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Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre...
Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view, thanks to the sponsorship of Shiseido.
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The Musée du Louvre from the Seine
The view of the palace from the Seine takes in the entire facade of the Grande Galerie, together with the Flore wing. The Grands Guichets du Carrousel (formerly the museum's main entrance) were built by Lefuel in 1868–70. Today, they provide access to the Cour Napoléon from the riverside.
The Pyramid at Night
Since 1989, when it was inaugurated, the Pyramid has dominated the Cour Napoléon. Designed by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei as the main entrance to the museum, its transparent steel and glass framework allows visitors to admire the palace facades from the lobby beneath.
Cour Napoléon from the Carrousel Esplanade
The esplanade in the Jardins du Carrousel is dominated by Percier and Fontaine's triumphal arch of 1806–8, marking the courtyard entrance to the Tuileries palace (razed by the Communards in 1871). The esplanade affords fine views of the palace, in particular Napoleon III's "New Louvre."
From the last Egyptian Pharoahs to Cleopatra
Sully wing - 1st floor - Room 30 - From the last Egyptian pharaohs to Cleopatra, 404–30 BC
Egyptian culture enjoyed a final flourish under the last of the independent, indigenous pharaohs. Subsequently, under the Greek Ptolemaic rulers, Egypt became part of the Persian and Macedonian empires, facilitating the spread of its distinctive culture throughout the Hellenistic world.
The New Kingdom: Tutankhamun and his Successors
Sully wing - 1st floor - Room 26 - The New Kingdom
After the death of the monotheist Akhenaten, the pharaohs Tutankhamun and Horemheb were keen to restore the traditional gods. Despite the continuing influence of the new style initiated by Akhenaten in the Amarna era, the art of this period shows a return to more classical forms.
The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.