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The Louvre - Resources for Art Lovers

Katherine loves art history and visits art galleries and museums on a regular basis. She also writes exhibition reviews.


Visit and find out about the Louvre Museum in Paris

The Louvre is a very large and famous museum in Paris. 9.72 million people visited the Louvre in 2012 - 3.5 million more than any other museum in the world. Some 10 million people are expected to visit in 2014.

If you are planning a visit - or would just like to be a virtual visitor - this is the site for you.

Housed in the Palais du Louvre in Paris

* the Louvre museum is vast and it's impossible to see all there is quickly.

* the new Louvre Website makes the museum more accessible - but is also huge!

What this site does is help you make some choices about what to see if you want to plan a visit. It makes resources on the website much more accessible and places them alongside other resource links and related books for art lovers - and actual and virtual visitors to this Paris museum.

You are now entering the Louvre.....

Entrance to the Louvre Museum

Entrance to the Louvre Museum

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This site has been awarded a purple star for INCREDIBLE CONTENT

If you want to see everything you must walk 14 kilometers (8 miles)

Below you can find links to different parts of the vast Louvre website.

A lot of people just find searching for the button which converts the website to English quite enough of a challenge!

  • Louvre Museum Official Website
    The official site of the Louvre Museum (Paris, France) : Collection & Departments, Exhibitions, Guided Tours, Virtual Tours, Calendar, History of the Louvre, Gardens, Concerts, Lectures & Symposia, Readings & Performances, Opening Hours
  • The History of the Louvre: From Chteau to Museum | Louvre Museum
    The Louvre, in its successive architectural metamorphoses, has dominated central Paris since the late 12th century. Built on the city's western edge, the original structure was gradually engulfed as the city grew. The dark fortress of the early days
  • Another Way to Visit the Louvre.... | Louvre Museum
    Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the faades of the Louvre....Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view, thanks to the sponsorship of Shiseido. A QuickTime plug-in is required (version 5 or later).
  • Thirty-Five Thousand Works of Art | Louvre Museum
    The Muse du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art drawn from eight departments, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections. Explore the works on display, taking a thematic or cross-departmental appro
  • Interactive Floor Plans
    Diagrams of the exterior and interior
  • Exploring the Museum on Your Own | Muse du Louvre
    The Louvre Web site offers a number of thematic trails designed to give you an overview of the scope and richness of the museum's collections. Each trail is based on a selection of works that typify a period, an artistic movement, or a theme.They can
  • Muse du Louvre | Facebook
    Welcome to the official Facebook Page about Muse du Louvre. Join Facebook to start connecting with Muse du Louvre.
  • Twitter - MuseeLouvre!/MuseeLouvre

The pyramids have celebrated their 20th birthday

The Pyramids at the Louvre Museum

The Pyramids at the Louvre Museum

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The Louvre is visited by more people each year than any other art museum in the world

9,720,260 visited in 2012

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8.8 million visited in 2011

8.5 million visited in 2008, 2009 and 20010!

The Louvre rounds its visitor numbers and does not reveal exact visitor numbers raising some doubt over exactly how many they do get.

BOOKS: About the Louvre - books on Amazon

80 percent of the people only want to see the Mona Lisa

Crowds around the Venus de Milo

Crowds around Venus de Milo The Louvre Paris

Crowds around Venus de Milo The Louvre Paris

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...and more crowds around the Mona Lisa

Crowds around Mona Lisa The Louvre Paris

Crowds around Mona Lisa The Louvre Paris

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But look! No crowds around this da Vinci right next door!


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Mobile Apps for The Louvre - software to access the Louvre collection and information about the museum

Muse du Louvre official application

Paintings in the Louvre

The key to enjoying a visit to the Louvre is knowing what paintings it has in its collection and where they are!

  • Paintings in the Louvre
    The Department of Paintings reflects the encyclopedic scope of the Louvre, encompassing every European school from the 13th century to 1848. The collection is overseen by twelve curators, who are among the most renowned experts in their field.
  • Introduction to paintings in the Louvre
    The Louvre's collection of Italian and Spanish paintings occupies the entire first floor of the Denon wing; French and Northern schools, arranged in chronological order, take up the entire second floor of the Cour Carre and the Richelieu wing. This i
  • Paintings - selected works
    205 selected works
  • French paintings - 81 selected works
    French Painting - The Louvre's collection of French paintings is unrivaled anywhere in the world, with an extraordinary range of works from the 13th to the 19th centuries, including pictures by Fouquet, Poussin, Le Brun, Watteau, Boucher, Chardin, Da
  • Italian Painting - 46 selected works
    Dating back to the reign of Francis I of France, the Italian paintings constitute the Louvre's oldest extant collection, with works representing 700 years of Italian art: Giotto, Botticelli, Mantegna, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Veronese, Car
  • Ducth painting - 32 selected works
    Dutch Painting - The extensive collection of Dutch works offers a comprehensive overview of genre paintings, portraits, landscapes and still lifes by prestigious painters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruysdael and Heda.
  • Flemish painting - 21 selected works
    Flemish Painting - The remarkable series of primitive works by Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Bouts and Memling, as well as series of works by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens, are the highlights in this comprehensive panorama of Flemish painting from the 1

BOOK: Louvre: Portrait of a Museum

"Louvre" is the first book to explore the inner workings of the world''s most popular museum, department by department, from its 13th century origins to its ongoing transformation.

From Mona Lisa's smile to Napoleon's plundered treasures and I. M. Pei's controversial glass pyramid, Louvre: Portrait of a Museum presents one of the world's greatest and most popular museums not as a sum of its masterpieces, but as a living, changing institution that reflects the artistic, political, and social history of the western world. It features 650 magnificent reproductions, previously unpublished archival plans and documents, and lively essays on the museum's history and collections.

BOOK/DVD: The Louvre: All the Paintings - Hardcover + DVD

For the first time ever, every painting from the world's most popular museum is available in one stunning book. All 3,022 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection of the Louvre are presented in full color in this striking, slipcased book. Comes with an enclosed, supportive DVD-ROM.

The DVD-ROM is easily browsable by artist, date, school, art historical genre, or location in the Louvre. This last feature allows readers to tour the Louvre and its contents room by room, as if they were actually walking through the building.

DVD-ROM System Requirements: DVD-ROM runs on a PC (Windows 2000/XP or later) and MAC (OSX 10.4.8 or later) running the following browser software Internet Explorer 7 or 8; Firefox 3.6 and above; or Safari 5.0 and above

BOOKS: Paintings in the Louvre - books on Amazon

Exhibitions at the Louvre

Intrestingly although the Louvre is the most popular art museum by a very long way, the Louvre does not tend to host the top art exhibitions.

The top exhibition at the Louvre in 2010 was "Holy Russia: Russian Art" which attracted a total of 263,308 visitors. It ranked as the 20th most popular exhibition in the world.

VIDEO: Panorama of the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - my video shot in September 2009

This is how big the Louvre is - and is why it takes sooooooooo long to get all the way round!

This is the video I shot on my visit to the Louvre in Paris in September 2009. I'm at the Tulieries Garden doing a slow revolve which illustrates just how big this museum in a former palace really is

Where is the Louvre in Paris? - The Louvre on Google Maps

The Musee du Louvre is in the centre of Paris right next to the River Seine and the Jardins des Tuileries

The Louvre - practical information for the visitor

The address of the Louvre is Muse du Louvre, 75058 Paris cedex 01, FRANCE

  • How to Get Here | Louvre Museum
    MtroPalais-Royal-Muse du Louvre station.BusThe following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus.Includes a map of its location and entrances
  • Hours | Louvre Museum
    The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rooms begin closing at 5:30) every day except Tuesday and the following holidays: January 1st, May 1st and December 25, 2009. The permanent collection and temporary exhibitions will close at 5 p.m. on Decembe
  • General Admission Fees | Louvre Museum
    €9This ticket provides full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napolon. Itis also valid for the Muse Eugne Delacroix.€6(from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.)This ticketprovides access to the Louvre, except f...
  • Free Admission | Muse du Louvre
    Admission to the Louvre and the Muse Eugne Delacroix is free for the following (valid ID required):
  • Advance Tickets | Muse du Louvre
    Buy your ticket ahead of time and avoid the lines in front of the Pyramid and at the ticket windows.Tickets sold in advance cannot be picked up at the Louvre.Tickets are valid every day of the year (except Tuesday, when the museum is closed, and on c
  • At Your Service | Louvre Museum
    The Louvre has a wide range of aids and amenities to ensure your visit is fruitful, from floor plans, audio guides, and program listings to cafs, media centers, and a bookstore.
  • Online Tickets & Shop | Louvre Museum
    To avoid waiting in line, you can buy your ticket in advance online. Tickets are valid every day except Tuesdays (when the museum is closed) and certain public holidays. Advance tickets cannot be picked up at the museum.
  • Les boutiques de muses - Louvre Museum
    This is the Museum shop - which also operates online
  • Disabled Visitors : Frequently Asked Questions | Muse du Louvre
    Frequently Asked Questions* How do I get to the Louvre?* How can wheelchair users access the Pyramid?* Where can I borrow a wheelchair?* What sort of print materials are available at the information desk under the Pyramid?* How can wheelchair users a
  • Groups: General conditions for groups | Muse du Louvre
    All group visits to the museum must be booked in advance. This enables us to schedule groups throughout the day, thereby avoiding overcrowding. Groups of up to twenty-five are admitted (twenty for the Department of Decorative Arts and temporary exhib

Pyramide du Louvre by I. M. Pei


The Louvre Pyramids by I M Pei - in the main courtyard (Cour Napolon) of the Louvre Palace

The Pyramids form a new visitor entrance to the Louvre Museum complex, connecting elegantly to expanded galleries below the courtyards. They were constructed in 1989

Friends of the Louvre

  • Socit des Amis du Louvre | Muse du Louvre
    The association continues to pursue its original mission to enrich the museum's collections. Since it was founded, the Socit des Amis du Louvre has purchased 704 works of art for the museum's eight curatorial departments. Many of these are among the
  • American Friends of the Louvre | Muse du Louvre
    The mission of American Friends of the Louvre is to strengthen ties between the Louvre and its American public and to raise awareness and financial support in the United States for the Louvre. American Friends of the Louvre is an American non-profit

BOOK: The Judgement of Paris - Manet, Meissonier and an artistic revolution

I now want to go back and take another look at all a painting by Meissonier which I noticed while walking through the galleries of French paintings!

The theft of the Mona Lisa - on 21 August 1911

  • Mona Lisa Was Stolen
    It was unbelievable -- someone stole the most famous painting in the world. Follow this two year long caper that shocked the world.
  • The Independent | The cheek! From hapless chancers to masters of audacity
    A century ago today, an Italian stuck the Mona Lisa up his smock and started a global underworld trendWhen an Italian decorator called Vincenzo Peruggia walked out of the Louvre with the world's most famous painting under his smock a century ago toda
  • Stealing Mona Lisa | Style | Vanity Fair
    The shocking theft of the Mona Lisa, in August 1911, appeared to have been solved 28 months later, when the painting was recovered. In an excerpt from their new book, the authors suggest that the audacious heist concealed a perfect—and far more lucra

The Crimes of Paris - A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection

On August 21, 1911, came a crime like none other: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. In The Crimes of Paris, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler tell the gripping story of the theft and the investigation that followed.

Articles about Louvre Exhibitions

Blogging about the Louvre

  • Making a Mark: The Louvre Museum in Paris
    Initially I've just focused on paintings - and I've highlighted some of the collections. However there is a lot more to the Louvre than paintings. I think of it as being what you would get if you merged the British Museum and the National Gallery in
  • Travels with a Sketchbook in.......: A Day in the Muse du Louvre
    I find the Louvre to be a complete maze and I always get lost in it. It's difficult to get to grips with just how big the Louvre really is, how difficult it can be to navigate or how utterly frustrating this can be on occasion!
  • Le Louvre des Familles
    Dernirement, j’ai dcouvert une petite merveille : la carte Louvre Familles. Je vous entends d’ici : encore une carte, j’en ai plein mon portefeuille !. Alors j’ai dcid de tenir ce blog, et je vais vous prouver que cette carte est un trsor que vous de

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teelover on February 12, 2014:

Great lens, The Louvre definitely has deserved to be visited more than one or even few times!

bluelily lm on July 21, 2013:

After reading your lens about The Louvre certainly I think anyone visiting Europe on tour should come to this place to admire the world class art collection and sheer size of the place.

Katherine Tyrrell (author) from London on June 28, 2013:

@FanfrelucheHubs: Last time I went I did Chardin and the still life paintings!

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on June 28, 2013:

I went a few times since I live in Paris. If you only have one day you need to decide what you want to see in the first place and stick to it! To Egyptian rooms are my favorite and the Victory of Samothrace is really stunning.

Fiona Carroll from Sydney, Australia on July 18, 2012:

Informative. We all need help getting this scary place into some perspective. I dragged my children there twice! They actually didn't mind at all. They loved the Egyptian rooms.

cmadden on July 05, 2012:

Maybe one day (or three) I'll make it there. . . .

SaintFrantic on October 09, 2011:

This probably one of the most visit places.Thanks nice lens

AlisonMeacham on April 20, 2011:

I have been fortunate enough to visit The Louvre. It is an amazing place and I would love to go back. Squid Angel Blessings for your excellent lens.

MargoPArrowsmith on February 06, 2011:

Lensrolled to The Louvre: Essential, Little Known Tourist Tips and thumbs up liked

Valu LM on December 28, 2010:

I was in Louvre 3 times alredy and still did not see the whole museum. It takes you 2-3 days to see all exhibitions there.

dianazanoschi on December 02, 2010:

I spent 5 hours in Louvre and it wasn't enough. It's overwhelming! But amazing!

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