Go to content Change language

Home>The New Departmentof Islamic Art

The New Department
of Islamic Art

The Department of Islamic Art is the newest department in the Musée du Louvre. Created in 2003, its refurbishment has been underway since 2008. From September 2012 it is due to reopen in a completely new, restyled setting, which will provide its collections with a space befitting their prominence within the museum.
Before its inauguration, we invite you to take a look behind the scenes of this incredible project.

The Department of Islamic Art is due to exhibit nearly 3,000 works, whose origins range from Spain to India and date from the 8th to the 19th century. Its holdings amount to 18,000 works from the Louvre’s collections or on long-term loan from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs as agreed in 2005.

The collections of the Department of Islamic Art at the Musée du Louvre

In anticipation of your visit to the new Department of Islamic Art, four of the collection’s outstanding works are waiting to be discovered right now.

Masterpieces (1)

Masterpieces (2)

Find out more about the Department of Islamic Art and its collections on the Musée du Louvre main website.

Practical information

The new galleries of the Department of Islamic Art will open to the public in September 2012.

For more information:

Department of Islamic Art
Press contact

Musée du Louvre, 75058 Paris - France

+ 33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

Online shop

Islamic art at the Musee du Louvre

39 €



Images taken between April 2005 and January 2012, audiovisual archive footage on the creation of the Department of Islamic Art.

Images: Richard Copans, Valéry Gaillard, Antoine Parouty, and Renaud Personnaz

Direction and editing: Patrick Ladoucette

Music: Frédéric Perol

English translation: Susan Schneider

Translation coordination: Anne-Myrtille Renoux

© Musée du Louvre 2012