Louver Museum ! Abu Dhabi

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Introduction

The Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi is a branch of the world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris, France. It is a relatively new museum that opened its doors to the public in November 2017, and it is located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a cultural institution that aims to promote art, culture, and history in the UAE and the Middle East region. It features a vast collection of artworks from different civilizations and time periods, ranging from ancient to contemporary.

Architecture

The Louvre Abu Dhabi building is a magnificent architectural marvel that combines traditional and modern design elements. The museum was designed by the famous French architect Jean Nouvel, who aimed to create a “museum city” that blends with the surrounding landscape. The building features a large silver dome that spans 180 meters in diameter, which is made up of eight layers of metal and clads the entire museum complex. The dome appears to float above the museum’s galleries, creating a unique play of light and shadow that changes throughout the day.

Exhibits

The Louvre Museum’s permanent collection includes more than 600 artworks and artifacts from different parts of the world, with a focus on bridging different cultures and civilizations. The exhibits cover a broad range of topics, such as ancient history, religious art, science and innovation, and contemporary art. Some of the most notable pieces in the collection include a bronze statue of a Bactrian princess from ancient Iran, a Chinese porcelain bowl from the Ming dynasty, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, and a contemporary installation by Ai Weiwei.

Programs and events

In addition to its exhibits, the Louvre Abu Dhabi offers a range of programs and events that cater to all ages and interests. These include educational workshops, guided tours, cultural performances, and film screenings. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions that feature international and local artists, as well as collaborations with other institutions around the world.

Accessibility and amenities

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is committed to making the museum accessible to all visitors, including those with disabilities. The building is designed to be wheelchair-friendly, with ramps, elevators, and wide doorways. The Louvre Museum also provides audio guides and Braille labels for visually impaired visitors. Other amenities include a gift shop, a cafe, and a restaurant that offers a range of international and Middle Eastern cuisine.

  •         Impressive architecture and design featuring a unique dome structure and contemporary design elements.
  •         Artifacts and artworks from various civilizations and cultures, spanning from prehistoric times to contemporary art.
  •         Iconic pieces such as a rare ancient statue of a Bactrian princess, Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of an unknown woman (La Belle Ferronnière), and a self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh.
  •         Thematic galleries that explore universal themes such as the birth of religions, the power of nature, and the modern world.
  •         Interactive and multimedia exhibits that use technology to enhance the visitor’s experience, such as augmented reality and immersive soundscapes.
  •         Educational programs and workshops that cater to all ages and interests, from guided tours to art classes.
  •         Restaurants and cafes that offer a range of dining options with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.
  •         A souvenir shop that sells unique gifts and merchandise inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions.
  •         Entry ticket of Louvre Abu Dhabi Ticket
  •         Anything else
  •         As there is no specific dress code. visitors can wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
  •         It is recommended to avoid wearing high heels or shoes that may cause discomfort.
  • Saadiyat – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Louvre museum timings are as follows:

  •         Tuesday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
  •         Friday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM
  •         Monday closed
  •         Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
  •         Government issued photo ID must be provided on request as proof of age.
  •         Please note that each child under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.
  •         Try to book the online ticket to avoid inconvenience.
  • By car

If you are in Abu Dhabi, you can reach Louvre Abu Dhabi from Corniche/Mina Port. From Dubai or Yas Island, you can take the Saadiyat Island/Yas Island exit on to Sheikh Khalifa Highway E12, drive along Yas Highway to the Cultural District/Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, and follow road signs from the highway to reach the museum.

  • By bus

If you prefer to use public transportation, you can take bus route 94, which stops at Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island.

  • By taxi

Alternatively, if you are taking a taxi, there is a designated drop-off and pick-up point in front of the main entrance at the visitor car park.

FAQs

The architecture of the Louvre Museum is designed to reflect the merging of cultures, with a dome structure that appears to float above the museum and allows light to filter through.

The exhibits at the Louvre Abu Dhabi cover a wide range of topics and time periods, from prehistoric artifacts to contemporary art. They include pieces from many different regions and civilizations, such as ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as Islamic and European art.

Yes, the Louvre Abu Dhabi hosts a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, featuring works by individual artists or groups, as well as thematic exhibitions that explore particular topics or movements in art history.

Yes, there are guided tours available at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Visitors can choose from a variety of tours, including group tours and private tours.

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5 Recent Review

Heartily Endorse Trip

April 19, 2023

This cultural hotspot was not to be missed! Both the building itself and the museum’s extensive collection are works of art. Our encounter was enriched by the audio guide’s wealth of information. The museum’s seaside setting on Saadiyat Island is one of its most appealing features. Overall, a trip to the Louvre Museum with Mala ae is something we heartily endorse.

Mathew

It was a Must-Visit Cultural Destination

March 9, 2023

The museum’s architecture and design are stunning, and the collections are diverse and impressive. The audio guide was informative and added depth to our experience. The museum’s location on Saadiyat Island adds to its charm, and the waterfront views are breathtaking. Overall, we highly recommend visiting the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi with Mala ae!

John Connor
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