The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in late 2017 to great fanfare with its soaring silver dome rising over Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District and bathing art lovers in a glorious “Rain of Light.”
The museum was designed by Jean Nouvel, a French architect who has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, a top recognition in the field of architecture. Inspired by Abu Dhabi, Nouvel designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi as a ‘museum city’ in the sea; its soaring dome an ode to nature with elements that take inspiration from the shade cast by Abu Dhabi’s ever-present date palms.
The 180 meter-wide and eight-layered dome covers the majority of the museum, and is one of its defining features. Though the dome weighs 7,500 tonnes – as much as the Eifel Tower, its weightless appearance is a feature of its brilliant design.
The museum’s 600-piece permanent collection, as well as loaned artworks from prestigious French institutions, will form an art historical narrative taking visitors from ancient times to the contemporary, including loans from 13 key French institutions, such as paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh and Edouard Manet.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has art galleries, a children’s museum, a 200-seater-auditorium, a restaurant, a café, retail space and a temporary exhibition space.
To purchase advance tickets or learn more about the museum, visit www.louvreabudhabi.ae.