Musee du Louvre, also known as, the Grand Louvre or just The Louvre, is one of the world’s foremost art museums, exhibiting over 35,000 works from around the globe and throughout history.
The Louvre’s eight departments cover an extensive array of historical periods and artistic genres, each represented through the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. Amongst these exhibits, The Louvre holds Near Eastern and Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities, Islamic art, sculptures and paintings as well as decorative arts, prints and drawings.
Some of the most famous pieces held by The Louvre include the Jewels of Rameses II and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Set over 60,000 square meters, Musee du Louvre can be fairly daunting, but guided tours and audio tours are available in English and French lasting ninety minutes. Tours can be historically themed.
The building in which Musee du Louvre is housed has a fascinating history of its own, having started life as a fortress built by Philippe Auguste to protect Paris from the Anglo-Normans. It later became a royal palace of Louis XIV. The Louvre opened as a museum in 1793. The history and archaeology of The Louvre is explored on the lower ground floor of the museum in room 3.
Located in the First Arrondissement on the Right Bank of the River Seine. The main entrance is by the Pyramid. If you have bought tickets in advance, you can enter at the Passage Richelieu entrance (next to Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station, lines M1, M7). Buses 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus stop at the Pyramid bus stop.
The Louvre has a selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.
Open daily except Tuesdays, 9am-6pm (rooms begin closing at 5:30pm). Open to 10pm Wednesdays and Fridays (rooms begin closing at 9:30pm). Closed 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. Entry costs €10 (inc Musée Eugène Delacroix). From 6pm to 9:45pm, entry costs €6. Entry is free on the 1st Sunday of every month. To avoid queues, you can buy advance tickets online.
The Louvre, Place du Carrousel, 75001 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 40 20 57 60
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