvre has designed an original dialogue between these two collections, which will take place in the permanent Oriental Antiquities galleries. Dating from between the end of the 4th millennium B.C. and the 5th century A.D., the works from the Met, exceptional guests, introduce remarkable correspondences with the Louvre's collections, either forming a pair reunited for the first time on this occasion, or complementing each other due to the specificities linked to the history of each of the two collections. From Central Asia to Syria, often passing through Iran and Mesopotamia, these dialogues between collections allow us to discover in a different way these multi-millennia-old works and the histories to which they bear witness.


 

Exhibition: Olympism

Until: September 16th, 2024 (120 days remaining.)

Description:
OLYMPISM


 

Exhibition: Revisiting Van Eyck. The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin

Until: June 17th, 2024 (29 days remaining.)

Description:
To share with the public the event represented by this historic restoration (the work had never been restored since it entered the Louvre in 1800), the museum decided to devote the first of the exhibitions - files to be held in the Salle de la Chapelle since 2014 to Jan Van Eyck's masterpiece: Chancellor Rolin at Prayer before the Virgin and Child, also known as The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin. The restoration, which has notably lightened the layers of oxidized varnish that were darkening the painting, offers a spectacular rediscovery of the painting.


 

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