Louvre Museum

Musée du Louvre

Palais Royal , Paris, 75001
Admission: EUR 12
Wheelchair Access
Late Opening
Good for Kids
Recommended
Has Temporary Exhibitions
Has Permanent Collection
 

Opening Times

Monday: 0900 - 1800
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 0900 - 2145
Thursday: 0900 - 1800
Friday: 0900 - 2145
Saturday: 0900 - 1800
Sunday: 0900 - 1800
Closed 1st May, 25th December, 1st January.
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The Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums, and a historic monument. Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 19th century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. With more than 8 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world's most visited museum.

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace which began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture and remained at the Louvre for 100 years.

During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum, to display the nation's masterpieces. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings. The size of the collection increased under Napoleon and the museum was renamed the Musée Napoléon. After the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, many works seized by his armies were returned to their original owners. The collection was further increased during the reigns of Louis XVIII and Charles X, and during the Second French Empire

Today the collection is divided among eight curatorial departments:

  • Egyptian Antiquities : the department, comprising over 50,000 pieces, includes artifacts from the Nile civilizations which date from 4,000 BC to the 4th century. The collection, among the world's largest, overviews Egyptian life spanning Ancient Egypt, the Middle Kingdom, the New Kingdom, Coptic art, and the Roman, Ptolemaic, and Byzantine periods.

  • Near Eastern Antiquities : the second newest department, dates from 1881 and presents an overview of early Near Eastern civilization and "first settlements", before the arrival of Islam. The department is divided into three geographic areas: the Levant, Mesopotamia (Syria, Iraq), and Persia (Iran).

  • Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities : the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman department displays pieces from the Mediterranean Basin dating from the Neolithic to the 6th century. The collection spans from the Cycladic period to the decline of the Roman Empire. This department is one of the museum's oldest.

  • Islamic Art : The Islamic art collection, the museum's newest, spans "thirteen centuries and three continents". These exhibits include more than 5,000 works and 1,000 shards. Originally part of the decorative arts department, the holdings became separate in 2003.

  • Sculpture : the department comprises work created before 1850 that does not belong in the Etruscan, Greek, and Roman department.

  • Decorative Arts : the collection spans the time from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century. The medieval collection contains the coronation crown of Louis XIV, Charles V's sceptre, and the 12th century porphyry vase. The Renaissance art holdings include Giambologna's bronze Nessus and Deianira and the tapestry Maximillian's Hunt. From later periods, highlights include Madame de Pompadour's Sèvres vase collection and Napoleon III's apartments.

  • Paintings : The painting collection has more than 7,500 works from the 13th century to 1848. Nearly two-thirds are by French artists, and more than 1,200 are Northern European. The Italian paintings compose most of the remnants of Francis I and Louis XIV's collections, others are unreturned artwork from the Napoleon era, and some were bought.

  • Prints and Drawings : The department encompasses works on paper. The origins of the collection were the 8,600 works in the Royal Collection, which were increased via state appropriation, and donations. Due to the fragility of the paper medium, only a portion are displayed at one time.

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Past exhibitions at Louvre Museum - now closed:
A Brief History of the Future 24th Sep 2015 - 4th Jan 2016
American Encounters The Simple Pleasures of Still Life 4th Feb 2015 - 27th Apr 2015
Claude Lévêque 2nd Apr 2014 - 4th Jan 2016
Game of Thrones 8th Sep 2015 - 12th Sep 2015
Jean Cousin, Father and Son 17th Oct 2013 - 13th Jan 2014
Loris Gréaud : I 19th Jun 2013 - 20th Jan 2014
Mark Lewis Invention at the Louvre 9th Oct 2014 - 31st Aug 2015
Medieval Morocco An Empire from Africa to Spain 17th Oct 2014 - 19th Jan 2015
Rhodes A Greek Island and Gateway to the East 14th Nov 2014 - 10th Feb 2015
The Origins of Engravings in Northern Europe (1400-1470) 17th Oct 2013 - 13th Jan 2014
The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460 26th Sep 2013 - 6th Jan 2014
The Winged Victory of Samothrace Rediscovering a Masterpiece 5th Mar 2015 - 9th Nov 2015
Travels Philippe Dijan 27th Nov 2014 - 23rd Feb 2015
Winged Victory of Samothrace : rediscovering a masterpiece 5th Mar 2015 - 15th Jun 2015