Louvre is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument in Paris.

Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

The Louvre  is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the 1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum, and received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012.

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The building was extended many times to form the present Louvre Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture.[2] In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years.[3] During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces.

The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings, the majority of the works being royal and confiscated church property. Because of structural problems with the building, the museum was closed in 1796 until 1801. The collection was increased under Napoleon and the museum renamed the Musée Napoléon, but after Napoleon’s abdication many works seized by his armies were returned to their original owners.

The collection was further increased during the reigns of Louis XVIII and Charles X, and during the Second French Empire the museum gained 20,000 pieces. Holdings have grown steadily through donations and gifts since the Third Republic. The collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.

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Past Exhibitions
Treasures of the Oases of Uzbekistan. At the Crossroads of Caravan Routes
The exhibition "Treasures of the Oases of Uzbekistan. At the Crossroads of Caravan Routes" at the Louvre features masterpieces from the collections of museums in Uzbekistan.
24 Nov 2022 - 06 Mar 2023
Xavier Veilhan: Le Mobile n°4
From 13 October 2021, the work of Xavier Veilhan, Le Mobile n°4 (2017), is installed at the Louvre....
13 Oct 2021 - 24 Jan 2022
The Body in Movement. Dance and the Museum
The Petite Galerie at the Louvre is dedicated to art and culture education. At the moment, it offers...
06 Oct 2016 - 03 Jul 2017
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