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The Louvre's art collection is divided into eight departments:
1. Paintings: Prominent paintings include Raft of Medusa, and Liberty Leading the People.
2. Sculptures: Venus de Milo and Venus of Arles are some popular statues housed here.
3. Drawing & Prints: View 250,000 drawings, pastels, prints from the 11th to the 19th centuries.
4. Royal Furniture: Explore Napoleon III apartments.
5. Textiles: View tapestries donated by the Chagourys.
6. Jewelry: View the coronation crown of Louis XIV, Charles V's scepter, and more.
7. Writing: Find funerary, proprietary, and epigraphic inscriptions.
8. Decorative Objects: Collection spans the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century.
Home to around 480,000 works of art, of which 35,000 are on display, it is safe to say that there is a lot to see inside the Louvre. Here are some snippets of what you can expect.
The largest room in the Louvre, the Salle des États, is home to Mona Lisa and other remarkable Venetian paintings such as The Wedding Feast at Cana by Veronese, Titian’s Pastoral Concert, and Tintoretto’s The Coronation of the Virgin.
In the Louvre’s gallery of antiquities, you will find masterpieces of Greek sculpture such as the famous Venus de Milo, Venus of Arles, and Hermes Untying his Sandal here.
One of the six grand staircases built during the reign of the Second Empire in the 19th century, the monumental staircase is adorned by the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the most famous statue housed by the Louvre.
Musée Charles X, inaugurated in 1827 and named after King Charles X, is Louvre's Egyptian museum. Inside, you will find Egyptian antiquities from the New Empire to the Ptolemaic Period.
At the entrance to the Louvre’s Department of Egyptian Antiquities, you will be greeted by an enigmatic Sphinx. Inside, you will find a vast display of over 6,000 works such as the Seated Scribe and the statues of kings and queens.
The Grande Galerie is where you will be able to view Louvre’s impressive collection of Italian paintings, one of the largest and most impressive of its kind. You will find works by the greats such as Mantegna, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and, Caravaggio, here.
The glitziest gallery in the Louvre Museum, the Galerie d’Apollon houses the royal collection of 800 pieces of hardstone vessels and the French Crown Jewels. You will find historical diamonds such as the 140-carat Regent, the Sancy and the Hortensia, here.
Here, you will find some of the largest paintings in the Louvre, including masterpieces by 17th to 19th-century French painters such as Jacques-Louis David's Madame Récamier, Théodore Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa, and Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.
Built between 1854 and 1857, the Michelangelo gallery is home to Italian sculptures from the 16th to the 19th century. It was named after the Renaissance great, Michelangelo, whose work Slaves are also on display here. Other works include Cupid and Psyche and Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova.
Orginally the summer apartments of Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV, the royal apartments were turned into a museum after the French Revolution. The museum houses Louvre’s ancient Roman collections such as the fragment of the Ara Pacis, the Empress Livia, and the Emperor Hadrian.
Designed originally as a royal ballroom, the rooms gets it name from the four ‘caryatids’ made by the sculptor Jean Goujon that support the musicians’ gallery. Today, this spacious gallery displays a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. Some highlights here include Artemis with a Doe, Sleeping Hermaphrodite and Apollo Sauroktonos.
Galerie Campana features a long row of rooms where you will find ancient Greek pottery. The gallery has been named after Marquis Giampietro Campana, the man whose extensive collections account for a significant portion of the works displayed here. The gallery provides a comprehensive overview of Greek pottery.
Louvre’s collection of Islamic Art is housed here. You will find various art forms of the Islamic world (from Spain to India via North Africa and Egypt) from a time period ranging from the rise of Islam in the 7th century to the late 19th century. The department's collection includes over 3,000 artworks.
The Khorsabad courtyard displays the remains of a largest city of the ancient world, Dûr-Sharrukin, which was built by King Sargon II in the late 8th century BC. The fragments of the site were discovered by French archaeologists excavated them in the 19th century.
Created in 1824, the Galerie d’Angoulême houses some works from the Near Eastern collections, notably works from the Levant, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Cyprus. The oldest of all works at the Louvre is a statue that dates back to 7,000 BC, which is housed here.
These two courtyards in the Louvre showcases statues that were made for outdoor spaces. The Cour Puget houses sculptures from the 17th to the 19th century while the Cour Marly houses some of the statues that used to be on display at the Château de Marly.
The Louvre has four different book and gift stores where you will be able to find guides, books, art objects, replicas and merchandise related to temporary exhibitions and permanent collections.
The shops are closed on Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December. You can also also skip the crowds at the shops and visit the Louvre online store.
Budget: Tonic Hotel Du Louvre, Appi Hôtel
Mid-level: Relais du Louvre, Le Pradey, Hôtel Bonne Nouvelle
Luxury: Hôtel du Louvre, La Clef Louvre, Hôtel Cambon
A. Louvre tickets are available online. You can book tickets to the Louvre here.
A. Yes, the Louvre Museum is only accepting online reservations now. You can book your Louvre tickets online.
A. Skip-the-line tickets, guided tours and combo tours are the Louvre museum ticket options that are available.
A. Yes, children under 18 years of age; EU residents aged 18-25, and teachers of art can visit the museum free of cost.
A. Yes, both your Louvre tickets and guided tours include skip-the-line-access. With this, you get fast-track access to the museum without having to wait in long lines.
A. Yes, you can avail guided tours when visiting the Louvre. These can be booked in advance online.
A. Each guided tour group can comprise a maximum of 25 visitors now.
A. This depends on the type of tickets you purchase. While there are tickets that just offer your skip the line access, there are also tickets that give you skip the line access, along with an audioguide.
A. Louvre opening hours are Wednesday to Monday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (last entry at 5:30 PM). The museum remains closed on Tuesdays.
A. Louvre is located at Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France.
A. Yes, you can purchase same-day tickets online to the museum.
A. Currently, it is absolutely necessary to purchase tickets to the Louvre in advance, as only those with timed slot tickets are allowed in.
A. The best way to purchase Louvre Museum tickets is to buy them online. This allows you to book tickets in advance, opt for contactless modes of payment, avoid large crowds and even avail the many discounts available.
A. Yes, the Louvre has put in place many facilities and services so that visitors with disabilities can make the most of their visit. Along with loaning walking sticks, and wheelchairs, the Louvre offers reserved parking spots, disability-friendly restrooms and more.
A. Yes, there are many restaurants, cafes and takeaway counters at the Louvre.