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The Pyramid Project

Museum spaces - Archives - May 15, 2016

In late June 2014, the Musée du Louvre embarked on what will be its biggest construction project over the coming few years.

Inaugurated in 1989, I. M. Pei's Pyramid was originally designed to receive 4.5 million visitors a year. Twenty-five years later, annual museum attendance has skyrocketed past the 9 million mark.

The undersized infrastructure leads to considerable inconveniences for visitors, such as long wait lines and noise pollution, and makes it difficult for them to find their bearings.

As part of a wider effort to promote the Louvre's collection, 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 collection.

The entrances and reception areas under the Pyramid will be reorganized, moving logistical functions such as ticket sales, cloakrooms and restrooms to the periphery of the Pyramid in order to enhance the visitor experience.

With this project, designed by museum staff and the architectural firm Search, the iconic Hall Napoléon will revert back to its original function as a visit planning area, regaining its grandeur and serenity without interfering with the building's architecture.

Improvements to visitor reception will continue in the galleries with the generalization of bilingual artwork labels (in French and English) throughout the museum, as well as the development of a visual and audio app for self-guided visits. Visitors can use the application to locate their position upon entering the museum and find their way around. It will feature commentaries of nearly seven hundred artworks at the Louvre in a choice of nine languages.

The reception areas under the Pyramid have been redesigned with the support of Kinoshita Group, DS Automobiles, and Natixis.
The project also benefited from the support of TOTO.

Hall Napoléon libéré de sa banque d’information (projet)

Hall Napoléon libéré de sa banque d’information (projet)

© Agence Search

Practical information

The Musée du Louvre, Tuileries Garden and Cour Carrée will remain closed until further notice.

All those who have purchased a ticket online will automatically receive a refund – no action is required. Due to the number of refunds we have to process, this operation may take up to three months.

Thank you for your understanding.

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