Today, the Louvre is one of the most important and most visited museums in the world. It is also the biggest museum in Paris, extending over 210,000 m². This former royal palace, residence of the Kings of France has a long history from the Capetian kings of the 12th century to the present day. During the French Revolution, in 1793, it was transformed into a national museum. In 1988, President François Mitterrand decided to make the Louvre the greatest museum in the world and commissioned the architect Leoh Ming Pei. The latter built the 20-metre-high glass pyramid which forms the entrance to the museum.
The museum presents 35,000 works, in eight different departments: Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Islamic arts, Sculpture, Art Objects, Paintings, and Graphic Arts from the Middle Ages until 1848. Among the most famous works on show are The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, La Liberté Guidant le Peuple by Eugène Delacroix, The Venus de Milo, or the Code d’Hammurabi.
Open everyday (except on Tuesdays): from 9am to 6pm.
Wednesday and Friday: 9am-10pm.
14 July: free entrance, closing time 6pm
24 and 31 December: closing time 5pm
Open on those public holidays:
Easter | Easter Monday | Ascension Day | Whitsuntide | Whit Monday | 14 July | 15 August | 1 November | 11 November