Louvre Museum, Paris

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Housed in a grand palace stretching along the Seine River, the Louvre is one of the largest and most important museums in the world, displaying over 300,000 objects.

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Louvre Museum
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Address
Rue de Rivoli
Paris, France
75001
Postcode
75001
Coordinates
48.860868° N, 2.336655° E
Website
www.louvre.fr
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Description of the Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is extremely large and impossible to see in its entirety in a single day. Visitors are advised to plan a visit based on their particular interests and spread their time over several days if possible. The color-coded maps provided by the museum are excellent for planning, showing the locations and highlights of each department and pointing out exactly where to find the most famous exhibits.

The layout of the historic Palais du Louvre and its multiple floors can make navigation confusing, but the museum is otherwise one of the most visitor-friendly in Europe. The exhibits are beautifully presented, well-labeled and well-lit; the allowance of photography (except in the Paintings department) contributes to the enjoyment of the exhibits and relaxed atmosphere. The departments and room numbers are clearly marked with signs.

The museum's galleries are clean and spacious, making a visit a generally relaxed experience despite the millions of annual visitors. An exception, of course, is the Mona Lisa, which attracts tightly-packed crowds and can be rather unpleasant. Only slightly smaller crowds congregate around the Venus de Milo and Virgin of the Rocks, but that leaves almost 35,000 objects left to enjoy in peace. The inevitable museum fatigue can be soothed by frequent use of benches, the cooling fountain around the Pyramid outside and two on-site cafés.

The collections of the Louvre are divided into eight departments plus the Medieval Louvre (a section of the 12th-century fortress) and Primitive Arts sections. These are spread over four floors in three wings: Denon (south); Sully (east); and Richelieu (north).

Timeline

1793

The royal collections housed in Paris are opened to the public as the Musée de la République, later to be known as the Louvre Museum.

1515
King Francis I begins royal art collection

King Francis I, a patron of the arts who invited Leonardo da Vinci to work in France, begins the royal art collection that will eventually become the Louvre Museum.

1989
I. M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid completed

Architect I. M. Pei completes of the Louvre Pyramid as part of his major renovation of the Louvre Museum and its courtyard.

July 21, 2008
October 30, 2012
September 21, 2004

Resources

  1. The Pocket Louvre: A Visitor's Guide to 500 Works
  2. Louvre: 400 Masterpieces
  3. The Louvre: All the Paintings
  4. The Louvre
  5. Jewels in the Louvre
  6. A Guide to the Louvre
  7. Louvre Museum Official Website
  8. Official Website of the Louvre Museum Official website.