"The Louvre" Musée du Louvre Tip by Erin74

Musée du Louvre, Paris: 796 reviews and 1,585 photos

  The Louvre, as seen from under the glass pyramid
by Erin74
 
 

The Louvre is Paris' largest and most famous museum. While the sheer size of it and the enormous amount of art is contains can intimidate visitors, it is one of the major "must see" sights in Paris.

The Louvre was built by Philippe Auguste in 1204 and was originally the royal palace, home to kings and queens. After Louis XIV moved the royal court to Versailles, The Louvre was transformed into a museum. Its collection, which ranges from Egyptian art of 5000 BC to nineteenth-century work, is divided into seven departments: Oriental and Islamic Antiquities; Egyptian Antiques; Greek, Roman and Etruscan Antiques; Painting; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; as well as Graphic Arts.

In 1981 President Miterrand initiated a rehabilitation of The Louvre. At this time, the glass pyramid (designed by I.M. Pei) was added to the exterior of the building.

The Louvre hosts one of the greatest art collections in the world. The core collection was formed by François 1, and later added to by Henri II and Catherine de Medicis. The Old Master collection was developed by Louis XIV and important Spanish and Dutch works were acquired by Louis XVI. One of the most popular exhibits here is the exceptional collection of European paintings which range from I400 to I900.

Some of the most famous works located at The Louvre (these will be crowded, you may want to arrive early in the day to view them!):
Mona Lisa
Winged Victory
Venus De Milo

I also recommend checking out the excellent exhibit of Egyptian artifacts. It is very impressive.

ADMISSION COST:
Permanent collections and temporary exhibitions: 7,50 euros.
After 3pm: 5 euros
Sunday: 5 euros

Address: 75001 Paris Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Directions: Take the Metro line 1 to: Palais-Royal, Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Website: http://www.louvre.fr/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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