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La pyramide d’I.M. Pei

The “Pyramid” Project (2014-2016). Improving visitor reception


In late June 2014, the Musée du Louvre embarked on what will be its biggest construction project in the coming few years. Inaugurated in 1989, I.M. Pei’s Pyramid was originally designed to receive 4.5 million visitors. Twenty years later, annual museum attendance has nearly reached the 10 million mark, with 70% of all visitors coming from abroad. An insufficient carrying capacity results in considerable inconvenience, such as long waiting lines and noise pollution, and makes it difficult for visitors to find their bearings.
As part of a wider effort to promote the Louvre’s collections, the Pyramid Project is the first phase of a large-scale project aiming to put the visitor back at the center of the museum and its permanent collections.
The entrances and reception areas under the Pyramid will be reorganized, moving logistical functions such as ticket sales, cloakrooms and restrooms to the Pyramid’s outermost perimeter in order to enhance visitor experience. With this project, conceived by museum staff and architectural firm Search, the iconic Hall Napoléon will revert back to its original function as visit planning area, regaining its grandeur and serenity without losing its architectural integrity.

Dispositif Le Cratère d’Antée, un chef-d’œuvre de la céramique grecque

Louvre - DNP Museum Lab. Masterpieces of the Ancient Greek World


Discover the Musée du Louvre's collection of ancient Greek art through digital displays developed as part of the Louvre - DNP Museum Lab project. These fun and interactive displays provide tools for better understanding and appreciating the works on display.

Bactrian princess

Context, architectural design, and ambition - Louvre Abu Dhabi


The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has drawn on the expertise of the French museum world to create a major new art museum. In a joint agreement signed in 2007, the governments of the United Arab Emirates and France decided to create a universal museum, bearing the name Louvre Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in December 2015.

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Published on Aug 19, 2014

Jeune Émir à l’étude

Birth of a Museum. Louvre Abu Dhabi


Louvre Abu Dhabi is unveiling the best of its new collection for the first time in France; more than one hundred and sixty of the finest masterpieces already acquired by the UAE museum will be presented in May in Paris, during a major exhibition entitled "Birth of a Museum".
Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will be opening in December 2015, will be the first universal museum created in the Middle East, a region at the crossroads of civilizations. Its collection of old and contemporary works from different countries has been gradually growing since 2009 with each new acquisition. The exhibition will enable the French public to get a preview of the cultural wealth of the collection of the future museum and also to grasp the architectural and cultural project.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace at the top of the Daru staircase Louvre Museum, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities

Conservation treatment of the Winged Victory of Samothrace and its monumental staircase


The great project to conserve the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Daru staircase where it is showcased will start on September 3, 2013. It will last over a year and a half and entail an exceptional spatial rearrangement; the Winged Victory will not be visible to the public from September 3, 2013 to Summer 2014. This major undertaking, with a budget of four million euros, has received the support of Nippon Television Holdings, F. Marc de Lacharrière (Fimalac) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project, with a contribution of three million euros. The Louvre Museum wishes to open the possibility for all to contribute to this ambitious project through the “Tous mécènes !” (All Donors!) campaign, in order to raise the remaining one million euros necessary to complete the project.

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