Musée du Louvre

One of the world’s most impressive museums, the Louvre contains some 35,000 priceless objects. Built as a fortress by King Philippe-Auguste in 1190, Charles V (1364–80) was the first king to make it his home. In the 16th century François I replaced it with a Renaissance-style palace and founded the royal art collection with 12 paintings from Italy. Revolutionaries opened the collection to the public in 1793. Shortly after, Napoleon renovated the Louvre as a museum.

  • Musée du Louvre, 75001

  • 01 40 20 50 50

  • www.louvre.fr

  • Open 9am–6pm Mon, Thu, Sat & Sun, 9am–10pm Wed & Fri; closed Tue & public hols

  • Admission €9 (subject to change); reduced price of €6 after 6pm Wed & Fri; free 1st Sun of month; under 18s free; under 26s (EU only) free ...

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