The Musée du Louvre, hung with the private collections of
monarchs and their ministers, was first opened to the public in 1793,
during the Revolution. Within a decade; Napoleon had expanded it with
takings from his empire and made it the largest art collection on earth.
Until recently, it required heroic willpower and
stamina to navigate your way around the thousands of works on display.
The Grand Louvre project, however, has breathed new life into the
building : exhibition floor-space has almost doubled, necessitating a
complete reorganization in order to display the thousands of works of
art previously kept in the reserves. As a result of the improvements
brought about by the Mitterand's project, the number of visitors has
increased significantly and there are nearly always long queues to get
into the building. One way of avoiding the queues is to buy tickets in
advance : these are available from branches of FNAC, Virgin Megastore
in the Carrousel du Louvre and other big department stores. Lately,
many automatic cashier tickets have been displayed all around the
different entrances of the building.
Five minutes walking from Studio St-Germain
and Studio Mazarine
and Palais de Chaillot history
La Place de la Concorde
Musée du Louvre
Passages and Galeries