Louvre Museum holds the title of the biggest museum in the world. The museum was established in 1793 and is the third most visited museum in the world.
When the museum was opened in 1793, it was an exhibition of 537 paintings. 220 years later its collection of objects is at over 38,000. These differ from objects such as paintings, drawings and sculptures. The building the museum is housed in was originally a fortress in the 12th century but was later redeveloped into the main residence of the French King in 1546. But in 1682, the then king decided to leave the Louvre palace for residence elsewhere. It was during the French revolution that it was decided that the Louvre would become a museum to display the countries masterpieces. The identifiable glass pyramid was added to the building in 1989 and is used as an entrance.
The museum is in central Paris so is accessible by public transport. You can get the metro line 1 to ‘Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station’ which is a very short distance away from the museum's entrance. The following bus lines stop in front of the Pyramid: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95.
Opening Times and Admission
It is advised that if you are visiting the museum that you should do your research before you go and familiarise yourself with the layout. This will help you due to the museum's size, especially if you only want to see only a few specific objects. The museum is open six days of the week, with Tuesdays being a weekly day of closure. It is open from 9am-6pm except for Wednesdays and Fridays when it closes later at 10 pm. Entrance to the museum is at a cost of 15 euros for adults but is free for under 18s, you can buy tickets in advance or pay on the day. The museum has a large selection of restaurants and a souvenir shop.