11th November 2017 is a landmark date for UAE capital Abu Dhabi. The Emirati capital is all set to unveil the classiest attraction of the city – Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.
A week-long series of celebrations featuring multicultural music, arts, dance performance and workshops will introduce the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s rich collection of art works and its stylish building designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel.
The opening day (11th November) will also feature a spectacular light show and fireworks display. The museum has loaned the brand name “Louvre” from the original and famous Paris based Louvre Museum for 30-years in 2007. The Abu Dhabi Louvre has also loaned artworks from the Louvre Paris and 13 partner museums in France.
Located on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi’s cultural district on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi Louvre focuses on multicultural elements of art and aesthetics. Tickets to the museum cost 60 AED for general admission and 30 AED for visitors aged 13 to 22, as well as UAE educational professionals.
Admission gives you access to the museum galleries, exhibitions, Children’s Museum and public spaces. Museum scheduled timings are 10 AM to 8 PM (Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and 10 AM to 10 PM (Thursdays and Fridays). Mondays are off days.
Interesting facts about Louvre Abu Dhabi:
- Abu Dhabi is renting the brand name “Louvre” for 30 years and paid France 399 million Pounds.
- Louvre Abu Dhabi took 10 years of construction and cost over 1 billion Pounds.
- The museum has also loaned close to 300 artworks from France and paid around 571 million Pounds.
- The Louvre Abu Dhabi will display works of Degas, van Gogh, Monet and Picasso among others.
- The Louvre has also loaned 235 pieces of artworks from 13 French Museums including the likes of Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, and Versailles.
- Permanent galleries of Louvre Abu Dhabi will cover art and artefacts from the earliest Mesopotamian civilization to the present day.
- The Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of the three museums located in Saadiyat Island. Other two are the Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
- The Louvre Abu Dhabi will host 23 permanent galleries. It will also host 4 temporary exhibitions per year.