Musee du Louvre

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Musee du Louvre HISTORY

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.

Musee du Louvre TOURIST INFORMATION

DIRECTIONS TO Musee du Louvre

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.

LOCAL AMENITIES

The Louvre has a selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.

Musee du Louvre OPENING TIMES AND TICKET PRICES

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.

Musee du Louvre HISTORIC INFORMATION

NAME: Musee du Louvre
CONTINENT: EUROPE
Alt Name: The Louvre
Country: France
Period: Various
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Date: Various
City/Town: Paris
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Resorts: Paris,

CONTACT DETAILS

Musee du Louvre ADDRESS

The Louvre, Place du Carrousel, 75001 Paris, France

Musee du Louvre PHONE NUMBER

+33 (0)1 40 20 57 60

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France Lacoursiere 17 Mar, 2014

The Louvre is huge! Make sure you get a map of the galleries and plan your must-see, nice-to-have and extras-if-time-allow if you don't want to miss anything you want to see or run around like a rabbit. The ceilings themselves are not to be missed. I remember looking up most of the time on my first visit. If you like Egyptian antiquities, know that there are 12 galleries to explore or at least when I visited. Napoleon really loot the place out of passion. If you are really into museums, a Paris Museum Pass is offered which allow entrance to 60 museums (permanent collection only) in and around Paris. 2-day pass: €42 / 4-day pass: €56 / 6-day pass: €69