A must-see, majestic, magnificent, magical ... no amount of superlatives is enough to truly capture the wonders of the Louvre. But the Louvre has not always been a wonderful museum visited by nearly 9 million visitors each year.
A fortress then the residence of the kings of France
Since the late twelfth century, the Louvre buildings have been a key feature in the heart of Paris.
Located on the right bank of the Seine (1st arrondissement), the Louvre building was first used as a medieval fortress with the aim of protecting the French capital during the reign of Philippe Auguste (1190-1202).
In the second half of the fourteenth century, Charles V changed the purpose of the building to become the residence of the kings of France ... for nearly 700 years.
It became a museum in 1793, the Louvre Palace has since housed thousands of works of art, representations of past civilisations.
The ancient world, the West and Islam
The Louvre holds items from ancient cultures (Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman) as well as Western and Islamic civilisations spanning a period of nearly 5 000 years.
The largest museum in Europe immerses visitors in a wide range of art from around the world: 460 000 works including pinnacles of world heritage such as the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa or the Eugène Delacroix painting, “La liberté guidant le peuple” ("Liberty Leading the People”).
With an area of 210 000 m2 including 60 600 m2 of galleries featuring a variety of different works: paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, archaeological objects and other works
Enjoy your visit!
- Whether alone, or together in a group, you can discover the museum's collections in a variety of ways. A multimedia guide is available for adults and children. For groups, a guide at the Louvre can take you through the halls.
- It takes at least 3 days to experience all that the Louvre has to offer.
- By metro: Line 1 - Metro Stop Palais-Royal/Musée du Louvre
- By bus: bus n° 21,24,27,39,48,68,69,72,81,95
- Paris l'Open Tour: bus stop opposite the Pyramid
Velib stops near the museum:
- n°1015 : 2 place A. Malraux
- n°1023 : 165 rue Saint-Honoré
- n°1014 : 5 rue de l’Echelle
- n°1013 : 186 rue Saint-Honoré
- By car: underground car park accessible from Avenue du général Lemonier every day 7am to 11pm.
- By Batobus: Escale Louvre, quai François Mitterrand