When you hear the world Louvre, the first thing that probably comes to mind is art museum in Paris, France. Things have however changed and when someone asks if you’ve been to the Louvre, your response will have to be: which one, because there are currently two; the first one in Paris and the second in the UAE, Abu Dhabi to be more precise and the one which I was fortunate enough to visit.
The Louvre is located in Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island and is an art and civilization museum, which was inaugurated on the 8th of November 2017. This magnificent structure is definitely any architecture and art fanatic’s dream and has displays of historical and cultural works dating from ancient times to the more contemporary era.
Cost and Visiting Hours
The admission fee for adults is 63 AED, while ages between 13 and 22 pay half price and it is free for children under 13 years old, for a more detailed price list, you can check out their site here. The Louvre is closed on Mondays and is open from 10 am to 8 pm from Saturday – Wednesday and 10 am to 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
Walking through the different galleries will transport you through different periods in history. The museum depicts the evolution of mankind through art and these are displayed by different themes. It was definitely fascinating to see so many cultures, countries and eras displayed. I have always been intrigued by the Roman and Egyptian eras, which made seeing the displays from these eras that more exciting. As fascinating as all these art displays were, the thing that I was most excited about was the outside area where you could see the breathtaking views of the dome ceiling, it truly is as magical as it looks on pictures. There is also a café and a lounge, where you can grab some food to eat.
- The dome weighs approximately 7500 tons, which is a bit more than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which weighs approximately 7300 tons.
- There are about 7850 stars that make up the structure and these are intertwined in eight different cladding layers.
- Visitors can explore 55 detached buildings, of which 23 are galleries. The place is so wonderfully set up though that exploring does not feel like you’re moving from one separate building to the next, as it all just sort of flows together.
Tips when visiting
I would definitely advise you to visit early enough to make the most out of your visit, as the museum is quite large and you will have a lot to cover. I would also recommend wearing comfy shoes, as you will have a lot of walking to do. Also clear out your day to just explore the museum, so that you can cover everything, we made the mistake of going a bit too late and did not get the chance to cover the whole museum, as we had the Grand Mosque on our itinerary as well. If you are however on a tight schedule, I suggest visiting the museum in the morning and the mosque at night.
The amazing art displays and amazing features definitely make the Louvre in Abu Dhabi worth the visit.
But that is it for this post…Until next time!