Museum

Musée du Louvre

Pyramide du Louvre - 75001 Paris

Louvre - 1er Arrondissement

Description

Formerly a royal palace, the Louvre embraces eight centuries of French history. Intended as a universal museum since its creation in 1793, its collections – among the finest in the world – span several thousands of years and a territory that extends from America to the confines of Asia. The Louvre is a universal museum with eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Paintings; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; Prints and Drawings; and Islamic Art. Some 35,000 works of art are on display, including world-famous masterpieces such as the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Seated Scribe, the Winged Bulls of Khorsabad, the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s Slaves, and parts of the palace, such as the Napoleon III Apartments, are works of art in their own right. A ninth department, devoted to Byzantine and Eastern Christian Art, is being created and is scheduled to open in 2025.

Viewpoint

View of the Carrousel du Louvre, Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe. The palaces hundreds of windows provide unique views over the Seine, the Cour Napoléon, Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Church, Pont Neuf and Rue de Rivoli.

Architectural style

  • Second empire

Collections

  • Antiquités
  • Archéologie
  • Arts décoratifs
  • Arts de l'Islam
  • Arts graphiques
  • Joaillerie
  • Mobilier
  • Objets d'art
  • Peinture
  • Sculpture

Epoque des collections

  • Renaissance (XVe - XVIe)
  • Maniérisme (XVIe)
  • Baroque (XVIe - XVIIe)
  • Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Réalisme (XIXe)
  • Impressionnisme (XIXe)
  • Symbolisme (XIXe)

Garden

The Tuileries gardens have been linked to the Louvre since January 2005.
The Louvre Estate includes both the Carrousel and Tuileries gardens. Both places of historical interest and places for strolling, they are animated according to the seasons and are a setting for activities proposed for the whole family. The Tuileries Gardens were created during the Renaissance by Catherine de Medici. They were then completely redesigned from 1664 onwards by André Le Nôtre, Louis XIV's landscape gardener. From the 18th century, the gardens were decorated with statues and vases. In the groves, there are also numerous sculptures on loan from modern and contemporary art museums.

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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Member of the Paris Museum Pass
  • Car park/Parking
  • Coach park
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor tools
  • Free Wifi
  • Cloakroom

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Korean

Visitor tools

Audio Guide available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Korean and Chinese (5€). Museum map available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Educational activities

The museum offers workshops and tours for all ages from 4 years old, tours of the collections and talks for adults as well as tours in English. From April and throughout the summer, the museum also offers guided tours in Spanish and Italian.

Restaurant

Bistro Benoit, Café Mollien, the Café Richelieu/Angelina, Café Marly, Terrasse Colbert, Goguette, Comptoir du Louvre, Starbuck Café des Maronniers, Terrasse de Pomone, Pavillon des Tuileries, Rosa Bonheur la crêperie, roulette gourmande Eric Kayser, Petit Plisson aux Tuileries, Glacier Petits fermiers.

Coach park

Avenue du Général Lemonnier

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Admission to the Louvre gives you access to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, as well as at the Eugène-Delacroix National Museum the same day and the day after your visit to the Louvre (for 48 hours).
Ticket booked online (recommended) with time slot on https://www.ticketlouvre.fr: €17/adult.

Group tour

The cost of booking a visit (including speaking rights) is €70. The individual ticket for admission to the museum is €17, except for free admission. Each visitor must be in possession of a paid or free admission ticket.

Free

Online booking of a visit is strongly recommended, including for visitors who are entitled to free admission and for holders of a museum access card.
The Musée du Louvre is free of charge for visitors under 18, under 26 who are nationals of a European Economic Area country, Paris Museum Pass holders, teachers, Ministry of Culture staff, ICOM members, jobseekers, and recipients of minimum social benefits.
See the complete list of free admission https://www.louvre.fr/visiter/horaires-tarifs#conditions-de-gratuite

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Chèque Vacances

Closing times

Tuesday

Opening times

The Louvre Museum is open every day from 9am to 6pm, except Tuesdays. Open until 9.45 pm on Fridays. Entrance to the museum is via the Pyramid for individuals; the Richelieu access is reserved for groups and Louvre loyalty card holders.

Late opening

Friday until 9.45 pm

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • Whit Monday
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November

Voir la carte

Musée du Louvre

Pyramide du Louvre
75001 Paris
https://www.louvre.fr/en/homepage

  • Subway - Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre
  • RER - Châtelet - Les Halles
  • Bus - 21, 27, 39, 67, 68, 69, 72, 74, 85, 95

Sustainable development approach

The Louvre intends to position itself as a major public player in the region in terms of both low-carbon issues and social and cultural issues. As an example of its commitment to CSR, the Musée du Louvre has been awarded the ISO 50001 label for its energy management system.

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Loan of wheelchairs
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person
  • Priority admission

Accessibility information

Priority access skip the queue for people with disabilities and their accompanying person. Disabled visitors can, if they wish, be accompanied from the museum information point to the Touch Gallery, the Carrousel car park or the nearest taxi stand.

Physical disability:
- Adapted parking spaces in the 2 nearby car parks (accessible routes)
- Map of accessible and adapted areas
- The entire museum and all its activities are accessible for wheelchair users
- The main hall has 14 wheelchair accessible spaces.
- Help desk available under the pyramid, where wheelchairs and canes can be loaned.
- For safety reasons and the comfort of visitors, the number of wheelchair users is limited to 8 per group.

Visual impairment:
- The Children’s Tactile Gallery is designed for the blind and the visually impaired. It enables all visitors to share the experience of tactile perception. Through touch, you will discover 18 moulds of historic works of art from the 19th century, offering an insight into the different ways that childhood has been represented over the centuries.
- Specific communication tools have been developed for visually impaired users
- Descriptive and tactile guides (with thermographic reproductions), allowing visitors to discover the museum’s artworks.
- Tactile tours offer another view of sculpting. It also allows visitors to take part in arts and crafts workshops.
- The Louvre offers audio guides for hearing impaired visitors (in French and English). This offer will be expanded to include tours of all the museum’s permanent collections.
- Only the labels in the Islamic Arts section and the Tactile Gallery has been adapted.
- Transparent benches are arranged arounds the Islamic Arts room and may constitute a hazard when circulating.
- The Petite Galerie includes a guidance strip, a specific tactile book, a downloadable audio-guided trail and various material samples available during the visit.


Hearing Impairment:
- The museum also offers tours in lip-reading and spoken language (on request).
- Hearing-impaired visitors have the opportunity to follow lecture tours with magnetic loops.
- The Louvre offers visual guides in French sign language, the offer will be gradually expanded to include tours of all the museum’s permanent collections.
- Subtitling devices are available in the following sections: Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, Spanish paintings, The roman empire, The Pavillon de l’Horlage, and La Petite Galerie.
- French sign language tours and tactile descriptions can be downloaded from the museum’s and La Petite Galerie’s website.
- Sign language spoken by museum staff.
- Magnetic hearing loops present in the main hall and at the till.
- Given the complexity of the building, it is recommended to take an information map (available in 13 languages) from the reception desk under the pyramid or to ask a staff member if you get lost.
- The signage combines text and images for services (cloakroom, shop, etc.) but not for directional signage.


Mental Disability
- Tours and activities adapted to suit specific disabilities.
- Educational workshops are available for groups.
- Designated itinerary trails are available, three of which are intended for autistic people (downloadable from the museum’s website under the ‘visits and activities’ tab)
- Easy-to-read brochure will soon be available on the museum website.

Contact for disabled visitors: Tel: +33 (0)1 40 20 59 90 - Email: handicap@louvre.fr

More details on accessibility

'Tourisme & Handicap' marked establishment

  • 'Tourisme & Handicap' mark
  • For hearing disability For hearing disability
  • For mental disability For mental disability
  • For physical disability For physical disability
  • For visual disability For visual disability

Museum in the same district: Louvre

Museum in the same arrondissement: 1st arrondissement

Museum in Paris and in the Paris Region: Museum

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