Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi

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About Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is a gold mine of knowledge. Gathering priceless art from around the world, the museum invites you to travel through twelve different stages of human civilization through its twelve galleries. The Louvre Abu Dhabi also offers an area dedicated to children, where they may learn about history through interactive aids.

Louvre Abu Dhabi showcases the most famous art pieces from around the world. Some of the best works displayed here include Leonardo da Vinci's La Belle Ferronnière and David's portrait of Napoleon. The museum is also home to several stunning ancient sculptures, including a 6th Century BC Grecian sphinx, a bronze Oba head from the Benin Kingdom, and marble nymphs from Versailles. The artworks here traverse 12 different periods in human civilization, and are named accordingly. The Great Vestibule, The First Villages, The First Great Powers, Civilizations and Empires, A New Art of Living, A Modern Art, Challenging Modernity, and so on.

Every year, the Louvre Abu Dhabi offers four temporary exhibitions in conjunction with thirteen French Museum partners. These exhibitions follow the same topic as the permanent displays in the museum's galleries and provide an exceptional experience to visitors of the newly inaugurated universal museum. Besides, the museum also offers a number of activities and hands-on experiences to its guests, including yoga sessions, kayak rides, audio talks and more.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi tickets also grants one access to the many eateries housed within the museum’s premises. Delivering cuisines from across the world, dining options at the Museum includes delicious snacks at Aptitude Cafe, elegant french dinners at Fouquet's, and lively cocktail evenings at the Art Lounge.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Architecture

An impressive architectural feat, the Louvre Museum stands as a footnote on the Saadiyat islands. With a unique blend of concrete, natural light and water, the design of the museum quite literally reflects the essence of the Museum’s location- in a concrete jungle by the ocean.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Jean Nouvel, opened on November 8, 2017. The world-renowned architect drew inspiration from Abu Dhabi's pristine virgin lagoon island, Saadiyat, to create a façade that wonderfully compliments the world's chronological journey, fittingly describing the Louvre Abu Dhabi's collection.

An aluminium and steel latticed dome, inspired by the mashrabiya, a screen used in the Middle East to guard against the intense sunshine, covers the 55 structures that make up the museum city. The dome itself is one of the most striking features of the Abu Dhabi Louvre. Stretching across 180 massive metres in circumference, the seemingly weightless dome appears to float above the museum. The 8 layered dome is made of 7, 850 star shaped structures arranged at angles to let the sunlight flow through.

Why You Should Visit Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Take a tour and get immensed into the architecture of Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum consisting of the 20 galleries at Louvre, all coming together to reflect 12 separate eras in the history of human civilization. Explore the exquisite art, sculptures and ceramic work that the Museum has gathered from its international partners across the globe. Visit any of the themed exhibitions that the Museum organises from time to time. Pay a visit to the Children’s Museum with your young ones and allow them to learn more about global art and culture. Admire the stunning architecture of the Museum, which was so carefully planned and executed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. Take a kayaking tour through the Museum city and catch beautiful, unobstructed views of its outer facade. Spend the evening at the Royal Soiree, a unique roleplay experience offered at the museum. Take part in the yoga sessions held under the Louvre dome each weekend. Get creative with the hands-on arts and crafts session offered by the museum. Stop for a dinner or a snack at any of the fantastic eateries housed within the museum grounds. Take advantage of the numerous online resources- multimedia stories, videos, activities and more- which the museum offers to all its visitors.

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What to See in Louvre Abu Dhabi?

Dubbed as a ‘Universal Museum’, the Louvre is known to house some of the rarest and most esteemed artwork collected from around the world. The galleries and exhibits at the Museum stand testament to its wide collection of art, all of which resonate the common theme of shared human experiences. The museum also houses a Children’s Museum, tailored especially to the younger guests.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Collection

The Louvre Abu Dhabi focuses on what brings us together: stories of human creation that defy nations, civilizations, eras, and locations. The museum's increasing collection of treasures is displayed across its extensive row of galleries and contains major artworks and antiques from all around the world. It features antiquities, ornamental arts, neoclassical sculptures, modern master paintings, and contemporary installations. All these collections have been displayed in different galleries, where one could appreciate art with one’s own perspective.

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Museum Galleries

The Museum's exquisite collection is displayed across 20 galleries, each of which corresponds to a particular era in the history of human civilization. The roster here is updated regularly with international loans from the museum’s partner, which means there’s always something new to discover here. The galleries are numbered from 1 to 12, in rising order of timeline.

Those covering the earliest of eras are covered in galleries such as The Great Vestibule, The First Villages, The First Great Powers and Civilizations and Empires. The rise of world trade is then explored in the galleries titled Universal Religions, Asian Trade Routes, From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and Cosmography. The last few ages are then aptly summed up through the collections housed within The World in Perspective, The Magnificence of the Court, A New Art of Living, A Modern Art, Challenging Modernity and A Global Stage.

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Exhibitions

Every year, the Louvre organises four exhibitions with its partners in France, all of which correspond to the museum’s overarching theme of shared experiences. In fact, each exhibition is designed in such a way that they explore in detail, themes and ideas that have only been touched upon in the museum’s permanent galleries. The exhibitions display art and sculptures collated from around the world, and are never permanent exhibits. The famous exhibitions that have already taken place at the Louvre include ‘Stories of Paper’, ‘Versailles and the World’, ‘10,000 Years of Luxury’, and ‘Rendezvous in Paris’, among others.

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Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum is an exclusive child–specific experience included in the Abu Dhabi Louvre tickets. The two-story Children's Museum, located in the heart of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, is meant to stimulate the interest of children aged 6 to 12. Parents are welcome to accompany their children to the museum and participate in various activities that will help them understand the value of art and culture and get the most out of their visit. The Children’s Museum, like its adult counterpart, also hosts exhibitions from time to time. Some of the previous exhibitions held here have included ‘Travelling Shapes and Colours’, ‘Emotions, the New Art of Adventure’, and ‘Animals Real and Imaginary.’

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Things to Do in Louvre Abu Dhabi

One of the best ways to experience one’s stay at the Museum is to add one of the many hands-on experiences it offers to their Louvre Abu Dhabi tickets. From sports, to art tours to hour long yoga sessions, the Louvre aims to deliver an experience that rejuvenates one both intellectually and emotionally. The creative minded would find repose in the museum's art classes or make and play sessions, while those seeking a physical challenge would enjoy the kayaking sessions and the weekend yoga sessions. The Louvre also offers a range of free online activities especially for kids, which can also be accessed from one’s own homes.

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Yoga under the dome

With Jean Nouvel’s starry dome glittering overhead, the yoga sessions at Louvre Abu Dhabi are a unique way to unwind oneself. The instructional yoga classes are guided by an instructor, and open to all visitors, regardless of whether they’re regular practitioners of yoga or not. With the sound of waves crashing and the slow trickling of the sea breeze, these yoga sessions are truly rejuvenative. The 75 minute sessions are held twice on Tuesdays and Sundays, once at 11.00 AM, and next at 05.00 PM, along with a special ladies only class on Sundays at the same time. The sessions are open to all visitors above the age of 15.

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Drawing at the Museum

Drawing at the Museum session is built to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of art and its nuances. It’s a special drawing class designed especially for adults. The visitors are paired with a designated museum educator, who then guides them through the galleries on an observational tour. Observing the sculptures and relics, one is taught about the intrinsic play of light and shade in art, about the intricacy of human form, and about the artistic perspective. The two hour tour then draws to a close with a heated discussion session, where visitors then reflect on what they have learnt and debate on their critical understanding of art and artistic techniques.

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The Royal Secret Soirée

One of the most exciting experiences offered by the Abu Dhabi Louvre tickets, the Royal Secret Soiree transports one through time and space into the Royal Opera House of Versailles. The elaborate roleplay experience commences as you receive your ‘royal invitation’, which asks you to meet one of the Queen’s friends and explore a secret passageway in order to get the password for the event entry. Having followed the instructions exactly, one then gains entry to the Royal Opera House, or the auditorium at Louvre which is transformed to exactly imitate the Versailles structure. What follows is an evening of royal entertainment- live music, dances and other performances keep the evening alive and going, drawing one into the night’s narrative.

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Play at Louvre Abu Dhabi Park

One of the most creative experiences to be included in the Abu Dhabi Louvre tickets is Make and Play. This play area at Louvre Abu Dhabi lets one get handsy with art. The play session offers a host of raw materials, and relies on visitors’ imaginations to create new art, inspired by the art that already surrounds them. The creative endeavours are supervised by the museum educators, who are ready not just to offer critical insights but also guide one’s art project along. The two hour make and play sessions take place three times on Sunday and Saturday, at 11.30 AM, 02.30 PM, and 04.30 PM.

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Free Online Activities for Families

Louvre Abu Dhabi now brings its art right to your home with the free online activities. Tailored especially for children, these activities include videos and multimedia stories that can be downloaded and enjoyed right from the comfort of one’s home. These stories focus mainly on the art housed at the museum, or the collected art gathered from across the world. Some of the sculptures and paintings discussed in the online stories include the Bactrian Idol, the Bohemian, the Astrolabe and the Mayan Vase, among several other similarly interesting works.

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Kayaking around the Museum Kayaking tours around the museum are an excellent and unique way of learning more about the stunning architecture of the museum. The Louvre Abu Dhabi offers several kayaking tours for its visitors:

Tours for Juniors: Children between the ages of 6 and 12 can paddle around the museum city, exploring the buildings as they go by. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunrise Kayaking: Sunrise Kayaking is one of the most magical experiences that one can add to their Louvre Abu Dhabi tickets. The rides take place during the earliest hours, and allow one a glimpse at the sight of the sun setting across the Museum Dome.

Full Moon Kayaking: The Full Moon Kayaking tours take place twice a month. Kayakers traverse the sea along the museum, enjoying resplendent views of the full orb situated over their head.

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What to Eat at Louvre Abu Dhabi?

The Louvre Abu Dhabi tickets grant you access not just to the interiors, galleries and displays at the art museum itself, but to the various eateries and cafes that it houses within its premises. The Museum offers five eateries, which include everything from high end restaurants to art lounges that overlook the ocean. The ambience here is communal, and draws like-minded visitors together in a meal shared over discussions on art. The dishes across these diners include everything from full fledged European meals to freshly pressed coffee, and even a mix of expertly prepared cocktails and Tapas style items.

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Aptitude Cafe

Aptitude, a pop-up café within the Louvre Abu Dhabi park grounds, boasts of a stylish and laid back atmosphere. It's a unique sensation to sit and sip a cup of coffee in the shades of the only other Louvre outside of Paris. Aptitude's pride, is of course, its coffee based drinks. Cold brews, Aeropress and Chemex filtered coffees, as well as saffron, rose, and pistachio lattes, are all made using ethically sourced coffee beans. The cafe's extensive, irresistible menu also includes a variety of snacks and other breakfast dishes. The cafe’s seating, commanding lovely views of both the sea and the museum, is an added crowd puller. With its recent re-launch, Aptitude Cafe is also bringing with it a number of fun events, including themed dinners, workshops, special events and much more. The ever-popular Oud Nights, which combines traditional music performances with specialty coffee, is making a return as well.

Timings: 09.00 AM- 10.00 PM on all days of the week.

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Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi

Fouquet's, the world-famous French bistro, has opened its doors at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, delivering the ideal of great French brasserie cuisine to the UAE. Its menu is crafted in partnership with French Michelin star-winning chef Pierre Gagnaire. Foqueat’s celebrate the traditional customs of classic French cooking while also embracing current international and traditional culinary approaches. The classic French menu here features staple delights such as the ratatouille, a range of traditional desserts, and a good collection of white and red wine. The dress code at Fouquet's is casual and chic; the targeted ambience is elegant, and trainers and shorts are discouraged for evening visits.

Timings: Foquet’s remains closed on Mondays. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 12.00 PM- 12.00 AM (last order at 10.00 PM) Thursday and Friday: 12.00 PM- 1.00 AM (last order at 10.30 PM)

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Museum Cafe

Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the Museum Cafe offers a casual pit stop during one’s visit to Louvre Abu Dhabi. Combining European and Emirati flavours, the Museum offers a wholesome dining experience for customers of all tastes. Burgers, salads and one-person meals are the biggest sellers at the Museum Cafe, and they offer takeaway services as well. The menu here features a range of freshly pressed juices and non-alcoholic drinks. The special children’s menu here seeks to satisfy its youngest guests, although the Cafe is more than ready to accommodate gluten free and vegan diners as well. While sitting indoors is always a good option, the Museum Cafe also features an outer deck with unobstructed views to the sea.

**Timings: ** The Museum Cafe remains closed on Mondays. Tuesday- Sunday: 10.00 AM- 06.30 PM

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Art Lounge

The Art Lounge is a hidden jewel on the museum's renowned rooftop, and it's the ideal spot to meet up with friends for a post-gallery refreshment. The philosophy behind the making of the Art Lounge was to create a space where art connoisseurs with shared interests can meet and interact with those with similar dispositions. The Art Lounge offers a stylish outdoor space where visitors may unwind and enjoy a variety of drinks and light nibbles. The fares at the rooftop lounge include tapas-style items with a mix of gluten free and vegetarian options. It is also regarded as one of the top sunset lounges in the city because of the amazing, uninterrupted views of the Abu Dhabi skyline and the Saadiyat Islands. The Art Lounge remains operative beyond the regular museum hours, but requires a booking to be accessed by external guests.

Timings: The Lounge remains closed on Mondays. Tuesday- Sunday: 03.00 PM- 11.00 PM, with last order at 10.30 PM

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Tips to Visit Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • Booking one’s tickets online would get them a good discount on their Louvre Abu Dhabi tickets price
  • The Museum is extremely big in size, and may take some time to explore in its entirety. Reserving one entire morning for a tour of the Louvre would be a good idea.
  • Owing to its natural ventilation system, the Museum interiors remain fairly cool. One could choose to carry an extra stole or shawl if deemed necessary.
  • If you want to learn more about the artworks and sculptures displayed at the museum, you could always opt for a guided tour of the galleries.
  • Photography is permitted on the museum ground, so make sure you have a camera ready or your phone fully charged.
  • Although the museum’s interiors are its biggest draw, the outer architecture is equally splendid, and one of the best ways of viewing the museum’s facade would be to take a kayaking tour offered here.
  • The Louvre Museum offers plenty of hands-on sessions for its visitors- art classes, yoga sessions, royal soirees and more, and adding one to your Louvre Abu Dhabi ticket could be a good idea.
  • Art connoisseurs could also complement their visit by purchasing a membership of Louvre’s Art Club, which offers free entry to special events and workshops organised here.

Facts of Visit Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • Checkout the Facts of Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and get amazed by it's arhictectural marvels.
  • The Abu Dhabi Louvre comprises 55 separate buildings, 23 galleries, 1 exhibition space, an auditorium that seats 1,200 people, and a two storey children’s museum within its premises.
  • The architect, Jean Nouvel, is the credit designer of some of the most remarkable buildings in the world, including the Arab World Institute and Quai Branly Museum in Paris, and the Agbar Tower in Barcelona.
  • The floating dome, which is the Louvre Abu Dhabi's defining feature, is an eight-layered sheet of honeycombed steel and aluminium that weighs nearly as much as the Eiffel Tower (7,300 tonnes)!
  • The museum's unique environment is created by the mix of diffused light from the dome, reflecting surfaces, and stone floors, which maintain the lovely and cool temperature within.
  • The museum's foundation was built using around 503,000 cubic metres of sand.
  • The dome's geometric construction includes 7,850 stars streaming down with rays of light on the museum.
  • The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will soon be connected via a 1 km subterranean tunnel.
  • The Galleries within the museum were all built on one common theme- shared human experience. Accordingly, each gallery corresponds to a single era in the history of human civilization.
  • The Emirati Government had to pay a total sum of $525 million to the French government, just to be able to use the name Louvre

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Witness the evolution of human civilization as you take a tour of all twelve galleries at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Explore the best of global art with the temporary exhibitions held at the museum from time to time. Allow your children to learn more about art forms with a tour of the Children’s Museum. Stop for a snack at any of the restaurants, cafes and lounges that the Louvre has to offer. Take a guided kayak tour just outside the Louvre, which promises splendid views of the museum’s outer facade. Stop to shop for a souvenir at the merchandise shop, which sells books, notebooks and other designer products.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi FAQ's

What is the significance of the Louvre Abu Dhabi?

The significance of Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi is multi pronged- not only is it the only Louvre to be situated outside France, but it is also the first universal Museum in the Arab World, collecting and displaying works gathered from across the world.

How long do you need at the Louvre Abu Dhabi?

With 20 separate galleries, exploring the Abu Dhabi Louvre in its entirety may take a fair bit of time. It would be wise to reserve at least five hours while visiting the Museum, especially if one plans to explore each exhibit and gallery. The duration of visit may of course extend if one decides to grab a meal at any of the eateries at the Louvre.

What to wear to visit Louvre Abu Dhabi?

The Louvre Abu Dhabi does not have a specific dress code. However, as per the norms of Abu Dhabi’s culture, women would be expected to cover their knees and legs while at the Museum. It would also be advisable to wear flat, comfortable shoes, as exploring the Louvre in its entirety would entail a fair bit of walking. Although most of the Louvre is indoors, several of its restaurants feature outdoor seating, so grabbing a hat or a cap might be a good idea as well.

Is photography allowed in the Louvre Abu Dhabi?

Yes, photography is allowed at the galleries of the Louvre. Visitors are permitted to carry their cameras or camera-equipped phones at no added charge.

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