Formerly the residence of the Kings of France, the Louvre has, for two centuries, been one of the world’s greatest museums. Its collections are divided into 8 departments: Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etrucscan and Roman Antiquities, Paintings, Sculptures, Art items, Islamic Art, and graphic art from the Middle Ages until 1848.
Open since April 2000, the "Pavillon des Sessions" displays 120 sculptures dedicated to the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, complementing the collections at the Musée du Quai Branly which opened in 2006 (www.quaibranly.fr).
The Louvre in a few figures: 35,000 works spread over 60,600 m² of rooms dedicated to permanent collections, 2,410 windows, 3,000 locks, and 10,000 steps.
The rooms in the Islamic Arts department are closed from January 2008. New areas will open into the Cour Visconti around 2010