Louvre Abu Dhabi Tour

The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World that translates the spirit of openness of cultures. As one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District, the art-lovers dream displays the works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from ancient times to the contemporary era. Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi encompasses 9,200 sq. m of galleries including the Permanent Gallery and a Temporary Gallery that is enriched by loans from many notable French museums including Musee du Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou.

Recreating parts of UAE’s integral cultural elements, Nouvel designed a falaj-inspired water system running through the museum, inspired by ancient Arabian engineering whilst the orderly lace dome borrows inspiration from the interlaced palm leaves traditionally used as roofing material in many parts of the country that results in an enchanting play of light. The juxtaposition of different civilizations in the same spaces, the Louvre Abu Dhabi illustrates similarities and exchanges from the shared human experience going beyond geography, nationality, and history.

Opened in 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi stands on Saadiyat Island near central Abu Dhabi. A collaboration between the United Arab Emirates and France, this museum’s stunning, filigreed metal dome draws visitors in to view a collection of artworks and artifacts designed to chart the story of the world’s civilizations.

The Basics

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is composed of white cuboid buildings under a honeycomb-style dome that filters sunlight into the galleries. This relatively new museum houses everything from prehistoric to contemporary artworks. Highlights include Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière, a 6th-century sphinx, early Chinese pottery, and paintings by Whistler and Klee. The collection is on loan from the Louvre Paris and other French museums, and some items are rotated  periodically. Tours include simple ticket-and-transfer options that ferry you between hotels in Abu Dhabi or Dubai and the museum, and let you explore independently. Skip-the-line tickets are also available. Visitors can also opt for a broader full-day city tour where the Louvre is just one element alongside attractions such as the Grand Mosque. 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a must-visit for art, history, and architecture buffs.
  • Pay extra for an iPad guide, or download a free guide app beforehand for background on the exhibits.
  • The Louvre has a Children’s Museum with displays and interactive workshops designed to get youngsters interested in art and history.
  • Relax over coffee, snacks, or a meal at the coffee shop or café-restaurant.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible, and offers parking and secure lockers.

How to Get There

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is easy to reach from Abu Dhabi. If you’re driving, take the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge to Saadiyat Island from the Zayed Port area before following the signs at the E12 junction. Otherwise, hail a cab or catch a No. 94 bus from Abu Dhabi bus station. 

When to Get There

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is closed Monday. Open hours are 10am-8pm Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and 10am-10pm Thursday and Friday. Morning is a nice, quiet time to experience the full beauty of the sunlight-filtering dome. 

Tours with a Louvre Guide

If you’re visiting independently and would like to tour the museum with a guide, consider joining one of the tours offered by the Louvre. They usually begin at 10:30am, but be sure to double-check before arriving.Address:Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Admission:Varies

The iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first universal museum in the Arab World that translates the spirit of openness of cultures. As one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District, the art-lovers dream displays the works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from ancient times to the contemporary era. Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi encompasses 9,200 sq. m of galleries including the Permanent Gallery and a Temporary Gallery that is enriched by loans from many notable French museums including Musee du Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Centre Pompidou.

Recreating parts of UAE’s integral cultural elements, Nouvel designed a falaj-inspired water system running through the museum, inspired by ancient Arabian engineering whilst the orderly lace dome borrows inspiration from the interlaced palm leaves traditionally used as roofing material in many parts of the country that results in an enchanting play of light. The juxtaposition of different civilizations in the same spaces, the Louvre Abu Dhabi illustrates similarities and exchanges from the shared human experience going beyond geography, nationality, and history.

10am to 8pm from Saturdays to Wednesdays, and from 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Closed on Mondays
Location: Saadiyat Cultural District

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