The Louvre is the most famous museum.

The Louvre is the most famous museum.

Louvre (Paris) – detailed information about the museum with photos. Louvre opening hours, plans (diagrams) and collections of the museum, where to buy tickets, official website.

Louvre Museum in Paris

The Louvre is an art museum in Paris, one of the most famous and largest museums of the world, visited by about 10 million people annually.

Originally the Louvre building was a defensive fortress on the lower reaches of the Seine, which later became one of the main royal residences.

The Louvre was founded in 1793. The museum is 73,000 square meters of art from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century, as well as from ancient times. It houses about 35,000 exhibits, some of which are 7,000 years old.

The Louvre building consists of 4 parts, which are called “wings.”

Louvre

Louvre

In close proximity to the Louvre is the Tuileries Garden, one of the largest and oldest parks of the center of Paris. A wonderful example of landscape art and open-air sculpture museum, and a great place to relax and unwind in the heart of the big city.

Sections of the Louvre

The Louvre is divided into 8 departments:

  • Department of Egyptian Antiquities.
  • Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities
  • Oriental Antiquities Department
  • Department of Art of Islamic Countries
  • Paintings Department
  • Sculpture Department
  • Graphics Department
  • Department of Art

Collections

  1. The Art of the Ancient Near East (7500 BC – 500 AD) – exhibits found during archaeological excavations, divided on the basis of geography (the territory of present-day Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, etc.). The collection includes elements of the decoration of palaces and temples, statues, inscription tablets and luxury items and introduces one of the first centers of great civilizations. Level 0 – Richelieu Wing and Sully Wing
  2. Ancient Egyptian art (4000 to 30 B.C.) – sculptural and pictorial works, fragments of temples and tombs, ritual and everyday objects from the Nile Valley – from Egypt to Sudan – are presented as part of a thematic display (Level 0) and as part of a chronological display from the end of prehistory to the establishment of Roman rule (Level 1). Levels 0 and 1 – Sully Wing
  3. The Art of Ancient Greece (6500 – 30 B.C.) – the exposition on levels -1 and 0 follows the chronological principle and reflects the development of ancient Greek art from the end of prehistory up to the establishment of Roman domination. Level 1 represents the material culture of ancient Greece and ancient Rome (objects of bronze, gold, silver, ceramics and glass). Levels -1, 0, and 1 are the Denon Wing and the Sully Wing
  4. Art of Ancient Rome (100 BC – 500 AD) – on level 0, around the courtyard of the French Queen Anne of Austria (1615-1643), the collection is presented in chronological order from the end of the Roman Republic to the fall of the Roman Empire. Level 1 represents the material culture of ancient Greece and ancient Rome. Levels 0 and 1 are the Denon wing and the Sulli wing
  5. Art of Ancient Italy and Etruria (900 – 200 B.C.) – sculptures, vases, sarcophagi, weapons, jewelry, interior furnishings – usually found in tombs – provide insight into the civilizations that preceded the Romans in modern Italy in the first millennium B.C. Level 0 – Denon Wing
  6. The Art of the Middle East and Egypt (30 B.C. – 1800 A.D.) – mosaics, reproduced church interiors, pictorial portraits, earthenware and luxury goods provide an introduction to the art of the Eastern Mediterranean, from the Roman Empire to the era of the Muslim conquests. This series continues the art of the Christian communities of Egypt and Sudan during the Middle Ages and New History. Levels -2 and -1 – Denon Wing
  7. Art of the Islamic World (700-1800) – Ceramic, glass and wood objects, miniatures, carpets and ceremonial weapons, presented in chronological order from the origin of Islam to the 18th century, reflect the splendor of a civilization that stretched from Spain to India. Levels -2 and -1 – Denon Wing
  8. Sculpture/France (500-1850) – Located around the Marly and Puget courtyards, featuring garden sculptures from the 17th to the 19th centuries, the chronological exhibit spans from the Middle Ages to the Romantic period and introduces the work of major French sculptors such as Goujon, Couste, Pigalle, Goodon or Bary. Levels -1 and 0 – Richelieu Wing
  9. Sculpture / Europe (500-1850) – European sculpture is represented geographically: Italy and Northern Europe are devoted to chronological exhibitions on two levels, where you can see the works of Donatello, Michelangelo, Canova and others. A separate room contains examples of Spanish sculpture. Levels -1 and 0 – Denon wing
  10. Painting/France (1350-1850) – The world’s most complete collection of French painting is presented in chronological order and includes paintings by such masters as Poussin, Georges de la Tour, Watteau, Fragonard, Engrère, Corot, etc. The monumental paintings of the 19th century (David, Delacroix) are on display on Level 1 in the Denon wing. Level 2 – Richelieu Wing and the Sully Wing / Level 1 – Denon Wing
  11. Paintings/Northern Europe (1350-1850) – Northern European paintings are presented in chronological order and also according to the geographical centers of culture: Flanders, Germany, the Netherlands, etc. Visitors can see masterpieces by Van Eyck, Bruegel, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Level 2 – Richelieu Wing
  12. Paintings / Italy (1250-1800) – a collection of Italian paintings, one of the richest in the world, displayed in the Square Hall, in the Grand Gallery and in the adjoining rooms. The paintings are presented in chronological order and according to the geographical centers of culture. Among them are masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and others. Level 1 – Denon Wing
  13. Painting / Spain (1400-1850) – The exhibition is arranged in small rooms around a central hall with monumental paintings. The collection is presented chronologically from the 15th to the 19th century and includes works by famous painters such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Ribera, Murillo and Goya. Level 1 – Denon Wing
  14. Painting / Great Britain / United States (1550-1850) – The Louvre’s collection of British and American paintings consists mainly of portraits and landscape paintings. Artists represented include Gainsborough, West, Raeburn, Lawrence, Turner, and Constable. Level 1 – Denon Wing
  15. Decorative Arts/Europe (500-1850) – presented chronologically from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century, the collection of luxury items (jewelry, weapons, tapestries, glassware, ceramics, artistic enamel, gold, silver and bronze, precious stones and treasures from the French Crown, interior furnishings) and the reconstructed interiors reflect the high level of applied art, developed in particular through royal commissions. Level 1 – Richelieu Wing, Sully Wing, Denon Wing
  16. Drawings, Engravings, Prints, Prints / Europe (1350-1850) – This is the richest collection in the world exhibited in parts, one by one, due to the sensitivity of the exhibits to light. Temporary exhibitions include drawings, prints, prints, prints, pastels, watercolors, and manuscripts by Europe’s greatest artists. Level -1 – Sully Wing (Rotunda Sully)
  17. The Art of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas (700 BC – 1900 AD), a collection of about one hundred masterpieces from the collection of the Quai Branly Museum, is represented geographically. In this department you can see outstanding works from a number of non-European civilizations of pre-Columbian America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. Level 0 – Denon Wing
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Pavilion of the Hours: an introduction to the Louvre – precedes a tour of the collections and introduces the history of the palace and the museum’s collection. Around the ruins of the medieval castle, the process of the palace’s gradual transformation into a museum is presented. Next, on Level 1, selected works allow us to appreciate the diversity of the collections. Level 2 is dedicated to contemporary museum life. This tour was named after HRH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the United Arab Emirates, in reference to the invaluable support given to the museum by the United Arab Emirates.

The Minor Gallery is a great place to gain a better understanding of artworks and learn about the history of art and different artistic techniques. A new theme is proposed each year and becomes the starting point for exploring the museum’s collection.

Plans of the Louvre

Louvre entrance plan The layout of the Louvre -2nd floor.

Floor plan of the Louvre -1 floor Plan of the Louvre 0

Plan of the Louvre 1st floor Plan of the Louvre 2nd floor

Plan of the Louvre in Russian Download as PDF

Rules of access

  1. Order silence.
  2. Do not eat or drink alcohol.
  3. It is forbidden to take photographs with a flash. It is prohibited to take pictures of some exhibits.

The Louvre Rooms

Louvre Rooms

Official website

A view of the Louvre from the banks of the Seine

View of the Louvre from the banks of the Seine

Opening hours of the Louvre

The Louvre Museum is open daily, except for Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Louvre rooms close at 5:30 p.m. Attention, the museum is not open on May 1 and December 25.

On Wednesdays and Fridays the museum is open until 21.45

Ticket prices and where to buy them?

The cost of a ticket to the Louvre is 15 euros. On Wednesdays and Fridays after 6 p.m. young people (under 26 years old) can get in the museum for free. For this you need only an identity card.

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