How to Use the Louvre
You are about to enter the Louvre, the world’s largest and most-visited museum, drawing nearly 10 million people each year. It is a museum dedicated to education, with the primary mission to preserve and pass on our heritage to future generations.
To help you make the most of your visit, while respecting the collections and other visitors, we invite you to discover what the Louvre is all about and how you can help us preserve the collections it houses.
Enjoy your visit!
Did you know that the Louvre extends beyond the palace walls? The Carrousel and Tuileries gardens, the Musée Eugène-Delacroix, and the Gypsotheque at Versailles are also part of the Louvre and await your visit.
The palace and the museum
Originally a simple defensive fortress, the Louvre was for a long time one of the main residences of French kings.
It became a museum in 1793, and now exhibits over 73,000 sq. m of Western artworks from the Middle Ages to 1848, as well as the art of the ancient civilizations that preceded and influenced them. Some 35,000 artworks are on display, the oldest of which date back over seven thousand years.
The museum collections are grouped into eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Islamic Art; Paintings; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; and Prints and Drawings.
To find out more, you can consult:
The history of the Louvre: from 1190 to the present day, the Louvre has enjoyed a rich and eventful history.
Our databases: several databases can be used to search the museum collections.
The Louvre Auditorium program: located beneath the Pyramid, the Auditorium boasts a varied program of events from September to July for a wide audience. Events include conferences and seminars, as well as concerts, films and art history lectures.
Find out what's on now in the Exhibitions & Events section.
The Musée National Eugène-Delacroix
Attached to the Musée du Louvre since 2004, the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix is set in the apartment the painter moved to in 1857, Place Furstenberg, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The museum houses a number of collections featuring paintings, pastels, drawings, lithographs, letters and memorabilia relating to the artist. The recently renovated garden gives visitors a haven of peace and quiet at the heart of Paris.
Visit the Musée Eugène-Delacroix website: http://www.musee-delacroix.fr/en/
The Tuileries and Carrousel gardens
The gardens are immediately adjacent to the Louvre, between the museum and the Place de la Concorde.
The Tuileries garden is the largest and oldest public park in Paris. With its stunning landscape art, perspectives and sculptures, it provides visitors with a relaxing setting in the heart of the city.
Tours of the garden are scheduled at 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from late April to late October. Tours depart from the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.
For more information on the Tuileries garden: http://www.louvre.fr/en/departments/tuileries-and-carrousel-gardens
The Louvre Gypsotheque at Versailles
In the sumptuous setting of the Petite Ecurie du Roy, the royal stables built by Jules Hardouin Mansart opposite the Château de Versailles, the Louvre Gypsotheque boasts an exceptional display of plaster casts of classical models, as well as a rich architectural collection.
The gypsotheque can be visited by guided tour (see the Activities & Tours section).
The Louvre, and beyond
The Musée du Louvre has also initiated numerous projects in France and abroad, including two of exceptional significance:
The Louvre-Lens, inaugurated in December 2012, provides a new look at the Louvre collections. Spanning 120 meters, the Galerie du Temps gives visitors a unique overview. Using a single exhibition space and a timeline presentation, it brings together 205 artworks highly varied in nature and origin, from Mesopotamian statuettes and ancient sculptures to painting masterpieces.
For more information: http://www.louvrelens.fr/en/home
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, set to open in 2017, will be the first universal museum in the Middle East. In cooperation with the Agence France-Muséums, the Louvre is contributing its museography and scientific expertise to the project.
For more information: http://www.louvre.fr/en/louvre-abu-dhabi
The Louvre is open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free admission on the first Saturday of each month
from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.