Project Description

The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, France, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35’000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum, and received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012.

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress 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 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie 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 majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property. Because of structural problems with the building, the museum was closed in 1796 until 1801. The collection was increased under Napoleon and the museum 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 the museum gained 20,000 pieces. Holdings have grown steadily through donations and gifts since the Third Republic.

SCHEDULES

The museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm except Tuesdays (rooms closing at 5.30pm).

The museum is open at night until 9.45pm on Wednesdays and Fridays (rooms closing at 9.30pm).

From October to March: on the first Sunday of each month, access to the permanent collections is free for all.

From April to September: no free entrance the first Sunday of the month.

ENTRANCE FEES

Permanent collections ticket: 12 euros

Ticket valid for temporary exhibitions in the Napoléon Hall only. Free access for people under 18. Free entrance during the first Sunday of the month does not apply to exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon.

Combined ticket: 16 euros

The combined ticket gives access to the permanent collection and all special exhibitions at the Louvre and the Eugène Delacroix Museum. Free entrance during the first Sunday of the month does not apply to exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon.

GALLERY (A VERY BRIEF OVERLOOK OF THE MUSEUM)

REVIEW

Coming to Paris and not visiting the Louvre is a mistake you shall not make! The museum is huge and the collections will keep you occupied for hours, days, even weeks! Indeed, an unusual sentence found on the web states that to see the 35,000 works from the Louvre, according that you stay 2 minutes in front of each one, you would need not less than 147 days to see everything, based on a 8 hour-a-day schedule! A must-do during your visit to Paris which I highly recommend. The gallery above shows you a short overview of some of the works, but feel free to visit the official website of the Louvre before your visit to learn more about it.