Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum, which is one of the best art museums in the world is situated in Paris in France. It lies along the Seine River. The Louvre palace was converted into Louvre Museum. The Louvre Museum was declared as a public museum in the 18th century.


  • The construction of the Louvre Museum began in the 12th century.
  • At first the Louvre Museum was built as a fortress.


  • One of the main attractions of the Louvre Museum is the glass pyramid. It serves as an entrance to the museum.
  • The glass pyramid of the Louvre Museum was designed by an architect called Pei.
  • The underground of the Louvre Museum consists of shopping areas, exhibition areas, storage areas, and also parking areas.
  • The displays of the world famous paintings of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is the another main attraction of the Louvre Museum.
  • The paintings from Italy, France, Flanders, the Netherlands and England are also displayed.
  • The Louvre Museum consists of about 35,000 objects from a period of antiquity to the mid 19th century.
  • Another main feature of the Louvre Museum is the Tuileries Gardens which lies very near to the museum.
Established 1793
Louvre Museum Location Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre,
75001 Paris, France
Type Art museum, Design / Textile Museum, Historic site
Visitor Figures

8.3 million (2007)
8.5 million (2008)
8.5 million (2009)

  • Ranked 1st nationally
  • Ranked 1st globally
Director Henri Loyrette
Curator Marie-Laure de Rochebrune
Public Transit Access
  • Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre
  • Louvre-Rivoli
Louvre Museum Website www.louvre.fr


Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum Departments

  • Louvre Museum consists of various departments
  • The departments of Renaissance and modern arts include the treasures of the French kings such as bronzes, pottery, jewelry and furniture.
  • The department of Greek and Roman antiquities of the Louvre Museum contains architecture, sculpture, mosaics, pottery and jewelry.
  • In order to organize the collections acquired during the Egyptian campaign of the Napolean, the department of Egyptian antiquities was set up in 1826.
  • The Mesopotamian art comes under the department of Oriental antiquities.
  • The Louvre Museum also includes the Greek, Roman and Islamic art collections.

The Louvre Museum is the most visited art museum by art lovers all over the world. It takes almost a week to complete a tour of the whole museum with its grand size and exhibits.

Louvre Museum Hours

Opening Hours

  • Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Closed on Tuesday

Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time.

Entrances to the Museum (open every day except Tuesday)

  • Pyramid and Galerie du Carrousel entrances: from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Passage Richelieu entrance: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Porte des Lions entrance: from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Friday.

Louvre Museum Admission Fee / Tickets

Type of Ticket Ticket Price
Tickets for the Permanent Collections €10: full-day access to the Louvre
Multimedia Guide
  • Adults: € 6
  • Uunder-18s: €2
  • Disabled visitors, job-seekers, and people on welfare benefits: €4
Tickets for Exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon €11: temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon.
Combined Ticket €14: access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions