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Collections & departments The Tuileries and Carrousel Gardens

The Louvre and Tuileries National Estate includes several gardens, which cover an area of 30 hectares.

In the west, the Tuileries Garden, a major historical landmark, stretches over 22.4 hectares. The 6.2-hectare Carrousel Garden lies between the wings of the Louvre. The Tuileries and Carrousel Gardens are separated by the Tuileries terrace, designed, like the Pyramid, by the architect Ieoh Ming Pei. Both of these gardens are open to the public.
In the east, three small gardens surround the building: running along the rue de Rivoli is the Oratory Garden (4,500m2), and, on the Seine bankside, are the Infanta’s Garden (3,900m2) and the Raffet Garden (1,250m2). These small gardens are not open to the public.

The Carrousel and Tuileries Gardens are veritable open-air sculpture museums: 20 sculptures by Aristide Maillol are on view in the Carrousel Garden, and, in the Tuileries, visitors may admire over 200 exceptional statues and vases, dating from the 17th to the 21st century. Whatever the season, this vast green space offers young and old alike countless possibilities for walks and relaxation.

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Chronology of the Tuileries Garden

16th century

1564: Creation of the garden by Catherine de Médicis, widow of Henri II
1574: Reception of the Polish ambassadors
1594: Henri IV introduces white mulberry and broderie beds

17th century

1658: Very severe flooding of the Seine
1664: André Le Nôtre redesigns the garden for Louis XIV and opens up the perspective toward the Champs-Elysées; the garden is opened to a select public

18th century

1716: Installation of the first marble sculptures
1717: A swing bridge links the garden to the Place de la Concorde
1783: First hydrogen-filled-balloon ascension by Jacques Charles and Noël Robert
1793: The garden is opened to the general public; revolutionary fetes and redevelopment plans

19th century

1801: Percier and Fontaine create the Rue de Rivoli; Napoléon lives at the Tuileries Palace and transforms part of the garden
1810: Napoléon and Marie Louise’s wedding procession crosses the flag-bedecked garden
1831: Louis-Philippe sets aside an area of the garden next to the palace
1848: Revolutionaries ransack the palace and garden
1852: Prince-President Louis Napoléon moves into the Tuileries Palace; the new Emperor extends the reserved part of the garden to the round Grand Bassin pond
1852 and 1861: Construction of the Orangerie and Jeu de Paume buildings
1871: Communards set fire to the Tuileries Palace
1882–1883: Demolition of the remains of the palace and creation of the Carrousel Garden in the former court of honor of the Tuileries Palace, between the wings of the Louvre

20th century

1900: Mayors’ Banquet during the World’s Fair
1914: The Tuileries Garden is listed as a protected Historical Monument; the two World Wars cause little damage to the garden
1964–1965: André Malraux has sculptures by Maillol installed in the Carrousel Garden
1981: François Mitterrand launches the “Grand Louvre” project and announces the renovation of the garden
1991: UNESCO lists “Paris, Banks of the Seine” as a World Heritage site, including the Tuileries Garden
1991–1996: the Tuileries Garden is redeveloped by Pascal Cribier and Louis Benech, and the Carrousel Garden by Jacques and Peter Wirtz
1991–2000: New sculptures are erected in the garden, including contemporary works

21st century

2005: The Musée du Louvre is given the responsibility of managing the gardens
2008 and 2010: New signage and construction of a new playground for children
2011: Completion of a closed-circuit water distribution system for the ponds
Since 2012: Restoration of the garden by Dominique Larpin, chief architect for Historical Monuments


Observe gardens

To protect the soil, plants and sculptures, and to ensure safe, hygienic visiting conditions, it is forbidden to:
. ride a monocycle or two-wheeler;
. walk or sit on the lawns;
. damage or pick the plants;
. touch, hold on to or climb the sculptures;
. bring pets (except to café terraces);
. feed the birds;
. remove chairs from the garden;
. leave any object behind.

Safety and civil behavior is the responsibility of all.

The garden’s reception staff and guards are at your disposal for further information.


Practical information

Free tours

For all visitors (aged 11+), weekends and public holidays, April 1 to November 1.
Departure 3:30 p.m. at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.

Opening hours
7:30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. (from last Sunday in September to last Saturday in March)
7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in September)
7 a.m. – 11 p.m. (months of June, July and August)

Access

Métro
Line 1: Concorde, Tuileries or Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre stops
Line 7: Pyramides or Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre stops
Line 8: Concorde stop
Line 12: Concorde stop
Line 14: Pyramides stop

RER
Line C: Musée d’Orsay stop, then cross the L. S. Senghor footbridge

Bus
Lines 24, 48, 69 and 81

Vélib’
Bike stations north of the garden: 2, rue Cambon; 2, rue d’Alger; 5, rue de l’Echelle; 165, rue Saint-Honoré
Bike stations south of the garden: right (north) bank, quai Anatole-France (L. S. Senghor footbridge)

Garden bookshop at the Concorde gate
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 60 61 61
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Monday