Museum Louvre (Musee Louvre)
Information date : 23-11-2009 18:58:10
Modification author : Jarek Wojtach
Modification date : 04-01-2016 15:02:10
This architectural complex knows today as the Louvre has history spans over eight centuries. Its origins date back to the late XII century, when King Philippe Auguste decided to protect his new capital. This castel's keep became a symbol of monarchic power, but soon lost its strategic vocation as a royal treasure house and prison. The remains of the medieval Louvre are open to the public and accessible directly from the museum's entrance hall benath the Pyramid, symbol of the modern Louvre.
In the 1360 , King Charles V transformed the Louvre into a royal residence. The palace subsequently lost its royal function and it was'nt until the sixteen century that another monarch, Francois I, took up residence in the Louvre. In the begining of XVI century architect Pierre Lescot rebuild the building of palace in Renaissance style.
Henri II and his wife Catherina de Medicis, decided to build a new palace outside walls of castel. In 1566 Charles IX undertook the construction of a long „riverside” gallery linking the two buildings. Henri IV, who would make Paris the political center of his kingdom. Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles and rebuilt Louvre under direction of architect Louis Le Vau.
Louis XIV opened the royal collections to the public.
The „Grand Louvre” project lauched by President Francois Mitterand in 1981 is confirmation of the preeminent role of the museum in public life. The reorganization of the palace's interior was undertaken by a team of architects led by the Chinese born, American architect I.M.Pei. His pyramid above the monumental entrance hall has become the symbol of one of the greatest museum in the world.
Tickets for the Permanent Collections
This ticket provides full-day access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon. It is also valid for the Musée Eugène Delacroix.
(from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.)
This ticket provides access to the Louvre, except for temporary exhibitions in the Hall Napoléon, on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Museum Opening Hours
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: December 25, 2009 and January 1st, 2010. The permanent collection and temporary exhibitions will close at 5 p.m. on December 24 and 31, 2009 (Wednesday).
The museum is open until 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday evenings (rooms begin closing at 9:30 p.m.).
Admission to the Louvre is free on the first Sunday of every month.
The Pyramid and Galerie du Carrousel entrances are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., except Tuesday.
The Passage Richelieu is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
The Porte des Lions entrance is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Tuesday and Friday.
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