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Musee du Louvre (II)

Finding your way around the museum

    There are two entrances to the museum where you can buy tickets. The main entrance, with a bookshop, café and information desk, is the Hall Napoléon, reached via the Pyramid or the underground Carrousel du Louvre. The Carrousel du Louvre can be accessed directly from the metro, on either side of the Arc du Carrousel and at 99, rue de Rivoli.  The other entrance, the Porte des Lions, at the Tuileries end of the Denon wing, gives direct access to the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. For those who already have a ticket, the entrance in the passage Richelieu (between Place du Palais Royal and Cour Napoléon) avoids the queue for the pyramid.
    Lifts and escalators lead from the Hall Napoléon to each of the three wings of the four floor building. The wings are Sully, around the Cour Carrée; Denon, the south wing; and Richelieu, the north wing. At first overwhelming and seemingly nonsensical, the layout of the museum is a delight to unravel. The indispensable floor-plan, available free from the information desk in the hall Napoléon, highlights some of the more renowned masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa, for those wishing to do a whistle-stop tour, although don't expect to be able to contemplate them peacefully.
    The museum's collections are divided into seven main categories : Painting, prints and drawings, Oriental Antiquities and Islamic Arts, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Objets d'Art, and Sculpture. Each category spreads over more than one wing and several floors. There is also an exhibition on the history of the Louvre, called the Medieval Louvre in which you can visit the foundations of Philipe Auguste's fortress and Charles V's fourteenth-century palace conversion via the moats under the cour Carrée on the entresol (lower ground level) of the Sully wing. A new, though probably temporary, collection, made up of 120 works of art from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, opened in 2000. It is likely that the collection will be moved to the new collection at the quai Branly in the near future.


Musée d'Orsay : Visit and collections

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