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Birth of a Universal Museum:
Louvre Abu Dhabi

The exhibition Birth of a Museum presents exceptional works from the collection of Louvre Abu Dhabi, for the first time in Paris. Showcasing the art of the greatest world civilizations, from early history to the contemporary scene, the selected works highlight the universal scope of the new museum, scheduled to open in December 2015.

We invite you to take this opportunity to discover Louvre Abu Dhabi: its rich collections, Jean Nouvel's extraordinary architectural setting, and the cultural aims and museography defining  this unprecedented venture.

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.


Together, the partner institutions of Louvre Abu Dhabi form the organization Agence France-Muséums: the Musée du Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Musée du Quai Branly, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, the École du Louvre, the Musée Rodin, the Domaine National de Chambord, and the OPPIC.


Click here for an overview of this exceptional project, in pictures.

Louvre Abu Dhabi: The vision

Louvre Abu Dhabi is an ambitious cultural project with a unique identity, defined by its profound commitment to discovery, openness and education.

Louvre Abu Dhabi: An intergovernmental agreement

The intergovernmental agreement signed on March 6, 2007 marks an unprecedented initiative, laying the foundations for a new model of cultural collaboration between two countries, centered on the birth of a national institution.

The teams at work

At the core of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project, teams from France and the Emirates are collaborating on research, knowledge-sharing and skills transfer.

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Panorama

Louvre Abu Dhabi is the Middle East's first universal museum, located on Saadiyat Island in the emirate's Cultural District, in a region at the crossroads of world civilizations.

Project and model of Louvre Abu Dhabi © Ateliers Jean NOUVEL

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Architecture and exhibition design

Building work for Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, is underway on Saadiyat Island. Conceived as a veritable living museum, the complex is built directly over the water, protected from the heat and sand by a vast cupola.

Project and model of Louvre Abu Dhabi © Ateliers Jean NOUVEL

Practical information

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre   
From May 2, 2014 to 28 July, 2014     

Opening hours
Daily except Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.
Night opening on Wednesday and Friday until 9.45 p.m.     

Exhibition only: €13    
Combined ticket (permanent collections + Birth of a Museum): €16      
Free admission for under-18s, job-seekers, Louvre card-holders (Jeunes, Enseignants, Professionnels, Étudiants Partnenaires, and Amis du Louvre/Friends of the Louvre)      

Further information 
+33 (0) 1 40 40 53 17  


Images: Actarus Films -Louis-Pascal Couvelaire, Ivan Rousseau
Directed and edited by: Patrick Ladoucette         
Production: PACEM Musée du Louvre            
In association with the Tourism Development & Investment Company and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
© Musée du Louvre 2014                                     
Films produced for the exhibition organized by the Musée du Louvre and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.


In media partnership with Le Figaro, France Inter, RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya, CNN International.


Audio Guide

Artwork captions

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Louvre Abu Dhabi: Birth of a Museum


Available in:
French (€45)
English (€49)
Arabic (€65)



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