Paris is full of art, history and delectable cuisine. The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic landmark of Paris.
The Louvre was established in 1793. The museum is housed in what was once the Louvre Palace, a fortress from the 12th and 13th centuries. Today, it holds an art collection of 380,000 objects ranging from prehistoric times to the 21st century. The Louvre also holds the title for the most visited art museum in the world, with 8.1 million visitors annually.
The museum’s most prominent feature is the Grand Louvre Pyramid. Below the glass pyramid is the lobby and main entrance to the museum.
Within The Louvre, you’ll find works from all over the world. The Egyptian antiquities depart holds over 50,000 pieces, including works that date back to 4,000 BC! The Greek, Etruscan and Roman department is one of the museum’s oldest departments, featuring works from the Neolithic period to the 6th century. The Louvre’s painting collection contains more than 7,500 works from the 13th century to the mid-1800s. Within the paining collection, you will find Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the only oil painting of its kind. You’ll also find works my Michelangelo, Johanness Vermeer and more.
This museum is part of the Paris Museum Pass, which allows you access to most of the museums in Paris.
Visit The Louvre’s official website to book your tickets and to help plan your visit!