The Louvre Museum

Paris, Île-de-France Region, France

The Louvre
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The Louvre or Louvre Museum is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, originally built as a fortress in the late 12th century under Philip II.

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The Louvre Museum

The Louvre contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments with more than 60,600 square metres (652,000 sq ft) dedicated to the permanent collection. The Louvre exhibits sculptures, objets d'art, paintings, drawings, and archaeological finds.

The Louvre is owned by the French government; however, since the 1990s it has become more independent. Since 2003, the museum has been required to generate funds for projects.

The Louvre Museum Categories

  • Art Museums and Galleries

    After Louis XIV chose Versailles as his residence in 1682, he permitted the Louvre to be used as a residence for artists. During the French Revolution the Louvre was transformed into a public museum.
  • Castles and Palaces

    The Louvre Palace, which houses the Louvre Museum, was a fortress in the 12th century, with remnants of this building still visible in the crypt. The Louvre Palace was altered frequently throughout the Middle Ages. In the 14th century, Charles V converted the building into a residence.
  • Man-Made

  • Superlatives

    The Louvre is the world's most visited museum, averaging 15,000 visitors per day, 65 percent of whom are foreign tourists.
  • Television and Movie Locations

    The Louvre became a point of interest in the book The Da Vinci Code and the 2006 film based on the book, the museum earned $2.5 million by allowing filming in its galleries.

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