The largest museum in Paris is an inevitable rendez-vous for all expats who visit Paris and who want to know more about the history of this city that welcomes them. The Louvre is full of treasures from many eras. A beautiful way to cross history in an emblematic monument of Paris.
The history of the Louvre
The Louvre has not always been a museum. Home to the French heads of state, the Louvre has long been a place where the history of Paris and France was played out. Founded in 1775-76 by the Count of Angivillier, director of the King’s Buildings, it was not until 1793 that the Louvre became a museum. Its exhibition area is 72,735 m2 and is now the title of the largest museum of art and antiques in the world.
Collections and departments
When you visit the Louvre Museum, you can admire works of Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848 divided into 8 collections: Painting, Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, oriental antiques, sculptures, works of art, Islamic arts, graphic arts, Pavillon de l’Horloge. At the moment, the Museum’s programming is very rich, you can see in particular an exhibition on the taste of the Georges Marteau and His Collection – A Taste of the Orient (until February 3, 2020) as well as Officer & Gentleman in the 19th Century – The Horace His de La Salle Collection (until February 10) and Jean-Michel Othoniel at the Louvre – The Rose of the Louvre (until February 24, 2020).
The museum is open every day except Tuesday. Due to the high attendance of the Louvre Museum, we advise you to go there at the opening or at night. Buying your tickets online will also save you time on the spot.
This article is part of our section “The monuments of Paris” that we have at heart to present and thus make your Parisian daily as informative as possible.