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Musée du Louvre

Paris | Fine Arts - Archeology - Decorative Arts
€15 - €17
9 17706 Votes
The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, which began as a fortress built in the 12th century under Philip II. The remains of the fortress are still visible. The building has been expanded many times to form the current Palais du Louvre.

In 1674, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles to live there, leaving the Louvre essentially as a place to present the royal collection. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the masterpieces of the country. The museum opened on August 10, 1793, with an exhibition of 537 paintings. The size of the collection grew under Napoleon when the museum was renamed Musée Napoléon. The collection was further increased during the reign of Louis XVIII and Charles X and during the Second Empire when the museum acquired 20 000 pieces.

Since 2008, the collection is divided between eight departments: Egyptian antiquity, antiquity of the Near East (Greek, Etruscan, Roman), Islamic antiquity, sculpture, decorative art, painting, drawing and printmaking.

The Louvre Museum contains more than 380,000 objects and exhibits 35,000 works of art in eight conservation departments, with more than 60,600 square meters dedicated to the permanent collection. The Louvre exhibits sculptures, works of art, paintings, drawings and archaeological discoveries. It is the most visited museum in the world.

Among these collections, you will be able to admire the Mona Lisa, the Venus of Milo, the Victory of Samothrace, the Apollo Gallery, the Rite of Napoleon ...

The Louvre Museum is next to the Jardin des Tuileries, created in 1564 by Catherine de Medici, and reorganized in 1664 by André Le Nôtre. The gardens of the Tuileries now house the Orangery Museum and the Jeu de Paume (photo exhibitions).

09:00 - 18:00

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Contact details

  • Name: Musée du Louvre
  • Address: 93 rue de rivoli - 75001 - Paris - France
  • Phone: (33) 01 40 20 53 17


Restaurant, Cafétéria, Boutique, Librairie


Exposition, Visite guidée, Atelier, Conférence, Concert, Spectacle, Projection

Getting there

  • By bus : lignes n°2, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95
  • By metro : lignes n°1, 7 (Palais Royal - musée du Louvre)
  • By bicycle : 2 place A. Malraux, 165 rue Saint-Honoré, 5 rue de l’Echelle, 186 rue Saint-Honoré
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