On past occasions we would arrive as early as possible to avoid the horrid crowds that plagued the famed museum. As the morning wore on we became tired. At the same time, as the day advanced the crowds mushroomed, making it increasingly difficult to enjoy the exhibits and make our way around the halls until all we wanted was to be somewhere else. This time, as our energy waned so did the crowds, making the visit more and more pleasant. Once past the entrance there were no lines even in the new wing and at some of the main attractions we revisited. As a bonus and to our surprise the bathrooms were clean and empty.
One of the aspects we liked best about the new Islamic Art Galleries was the architectural design of the wing itself. Out of exhibit space in the interior of the building the museum enclosed courtyard space to display items from its existing inventory together as a distinct collection. The clever concept suited the art well.
We also revisited the Sculptures; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities collections. This most recent visit of the Louvre was a genuine pleasure and left us hungering to return and explore the museum further.
Average Duration Of Visit The collection was so extensive and the space so vast it was necessary to visit multiple times to experience the highlights.
Description The museum had several distinct areas: the Palace, the Pyramid, Cour Napoleon, and the collections. On average there were 20 temporary exhibits per year. The Pyramid, 21 meters tall, and 34 meters long at its base, was made of 603 diamond-shaped segments, 70 triangular glass segments, 95 tons of steel, and 105 tons of aluminum. The 28,000 square meter Cour Napoléon relied on 50 pumps to bring water to its seven fountains. It was paved with 650,000 sandstone and granite stones. In 2012, the museum website alone had more than 11 million visits, representing a 14 percent increase from 2010.
Do They Welcome Children? Yes, 39 percent of visitors were younger than 26 years old, and 50 percent were under30 years old.
Do They Welcome Pets? No
Established The former palace became a museum in 1793
Handicapped Access Yes, disabled visitors and visitors with mobility impairments were able to enter directly at the Pyramid entrance, without having to queue in line. Walking sticks, strollers, and wheelchairs were available free of charge to visitors who may have difficulty getting around the museum.
Location In central Paris, France
Number Of Employees Around 2000 employees worked at the Louvre including 65 curators, eight department directors, 166 conservators, 1,200 guards, and a team of 48 firemen on duty around the clock. These were joined by external services such as technical maintenance, external surveillance, laboratories, restorers, and cultural experts.
Open Everyday except Tuesdays
Owned-Managed The museum belongs to France and is administered by the Ministry of Culture
Restaurants A variety of concessions were situated in the vicinity of the museum, the Carrousel and Tuileries gardens, offering table service and take-away food. http://www.louvre.fr/en/restaurants-et-cafes
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Would You Visit This Attraction Again Yes