Résumé

The Louvre became a museum on August 10, 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings. The to day Musée du Louvre contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments, with more than 60,600 square meters (652,000 sq ft) dedicated to the permanent collection.

The Louvre Museum offers a chronology from Antiquity to 1848 and a geographical area extending from Western Europe to Iran, via Greece, Egypt, and the Near East.

The Louvre Museum has eight departments: Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities (Recently Renovated), Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Arts, Sculptures, Works of Art, Paintings, and Graphic Arts.

Almost all the works on display at the Louvre are available for consultation on the Internet.

The works in the Louvre Museum are varied in nature: paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, archaeological objects, and objets d'art, among others. Among the museum's most famous pieces are the Code of Hammurabi (Babylonian legal text dated around 1750 BC, to date the most complete code of laws known from ancient Mesopotamia), the Venus de Milo, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People, or the Victory of Samothrace restored in 2014.

In Paris, several national museums complement the Louvre's collections, including the Musée d'Orsay (19th century) and the Musée du Jeu de l'Orangerie (mainly Impressionists).

Localisation
Open hours

Closed on Tuesdays

Open

  • Monday:  9h00 - 18h00
  • Wednesday: 9h00 - 21h45
  • Thursday: 9h00- 18h00
  • Friday: 9h00 - 21h45
  • Saturday: 9h00 - 18h00*
  • Sunday: 9h00 - 18h00

* until 9:45 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month

The best times to visit the Louvre museum are: in the morning when the museum opens & at night.

Exceptional closing days of the Museum in 2020
January 1st (New Year's Day)
May 1st (Labour Day)
December 25th (Christmas)

Opening hours (Covid)

Wednesday-Monday, 9am-6pm (Wednesday and Friday night hours are suspended until the end of 2020). Free Saturday nights resume on October 3, 2020, until 9:45 p.m. (online reservation required).
Subject to exceptional modifications (works, transport strikes...), an annual calendar specifies which collections are open or closed for each day of the week +33 (0) 1 40 20 53 17. Individuals may enter the museum via the Pyramid; access to Richelieu is reserved for groups and Louvre loyalty cardholders.

Nocturne
Saturday night openings resume on October 3, 2020, until 9:45 pm (online reservation required). The Wednesday and Friday evening events are suspended until the end of 2020.

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • May 8th
  • Pentecost
  • Pentecost Monday
  • August 15th
  • November 1st
  • November 11th
Access

Musée du Louvre
Pyramide du Louvre
75001 Paris

Carte d’accès au musée du Louvre. Cliquer pour agrandir.

  • The main entrance to the museum is located in the middle of the Cour Napoléon, under the Pyramid. Access is also possible, under certain conditions, from the Passage Richelieu, which connects the Cour Napoléon to the Place du Palais-Royal, and, for all visitors, from the Carrousel du Louvre shopping center, where there is also an underground parking lot for buses.
  • To distribute the public, the museum communicates the waiting time in real time at its different entrances on its website
  • Métro : Lines 1 et 7, station "Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre" and Line 14, station "Pyramides" - List of metro stations 
  • Bus : 21 24 27 39 67 48 68 69 72 95and OpenTour
  • RER : lines A and B, station Châtelet - Les Halles

It is possible to access the Louvre Museum from the Gare du Musée d'Orsay (on the other side of the Seine river).

Address

Louvre Museum
9 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris

Coordinates Pyramide du Louvre (Main museum entrance) - Cours Napoléon, Paris 75001

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 51′ 40″ N 2° 20′ 09″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.86108 2.33581

 

Reservation

To book a visit to Le Louvre click here

General information on visits

Self-guided tour

  • Ticket booked online (recommended) with time slot on https://www.ticketlouvre.fr : 17€/adult.
  • Ticket purchased on site: €15/adult. Tickets are valid on the same day for the Musée du Louvre (permanent collections and temporary exhibitions) and the Musée Eugène-Delacroix (for 48 hours).

Group visits

Reservations required. Maximum 25 people per group (see conditions on the website). Reservations for group visits with a museum lecturer: - by mail: Musée du Louvre - Visites-conférences - Service vente et réservation à distance - Direction accueil surveillance vente - 75058 Paris Cedex 01 - by telephone: +33 (0) 1 40 20 51 77 Reservations for independent group visits with an outside guide: - by mail: Musée du Louvre -

Autonomous groups - Service vente et réservation à distance - Direction accueil surveillance vente 75058 Paris Cedex 01 - by telephone: +33 (0) 1 40 20 57 60.

Free

We strongly recommend that free visitors reserve a time slot on https://www.ticketlouvre.fr, even for those with a Paris Museum Pass.
Free admission for all on the first Saturday of every month from 6:00 pm to 9:45 pm.

Free admission for all on July 14.

Free admission for under-18s and EU citizens aged 18 to 25 and teachers with an Education Pass. Also for all under 26 years old during the Friday night hours, starting at 6pm.

Free access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon for jobseekers, recipients of minimum social benefits, disabled civilians and war victims. The complete list is available on the website.

Free admission for children and young people

It is strongly recommended that those who benefit from free admission reserve a time slot on https://www.ticketlouvre.fr -18 years old. Also for EU citizens under 26 years old and teachers holding the Education pass. Also for all those under 26 years old during the Friday night sessions, starting at 6 pm.

Accepted payment methods

CB/Visa
Eurocard/Mastercard
Amex
Vacation cheque

 

Description complète

Louvre first a castle before to be a museum

The Louvre museum was first a medieval fortified castle (12th century) that became the residence of the kings of France, then a royal art gallery, a storing building for part of the royal collections of antique paintings and sculptures, and finally one of the largest museums in the world, protected and enriched at all times by all political regimes.

If you are interested in the history of the Palais du Louvre, which for 800 years was at the heart of the History of France, enlarged and modified by some fifteen kings or regimes, click here on The construction of the Palais du Louvre over time.

The beginning of the museum in the Louvre Palace in the midst of revolutionary turmoil

The Musée du Louvre as we know it today, starts in 1793, in the middle of the French Révolution. It underwent its final transformations during the Second Empire (1851-1870) when the galleries on either side of the Cour Napoléon (where the Pyramid is today located) were completed. But by the time the original plan to link the Louvre Palace to the Tuileries Palace nearby was totally completed, the Tuileries castle was burnt down by the "Commune riot" in 1871. The Tuileries ruins were destroyed in the following years and never re-built. In the place is now the Jardin des Tuileries.

In 1981, the Richelieu wing (north, on the Rue de Rivoli side), still occupied by the Ministry of Finance at the time, became part of the museum. The ministry was transferred to its present location on the Quai de Bercy. The museum's square footage increased from 30,000 m² to 55,000 m². The Chinese-American architect Leoh Ming Pei, who was in charge of the project, proposed to build a pyramidal central entrance in the Cour Napoléon.

In 2018, with approximately 10.2 million annual visitors, the Louvre was the most visited museum in the world.

The Louvre: a Universalist Museum

The Louvre covers an extensive chronology and geographical area, from Antiquity to 1848(1), and from Western Europe to Iran, via Greece, Egypt, and the Near East. It comprises eight departments, which, including deposits in other museums (28,530 works), comprise 554,731 works at the end of 2016.

(1): the Musée d'Orsay just opposite the Louvre museum, on the other bank of the Seine river.
Orsay museum collections present Western art from 1848 to 1914, in the continuity of The Louvre museum and in all its diversity: painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic art, photography, architecture, etc... It is one of the largest museums in Europe for this period.
The museum also has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings in the world, with almost 1,100 paintings in total out of more than 3,650, and masterpieces of painting and sculpture can be seen.

Collections of the Louvre Museum - to plan your visit

The first collections presented today at the Louvre Museum come directly or indirectly from the kings of France, accumulated over several centuries. The first king to collect works was Charles V (1338 - 1380). All other kings do the same. Later, the French Revolution of 1789, and then the various regimes of the 19th and 20th centuries that succeeded one another at the head of France. The works were bought, given, exchanged, recovered during wars or excavations. The Louvre Museum is now one of the most extensive museums in the world. Hence the need to order the presentation of the works in 8 collections:

  • Oriental Antiques - Antiquités orientales - 137 628 works
  • Egyptian Antiquities - Antiquités égyptiennes - 66 300 works
  • Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities - Antiquités grecques, étrusques et romaines - 68 362 works
  • Arts of Islam - Arts de l'Islam - 15 311 works
  • Sculptures - Sculptures - 6 115 works
  • Works of art - Objets d'art - 23 405 works
  • Paintings - Peintures - 12 660 works
  • Graphic Arts - 122 212 works

In addition to the eight departments, the Louvre museum includes the "Rothschild Collection" (86,858 works) and the "Chalcography" section (14,647 works).

The number of objects on display at a time is 35,000. The museum's works are varied in nature: paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, archaeological objects, art objects of various materials, among others.

Among the most famous pieces of the museum is the Code of Hammurabi, the Venus de Milo, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Guiding the People or the Victory of Samothrace, etc.

It is quite impossible to see everything in the Louvre museum. For example, visiting 100 works a day would take a full year to see all 35,000 exhibits. It would take 15 times that amount of time to see the 550,000 stored objects that belong to the Louvre.

Organization of the exhibition rooms

The museum is huge and it is easy to get lost or to waste a lot of time finding what you want to see.

It is spread over five levels in the Richelieu wing (to the north along the rue de Rivoli), the Sully wing (to the east around the Cour carrée), and the Denon wing (to the south along the Seine river). (For the distribution of the collections in the rooms between the various departments, see "Plan of the Louvre" [archive] [PDF], on louvre.fr)

The entrance is under the Louvre pyramid on level -2, which gives access to a temporary exhibition hall, an auditorium, and several rooms on level -1 in the Richelieu and Denon wings, as well as the medieval Louvre under the Cour carrée.

Most of the collections are on display on the ground and first floors of the Richelieu, Sully, and Denon wings, and on the second floor of the Richelieu and Sully wings. The museum thus occupies a large part of the Louvre Palace. However, the western ends of the palace are devoted to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the extension of the Richelieu wing, and to the École du Louvre and the reserves in the extension of the Denon wing.

Map of the Louvre, a useful accessory

In 2017-2018, all of the museum's rooms were renumbered by removing duplicates, whereas the previous numbering depended on the collections. Now each room has a unique number that identifies the wing and floor. The locations of these rooms inside the Louvre Palace is available at "Plan du Louvre"

Level Richelieu wing Sully wing Denon wing
Rooms 1 à 99 Level -2
Rooms 100 à 199 Level -1 Rooms 100 à 129 Rooms 130 à 159 Rooms 160 à 199
Rooms 200 à 499 Ground level Rooms 200 à 299 Rooms 300 à 399 Rooms 400 à 499
Rooms 500 à 799 1st floor Rooms 500 à 599 Rooms 600 à 699 Rooms 700 à 799
Rooms 800 à 999 2nd floor Rooms 800 à 899 Rooms 900 à 999
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