The Louvre Museum - Sightseeing Paris - Ralph Starkweather
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The world's largest museum.

The Louvre Museum is the world's largest museum; it is a temple of the arts, a veritable treasure trove which houses artefacts and masterpieces from the four corners of the globe.

Commissioned by Francis I of France in the 16th century, the Louvre is today one of the most visited monuments in the world.

Within its walls, visitors can admire Egyptian, Western and Islamic artwork and Etruscan, Roman and Medieval works of painting and sculpture. The collections include truly legendary works such as Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Veronese's Wedding at Cana or the famed Venus de Milo.

The Louvre has decorative arts sections where you can admire objects dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. You can see the famous statuette of Charlemagne or Charles le Chauve, a self portrait medallion by Jean Fouquet or furniture in the rococo style.
The Louvre Museum possesses a department for the conservation of prints and drawings, which exhibits a selection of the works for part of the year, owing to their fragile nature.

For the past few years the Louvre has included a section dedicated to primitive art, an annex of the Quai Branly museum. There you can admire over 100 masterpieces of African, Asian, Australasian and American art.

All year long :
    Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00
    Wednesday and Friday from 09:00 to 21:45
    On first Sunday of the month from 09:00 to 18:00
        Special Fees :

Admission prices :
    Full price : 15 €
    Up to 17 years : Free
    Unemployed : Free

Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 8 May, 11 November and 25 December

Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.
The Hall Napoléon is open 9am-10pm, every day except Tuesday.

99, rue de Rivoli

75001 Paris

Phone number
01 40 20 50 50


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