The Musée du Louvre (The Louvre Museum) is one of the world’s largest and most famous museums (shares the list with The Metropolitan Museum Of Art). It officially contains over 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art. This is not all – it has 445000 pieces in total of tremendous work stored in its cellars, beyond the reach of the human eye. It has eight curatorial departments with more than 60,600 square metres (652,000 sq. ft.) area for collection and display.
It is an ultimate storehouse for art, sculptures, archaeological findings, paintings, and so much more exquisite work. It was initially the residential home for many French kings. Phillip II, king of France, began its construction. It was turned into a museum in 1793 during the French revolution.
The Louvre Museum holds some of the greatest pieces of all times – Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, le Radeau de la Méduse, la Liberté Guidant le Peuple, and the Vénus de Milo. It has the original Mona Lisa on permanent display and is protected by bulletproof glasses and bodyguards.
The Nazis used the Louvre Museum as a storehouse for stolen artwork during the Second World War. It has a 21m high glass pyramid that was built in 1989. A second Louvre Museum was opened in Abu Dhabi in 2017 for which (the name) they paid the originals a large sum for money.
The Louvre Museum has free entry on Friday evenings. Also, there is no fee for people under 18 years of age. The entrance in Louvre is €15 whereas tickets online cost €17 and you do not have to stand in queues then. This is a place with extensive masterpieces and a history of 200+ long years. There is a legend about The Louvre Museum being haunted by a mummy named Belphegor. This myth has been incorporated into multiple shows and movies’ plots.
The Louvre Museum has an official website that tells you all about visiting, artwork, donations, history, and how magnificent this place is and always will be!
Also check out The Metropolitan Museum Of Art: A Masterpiece In Itself!