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The Louvre - Resources for Art Lovers

Updated on August 20, 2014
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Katherine loves art history and visits art galleries and museums on a regular basis. She also writes exhibition reviews.

Visit and find out about the Louvre Museum in Paris

The Louvre is a very large and famous museum in Paris. 9.72 million people visited the Louvre in 2012 - 3.5 million more than any other museum in the world. Some 10 million people are expected to visit in 2014.

If you are planning a visit - or would just like to be a virtual visitor - this is the site for you.

Housed in the Palais du Louvre in Paris

* the Louvre museum is vast and it's impossible to see all there is quickly.

* the new Louvre Website makes the museum more accessible - but is also huge!

What this site does is help you make some choices about what to see if you want to plan a visit. It makes resources on the website much more accessible and places them alongside other resource links and related books for art lovers - and actual and virtual visitors to this Paris museum.

You are now entering the Louvre.....

Entrance to the Louvre Museum
Entrance to the Louvre Museum

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This site has been awarded a purple star for INCREDIBLE CONTENT

If you want to see everything you must walk 14 kilometers (8 miles)

The Louvre Museum - official website / social media - Including links to the official Facebook and Twitter accounts

Below you can find links to different parts of the vast Louvre website.

A lot of people just find searching for the button which converts the website to English quite enough of a challenge!

The pyramids have celebrated their 20th birthday

The Pyramids at the Louvre Museum
The Pyramids at the Louvre Museum

Image: copyright Katherine Tyrrell - all rights reserved

The most popular art museum in the world - in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

The Louvre is visited by more people each year than any other art museum in the world

9,720,260 visited in 2012

8.8 million visited in 2011

8.5 million visited in 2008, 2009 and 20010!

The Louvre rounds its visitor numbers and does not reveal exact visitor numbers raising some doubt over exactly how many they do get.

BOOKS: About the Louvre - books on Amazon

The Louvre: Art & Architecture
The Louvre: Art & Architecture

Convenient compact format makes these books particularly handy to take along as a guide while viewing the great works featured within.

Louvre Up Close
Louvre Up Close

Focuses on the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum. An engaging find-the-detail game draws children into 24 works of art while lift-the-flap keys reveal the solutions.


80 percent of the people only want to see the Mona Lisa

Crowds around the Venus de Milo

Crowds around Venus de Milo The Louvre Paris
Crowds around Venus de Milo The Louvre Paris

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...and more crowds around the Mona Lisa

Crowds around Mona Lisa The Louvre Paris
Crowds around Mona Lisa The Louvre Paris

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But look! No crowds around this da Vinci right next door!

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Mobile Apps for The Louvre - software to access the Louvre collection and information about the museum

Muse du Louvre official application

Paintings in the Louvre

The key to enjoying a visit to the Louvre is knowing what paintings it has in its collection and where they are!

BOOK: Louvre: Portrait of a Museum

"Louvre" is the first book to explore the inner workings of the world''s most popular museum, department by department, from its 13th century origins to its ongoing transformation.

From Mona Lisa's smile to Napoleon's plundered treasures and I. M. Pei's controversial glass pyramid, Louvre: Portrait of a Museum presents one of the world's greatest and most popular museums not as a sum of its masterpieces, but as a living, changing institution that reflects the artistic, political, and social history of the western world. It features 650 magnificent reproductions, previously unpublished archival plans and documents, and lively essays on the museum's history and collections.

Louvre: Portrait of a Museum (Abradale Books)
Louvre: Portrait of a Museum (Abradale Books)

This is a reprint of the original edition


BOOK/DVD: The Louvre: All the Paintings - Hardcover + DVD

For the first time ever, every painting from the world's most popular museum is available in one stunning book. All 3,022 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection of the Louvre are presented in full color in this striking, slipcased book. Comes with an enclosed, supportive DVD-ROM.

The DVD-ROM is easily browsable by artist, date, school, art historical genre, or location in the Louvre. This last feature allows readers to tour the Louvre and its contents room by room, as if they were actually walking through the building.

DVD-ROM System Requirements: DVD-ROM runs on a PC (Windows 2000/XP or later) and MAC (OSX 10.4.8 or later) running the following browser software Internet Explorer 7 or 8; Firefox 3.6 and above; or Safari 5.0 and above

The Louvre: All the Paintings
The Louvre: All the Paintings

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; annotated edition edition (November 15, 2011)784 pages


BOOKS: Paintings in the Louvre - books on Amazon

1001 Paintings at the Louvre: From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century
1001 Paintings at the Louvre: From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century

This lavishly illustrated book provides a wonderful panorama of 4000 years of painting history all selected and reproduced in its pages by one of the most celebrated art photographers of our time. The book includes introductory texts and descriptive captions of the paintings chosen for inclusion.

Paintings in the Louvre
Paintings in the Louvre

Groundbreaking in its comprehensiveness and its reproduction quality, Paintings in the Louvre includes more than 800 European paintings, the most important masterpieces from the greatest collection in the world. 900 full-color illustrations.

Louvre: 400 Masterpieces
Louvre: 400 Masterpieces

400 Masterpiecesshowcases a selection of works from this great institution, from the most famous—theVenus de MiloandMona Lisa—to lesser-known gems. nbsp; With a foreword by the institution’s director, Henri Loyrette, the book is organized according to the museum’s eight departments: Near Eastern Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculptures; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings. The ninth and final chapter tells the history of this one time imperial palace as seen through its architecture. With its appealing format and carefully selected images, many newly photographed,Louvre: 400 Masterpiecesis the perfect book for museum visitors, art lovers, and Francophiles.

Dogs in the Louvre
Dogs in the Louvre

This beautiful volume is packed with works from all of the Louvre’s many departments. Each painting or sculpture is shown in its entirety and in detail, to highlight the canine presence, and is accompanied by short, illuminating commentary. The book opens with a preface in which the prize-winning author draws upon his own personal experiences with man’s most loyal companions. Dogs in the Louvre provides a delightfully unusual tour of the most visited gallery in the world, and invites the reader to engage in a fresh way with some of its perennially inspiring themes.


Exhibitions at the Louvre

Intrestingly although the Louvre is the most popular art museum by a very long way, the Louvre does not tend to host the top art exhibitions.

The top exhibition at the Louvre in 2010 was "Holy Russia: Russian Art" which attracted a total of 263,308 visitors. It ranked as the 20th most popular exhibition in the world.

VIDEO: Panorama of the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - my video shot in September 2009

This is how big the Louvre is - and is why it takes sooooooooo long to get all the way round!

This is the video I shot on my visit to the Louvre in Paris in September 2009. I'm at the Tulieries Garden doing a slow revolve which illustrates just how big this museum in a former palace really is

Where is the Louvre in Paris? - The Louvre on Google Maps

The Musee du Louvre is in the centre of Paris right next to the River Seine and the Jardins des Tuileries

A markerMusee du Louvre, 75058 Paris cedex 01, FRANCE -
Musee du Louvre, 75058 Paris cedex 01, FRANCE
get directions

The Louvre - practical information for the visitor

The address of the Louvre is Muse du Louvre, 75058 Paris cedex 01, FRANCE

Pyramide du Louvre by I. M. Pei

The Louvre Pyramids by I M Pei - in the main courtyard (Cour Napolon) of the Louvre Palace

The Pyramids form a new visitor entrance to the Louvre Museum complex, connecting elegantly to expanded galleries below the courtyards. They were constructed in 1989

BOOK: The Judgement of Paris - Manet, Meissonier and an artistic revolution

I now want to go back and take another look at all a painting by Meissonier which I noticed while walking through the galleries of French paintings!

The Judgement of Paris: Manet, Meisonnier and An Artistic Revolution
The Judgement of Paris: Manet, Meisonnier and An Artistic Revolution

This book is an absolutely fasinating read which provides useful context for understanding the change in French art in the second half of the nineteenth century


The Crimes of Paris - A True Story of Murder, Theft, and Detection

On August 21, 1911, came a crime like none other: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. In The Crimes of Paris, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler tell the gripping story of the theft and the investigation that followed.


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      teelover 4 years ago

      Great lens, The Louvre definitely has deserved to be visited more than one or even few times!

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      After reading your lens about The Louvre certainly I think anyone visiting Europe on tour should come to this place to admire the world class art collection and sheer size of the place.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 4 years ago from London

      @FanfrelucheHubs: Last time I went I did Chardin and the still life paintings!

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I went a few times since I live in Paris. If you only have one day you need to decide what you want to see in the first place and stick to it! To Egyptian rooms are my favorite and the Victory of Samothrace is really stunning.

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      Fiona Carroll 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Informative. We all need help getting this scary place into some perspective. I dragged my children there twice! They actually didn't mind at all. They loved the Egyptian rooms.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Maybe one day (or three) I'll make it there. . . .

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      This probably one of the most visit places.Thanks nice lens

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      AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

      I have been fortunate enough to visit The Louvre. It is an amazing place and I would love to go back. Squid Angel Blessings for your excellent lens.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Lensrolled to The Louvre: Essential, Little Known Tourist Tips and thumbs up liked

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      Valu LM 7 years ago

      I was in Louvre 3 times alredy and still did not see the whole museum. It takes you 2-3 days to see all exhibitions there.

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      dianazanoschi 7 years ago

      I spent 5 hours in Louvre and it wasn't enough. It's overwhelming! But amazing!