The Louvre Pyramid and Louvre Palace

 © 2012 Musèe du Louvre / Olivier Ouadah 

20 February 2021  |  Tourism

The Louvre

Former palace of kings, the Louvre has embraced the history of France for eight centuries. Conceived since its creation in 1793 as a universal museum, its collections, which are among the most beautiful in the world, cover several millennia and a territory that extends from America to the borders of Asia. Divided into eight departments, they contain more than 38,000 universally admired works, such as the Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace or the Venus de Milo. With 7.4 million visitors in 2016, the Louvre is the most visited museum in the world.

Louvre Palace, a must during your stay in Paris

Louvre Palace

 © 2013 Pyramide du Louvre, arch. I. M . Pei, Musèe du Louvre / Olivier Ouadah 

Discover the former palace of the kings of France, which has become the largest museum in the world. Immerse yourself in nearly 10,000 years of art history presented by its collections. At the end of 2019, the Louvre held more than 500,000 works, of which more than 36,000 were on display. They present Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848, that of the ancient civilizations that preceded and influenced it (Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman), the arts of the first Christians and Islam.

The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world.

The key elements at the Louvre

  • The Grand Daru Staircase for Victory

  • Hall of the Venus de Milo (ideal of Greek beauty)

  • Cour Napoleon & Pyramid as a symbol

  • Hall of States (Mona Lisa at the Wedding at Cana)

  • Charles X Museum (excursion to the Egyptian Museum of Champollion)

  • Crypt of the Sphinx (the guardian of Egyptian art)

  • Grande galerie (Italian painting in perspective)

  • Galerie d'Apollon (sun, gold and diamonds)

  • Michelangelo Gallery (three centuries of Italian sculpture)

  • Napoleon III's apartments (splendours of the second empire)

  • Court Khorsabad (in the palace of Sargon II)

Where is the Louvre located?

Located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, on the right bank between the Seine and the rue de Rivoli, the museum is marked by the glass pyramid of its reception hall, erected in 1989 in the Napoleon courtyard and which has become emblematic of it. , while the equestrian statue of Louis XIV constitutes the starting point of the Parisian historical axis.

Opening hours

The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Tuesdays (rooms close from 5.30 p.m.) The museum is open at night until 9.45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays (rooms close from 9.30 p.m.).

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Temporary exhibitions

Naples in Paris - The Louvre invites the Capodimonte Museum from June 7, 2023 to January 8, 2024.

The exhibition at the heart of the collections

With sixty of the greatest masterpieces of the Neapolitan museum which will be exhibited in three different places in the Louvre. (Salon Carré, Grande Galerie and Rosa room). The will of the two museums is to see the insignia masterpieces of Naples mingle with those of the Louvre in an exceptional presentation: the meeting of the two collections will offer visitors a glimpse of Italian painting for six months. Average duration: 1 hour 30 minutes.

The gardens of the Louvre

A breath of fresh air in the heart of Paris with the Carrousel and Tuileries gardens which are an integral part of the Domaine du Louvre. Both historical places and walks, they change with the seasons and are a very popular setting for the whole family. The Tuileries garden, ideal for walkers The garden of André le Nôtre: the tuileries are the domain of André le Nôtre. The Grand Carré: the garden "à la française", the part closest to the palace was intended to be admired from the windows. Le Grand Couvert: After the flowerbeds, the trees of the Grand Couvert offer a shaded promenade. The Grand Couvert is crossed by the Grande Allée, a majestic axis visually extended by the Champs-Elysées, in the middle of the countryside.

The palace

Discover the former palace of the kings of France, the largest museum in the world and immerse yourself in nearly 10,000 years of art history presented by its collections. The palace is divided into three wings: Richelieu, Sully and Denon which we invite you to explore.

The collections and works of the museum

More than 480,000 works from the Louvre Museum and the Eugène-Delacroix National Museum. Completed daily and resulting from a continuous work of research and documentation. In the heart of the museum, you will find collections: paintings, drawings and engravings, sculptures, furniture, textiles, jewelery and ornaments, writing and inscriptions and objects.

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