Louvre Abu Dhabi: A Museum of the World for the World

The Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo from the museum's website.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo from the museum’s website.

Abu Dhabi’s new Louvre museum opens in 2017

By Carson McGrath

Everybody knows the beauty of the Louvre in Paris, France, a landmark of the city since all the way back to 1793. There is also a second Louvre in northern France, called the Louvre-Lens.

Interior view of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo from the museum's website.
Interior view of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo from the museum’s website.

But in 2017 a new Louvre will open in Abu Dhabi. Born from an intergovernmental agreement in March 2007 by representatives of Abu Dhabi and France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will link the east and west together through a collaborative love of historic and modern art and culture.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, a universal museum, is a collaboration of France and Arab cultures. According to their website, the museum “is intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education.”

Like No Other Museum

Lovers of museums will be able to bask in the culture, architecture, and artifacts like no museum before its kind. Louvre Abu Dhabi, upon opening, will be home to fine arts, decorative arts, and other objects from various field of archaeology, representing art history of different regions and periods, to contemporary art styles.

The museum plans in its first stages of development, to accept artwork and collections as loans from the French museums during the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first ten years of servicing the community, and museum goers from across the globe.

Louvre Abu Dhabi will only expand through the enrichment of cultures through the growth of exhibits and collections, coming from locations such as France.

Not only will the museum itself be home to magnificent, one of a kind artwork, but the architectural design of the museum will be something for museum goers to gawk at.

The first large-scale presentation of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection, Birth of a Museum. Photo from the museum's website.
The first large-scale presentation of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s collection, Birth of a Museum.

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel designed the building that reflects modern architecture as well as traditional aspects of the Arab world that bring cultures together. Nouvel said, “I wanted this building to mirror a protected territory that belongs to the Arab world and this geography.”

Louvre Abu Dhabi stands on the Saadiyat Island with two thirds of the museum covered by a white dome of 590 feet, according to their website. It will have a children’s museum, friendly for all types of families, a cafe, restaurants, and gardens. Take in the culture and enjoy all the attractions the museum has to offer. 2017 will be the year of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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Carson McGrath is a journalist who loves to write about adventure, politics, and feminism. You can find her on top of a mountain or riding her bike around Amherst.
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