Musee du Louvre is the foremost museum in Paris.
In fact, the Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and one of the best known and most visited museum in the world.
It takes up a floor area almost as big as the Palace of Versailles.
It started as a fortress that was built in the late 12th century.
Not much remains of that original building, and there have been numerous additions to it over the years.
It was extended to serve as the Louvre Palace, but when Louis XIV decided to move to Versailles the Louvre then began its longstanding job as a place to house and display the royal collection.
It officially became a museum during the French Revolution, and opened in 1793 with an exhibition of 537 paintings.
The collection has grown since then and now has over 380,000 objects, and 35,000 works of art, all set over eight different departments.
Because The Louvre is so large you cannot possibly hope to see it all in one day, so either plan to visit on several different days, or plan in advance which sections of the museum you’d most like to see.
They include Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Greek Etruscan and Roman, Islamic Art, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Painting, and Prints and Drawings.