Louvre-Lens Museum

Lens, France

The Louvre-Lens is an art museum located in Lens, France. It displays objects from the collections of the Musée du Louvre that are lent to the gallery on a medium- or long-term basis. The Louvre-Lens annex is part of an effort to provide access to French cultural institutions for people who live outside of Paris.

The museum is built on a 20-hectare mining site that closed in the 1960s. To make the building blend into the surrounding area, the architects designed a string of five low-profile structures; the central one is square with glass walls and the others are rectangular with polished, aluminum facades that gave a blurry reflection of the surroundings. Altogether, the museum is 360 m long and contains 28,000 m2 of exhibition space.

The design of a central building flanked by two wings mimics the Paris Louvre. The square, central building is the main reception area. It contains several curved glass rooms that contain a cafeteria, bookstore and museum boutique. To the east of the entry hall is the 3,000 m2 Galerie du Temps which houses approximately 200 items from the Paris Louvre collection. The items in the large, open hall are arranged chronologically, from 3,500 BC to the mid-19th century, regardless of style or country of origin. Beyond the Galerie du Temps is the Pavillon de Verre which exhibits works from neighboring museums. The building to the west of the entry hall is a gallery for temporary exhibits (the Exhibitions Temporaires) and, beyond that, an auditorium.



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Rue Paul Bert 99, Lens, France
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Founded: 2012
Category: Museums in France


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User Reviews

Elly Jeurissen (3 months ago)
Very nice exhibition from pieces of the Louvre collection. Beautiful parc outside of the museum. Accessible for wheelchair users. Most texts are in multiple languages.
Chris (4 months ago)
Free entry and lovely gardens to walk around and explore. Easy to park too. Enjoyed our trip.
공과장 (Manager Kong) (6 months ago)
I didn’t even know that there is another Louvre Museum in France.
Elizabeth Anderson (8 months ago)
Loved this, a capsule collection almost - showcasing world history in an accessible way, with some English interpretation boards. Free entry for all and a lovely little gift shop. Outside there are further boards explaining the history of the site as a coal mine, with a view of the famous pyramids of coal waste. Inside there is also a model of the site as it was as an industrial coal mine.
Alain Orban (11 months ago)
The gallery of time is fascinating (from Egypt to Romanticism), highly didactic and can be accessed for free. Temporary exhibitions can be accessed for a reasonable fee. They are wonderful, with all the resources of Le Louvre behind.
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