The Louvre is one of the most popular tourist spots in Paris. The Louvre is one of the best, one of the largest and most visited museums in the world. The complex of buildings in which the museum is located was formerly the palace of kings of France. In 1793 there was opened the world's first public museum. It was here, in the Louvre, stores such famous exhibits as “Mona Lisa” (La Gioconda) by Leonardo da Vinci and the “Venus de Milo” (Aphrodite from the island of Milos). The Louvre is the world's most visited museum, and received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012.
Collection of the Louvre Museum
Collection of the Louvre museum contains about 380,000 items. In the exhibition halls with a total area about 60,000 square meters are exposed about 35,000 exhibits. It's impossible to see all the exhibits. Before visiting the museum need to decide, what is interesting you most of all.
The museum's collection is divided into several sections:
- Near Eastern Antiquities. Works of art, created in the territory of the ancient Near East and Mesopotamia.
- Egyptian Antiquities. Works of art created by ancient civilizations lived on the banks of the Nile and the territory of modern Egypt.
- Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities. The Greek, Etruscan, and Roman department displays pieces from the Mediterranean Basin dating from the Neolithic to the 6th century.
- Islamic Art. - Items made in Muslim countries. It is the museum's newest collection, spans “thirteen centuries and three continents”.
- Sculpture. European sculpture from the early Middle Ages until the mid of XIX century. The famous “Venus de Milo” sculpture is located in the Sully wing of the first floor.
- Decorative Arts. Interior, jewelry, furniture from the Middle Ages until the 19th century.
- Painting (Fine Art). The museum has a large collection of paintings by famous artists.
- Graphic Art (Prints and Drawings). Drawings, prints and books.
All visitors want to see the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci. This picture can be found in the Denon wing, in the department of Italian painting on the first floor.
Location and transport
The museum is located in the heart of Paris, on the right bank of the river Seine, in the 1st district of the French capital. “Louvre” Palace (which houses the museum) is a complex of several buildings. On the “court of Napoleon” is located a famous “Louvre glass pyramid”, which is the main entrance to the museum. There are also other entrances to the museum.
- Entrance for visitors with pre-purchased tickets is through the Louvre pyramid.
- For users without a pre-purchased tickets entrance through the “Louvre pyramid”, “Louvre pyramid”, “Lion's Gate” (Porte des Lions) and an underground shopping center “Carousel Gallery” (Carrousel du Louvre).
- For “Louvre member” card holders, members of “Société des Amis du Louvre” and “American Friends of the Louvre” entrance through the Passage Richelieu.
Buy a tickets online to avoid long waiting lines.
Feedback from visitors: entry queue at “Lion Gate” and through the underground shopping center “Carrousel du Louvre” is usually smaller than on the main entrance.
The nearest subway station: Palais-Royal - Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7).
Nearest RER stations are located approximately 800 meters from the museum. RER
“Châtelet - Les Halles” station and “Musée d'Orsay” station on the left bank of the Seine river.
It is useful to know
It is permitted to take photo and video camera in the halls of the permanent exhibitions. The use of flashes and other lighting devices is prohibited.
In the halls of temporary exhibitions photo and video are prohibited.
In the halls of the museum is forbidden to use mobile phones, smoke, drink, eat, talk loudly, and run to touch the exhibits.
At the main entrance to the museum (under the pyramid) and at the “Lion's Gate” there are an information centers, where you can get free museum scheme and other information.
The museum is open daily, except Tuesdays and some holidays.
Opening hours from 9.00 to 21.45 on Wednesday and Friday, from 9:00 am to 18.00 on other days.
- Tickets prices starts from 11 € (2012).
- Free admission for children under 18.
- Free admission for all visitors on the first Sunday of the month.
Guided tours in Paris (and skip the line tickets).
Postal address: Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris Cedex 01, Paris, France.
In the photo: the Louvre Palace and the Louvre glass pyramid.
Louvre glass pyramid
Louvre glass pyramid is known, recognizable landmark of Paris. Pyramid is located in the Napoleon courtyard, next to the Place du Carrousel, near the Tuileries Garden. Pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre museum and is one of the symbols of Paris. The pyramid was built in the period from 1985 to 1989. Nearby are three smaller pyramids (for lighting the underground level). The underground shopping mall is also located the inverted pyramid (La Pyramide Inversée).
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