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Musée Du Louvre

The Louvre: A Rich Past, An Ambitious Future

"Open to all since 1793": From the outset, the Louvre has embodied the concept of a truly "universal" institution. Universal in the scope of its collections, it is also universal in its appeal to some 6 million visitors every year: a 21st-century museum rooted in 200 years of innovation.

The Mission of a Great Museum

The principle responsibility of the Louvre is to conserve, protect, restore, and develop France's national art treasures, from the early royal collections to the most recent acquisitions. In carrying out this task, the museum’s scientific and academic staff displays steadfast commitment and universally recognized professionalism.

The priceless artworks housed in the Louvre are held for the benefit of present and future generations. Hence the vital importance of the museum's mission to make these works available to the greatest number of people possible, from France and all over the world. To do this, it is our job to ensure that every visitor enjoys the best facilities possible. But it is also essential to promote cultural access: to do as much as we can to help each visitor to approach, understand, and enjoy the works they have come to see. With this in mind, we are committed to extend the range of information available at the Louvre in languages other than French, to further develop the museum's wide range of educational resources and activities, and to make our buildings and collections more easily accessible—in every sense—to people with disabilities and to new audiences.

A National and International Presence
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 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

The Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art drawn from eight departments, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections.
The Department of Near Eastern Antiquities is devoted to the ancient civilizations of the Near East and encompasses a period that extends from the first settlements, which appeared more than ten thousand years ago, to the advent of Islam.
The Department of Egyptian Antiquities presents vestiges from the civilizations that developed in the Nile Valley from the late prehistoric era (c. 4000 BC) to the Christian period (4th century AD).
The department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman civilizations illustrates the art of a vast area that encompasses Greece, Italy, and the whole of the Mediterranean basin, spanning a period that stretches from Neolithic times (4th millennium BC) to the 6th century AD.
The Department of Islamic Art displays over a thousand works, most of which were intended for the court or a wealthy elite. They span thirteen hundred years of history and three continents, reflecting the creativity and diversity of inspiration in Islamic countries.
The rooms devoted to "modern" sculpture, opened in 1824, gradually became the Department of Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Sculpture. Separate collections were founded in 1848 for antiquities and in 1893 for objets d'art.
The Department of Decorative Arts presents a highly varied range of objects, including jewelry, tapestries, ivories, bronzes, ceramics, and furniture. The collection extends from the Middle Ages to the first half of the 19th century.
The Department of Paintings reflects the encyclopedic scope of the Louvre, encomp...+ [ Read all ]


Each season, the Louvre features a series of temporary exhibitions, each the result of the latest expert research. Some of these shows are more suitable for the general public, but in their conception they act as echoes, versions and counterpoints to the museum's collections.

Please see for current and forthcoming exhibition details.

Previous Exhibitions

Prints and Drawings
from 10-20-2006 to 01-08-2007

Rembrandt the Draftsman
Collections’ Masterpieces in France

Thematic exhibitions
from 10-18-2006 to 01-15-2007

Candida Höfer
Following exhibitions of works by contemporary photographers Patrick Faigenbaum (2004) and Jean-Luc Moulène (2005), and simultaneously with Paris’ Month of Photography, the Louvre welcomes Candida Höfer, an important German artist on the international art and photography scene.

Thematic exhibitions
from 10-13-2006 to 01-15-2007

"Corps étrangers"
Following on the Toni Morrison program in the Auditorium, under the auspices of the Louvre’s new honored guest initiative, a two-part exhibition, “Corps étrangers,” will explore dialogues between physical performance and visual language.

Prints and Drawings
from 10-04-2006 to 01-15-2007

Seicento Engravings
From the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Collection

Islamic Art
from 07-06-2006 to 09-04-2006

Treasury of the World
Jeweled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals
An exceptional collection of jewels and decorative objects reflecting a vivid sense of beauty. Rare objects testifying to the extreme refinement and opulence that dazzled visitors to the sovereign courts of India in the days of the Mughal Empire.


Tickets for the Permanent Collections

This ticket provides full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon. It is also valid for the Musée Eugène Delacroix.

(from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.)
This ticket provides access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon, on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Tickets for Exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon

This ticket is valid for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon.
Combined Ticket

The combined ticket provides access to the permanent collections, as well as all temporary exhibitions in both the Louvre and the Musée Eugène Delacroix.

(from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.)
The evening combined ticket provides access to the permanent collections, as well as all temporary exhibitions in the Louvre on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Opening hours

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Tuesday and the following holidays: January 1st, May 1st, August 15th and December 25th, 2006.
It is open until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday evening.
Admission to the Louvre is free on the first Sunday of every month.

Due to renovation works, the rooms of Greek Classical and Hellenistic period are closed. (Sully Wing, ground floor, rooms 7-16).

The Pyramid and Carrousel arcade entrances are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., except Tuesday.
The Passage Richelieu is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
The Porte des Lions entrance is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Tuesday and Friday.

The Hall Napoléon is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., except Tuesday.
The permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (and until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday).

Getting there

Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre station.

The following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus.

An underground parking garage is available for those coming by car. The entrance is located on avenue du Général Lemonnier. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Get off at the Louvre stop, quai François Mitterrand.

From Orly Airport
Take the RER C train, direction Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel, and get off at Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame. Walk to the place Saint-Michel and take bus no. 27, direction Saint-Lazare. Get off at the Louvre, in front of the Pyramid.

From Charles de Gaulle Airport
Take the RER B train, direction Massy-Palaiseau, and change at Châtelet-les-Halles to line 14, direction Saint-Lazare. Get off at Pyramides station and walk to the Louvre from there (3 minutes). Alternatively, take Métro line 1 at Châtelet-les-Halles, and get off at Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre.


The Louvre is committed to making its collections and services accessible to the widest possible public. This commitment to accessibility was recognized in 2002 when the museum was awarded a "Tourisme et Handicap" label.
A number of special arrangements have been put in place to welcome disabled visitors to the Louvre. These include special services (for example, maps and printed information, and the loan of wheelchairs), adapted cultural activities (guided tours and workshops), visiting aids (audioguides and Braille documentation) and specially-designed spaces such as the Tactile Gallery. The museum wishes to reach out to visitors with special needs and wants very much to provide them with a quality visiting experience, regardless of their disability, and whether they visit in a group or as individuals.

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News and events

The Louvre at Lens

The project has just passed a crucial stage. On September 26, 2005, the standing committee of the Regional Council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais selected SANAA, an international agency represented by the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, as the winner of the design competition.

A crucial step: choosing a design project
The Louvre at Lens project is “one of the most significant attempts to democratize and decentralize culture since the Ministry of Culture was first set up [. . .] It is a magnificent project sparked by the encounter between the will of the State and the motivation and conviction of the regional authorities.”
(Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, May 12, 2005).
The project has just passed a crucial stage. At its plenary session on September 26, 2005, the standing committee of the Regional Council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais selected the winner of the design competition: SANAA, an international agency represented by the Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, in association with the French landscape designer Catherine Mosbach and the American museographer Imrey Culbert.

The aims of the project
Henri Loyrette outlined the broad aims of the project in the specifications given to the architects competing for the contract: as well as adding a new dimension to the Louvre’s regional activity, it seeks to give fresh impetus to the museum’s thinking about its role: “The Louvre is not a Parisian museum: it is first and foremost our leading national museum and its art works and know-how are at the service of the nation as a whole. . . . the task given to the Louvre at Lens [. . .] is to explore all the compo...+ [ Read all ]


Effective teaching engages the intellect, the imagination, and the emotions. In this respect, the Louvre represents a unique educational resource. The museum offers a range of classes given by, among others, lecturers, artists, architects, curators, and academics.
Given by national museum guides, artists, and scholars, the workshops allow participants to study artistic techniques, experiment, and explore civilizations, while discovering works in the museum's collections. Take a look at the activities brochure for a complete listing of this season's workshops.


All group visits to the museum must be booked in advance. This enables us to schedule groups throughout the day, thereby avoiding overcrowding. Groups of up to twenty-five are admitted (twenty for the Department of Decorative Arts and temporary exhibitions).


If you want to bring your class to the Louvre, you can choose from a program of structured activities organized by the museum, such as guided tours and workshops. Alternatively, you can take charge and organize your visit as you see fit. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

General considerations
To make your visit to the Louvre as enjoyable as possible, you need to strike a balance by planning a small tour with clear pedagogical objectives. Opting for a specific theme will help you to select the most relevant works. Young visitors generally respond well to an approach based on the direct observation and description of artworks, with no assumption of previous knowledge. It is also important to consider the part of the museum you intend to visit: there is plenty of space in the Richelieu wing, for example, which makes it easier to move around with a group and gather in front of a work.

Before your visit
Select the works you want to see
– Do your preliminary research using the site search engine
– Check the schedule of room closures
– Consult the tours proposed on the site

Plan your itinerary
– Locate the works on the museum map
– Limit your tour to about ten works for a visit of about 90 minutes

Make a reservation
– Choose the date
– Consult the museum's calendar of activities and events

The day of your visit
On arrival
– Check in at the group entrance (Passage Richelieu, Galerie du Carrousel) with your letter of confirmation
– Go to the group reception area (Accueil des Groupes) under the Pyramid 15 minutes before your tour departure time
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Families can choose between a self-guided tour or a guided tour with a museum guide.


Children ages 4 and up can take part in one of the many workshops for young people.


On Friday evening, admission's free—a great opportunity to visit the Louvre and attend some of the special events. The Carte Louvre Jeunes (€15 per year) offers priority admission, free admission for a guest on evening openings, and invitations to events. Art students: ask for your special pass.


The Auditorium at the Louvre offers a complete program of lectures, concerts, and films linked to the collections and to events taking place at the museum.
The Louvre offers both cultural and educational activities, including guided tours, workshops, and classes. Self-guided visits in the galleries and a quarterly calendar can help you discover—or rediscover—our collections.


The Louvre's primary mission is to enable everyone—regardless of nationality, background, or education—to discover the cultural achievements of civilizations down the centuries through the works of art in its collections.
The Société des Amis du Louvre ("Friends of the Louvre") is an independent, non-profit organization whose goal is to support the development of the museum's collections and the enhancement of its exhibition spaces.
Contact: +33 (0)1 40 20 53 34 /