Situated on Saadiyat Island, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a masterpiece of architecture, art and culture.
Designed by Jean Nouvel, this impressive ‘museum city’ is home to about 600 masterpieces, documenting a history of human creativity from across the globe in twelve fascinating chapters.
Art lovers will feel at home wandering through the varied galleries, while those with an eye for architecture can study the structure’s intricate design. Families will also love the interactive children’s museum and dedicated kids app which tells incredible stories about the different pieces.
With more than 55 buildings, including an onsite restaurant, café and shop, you can spend the whole day exploring this world class complex. Book your Louvre Abu Dhabi tickets in advance of your trip to experience this amazing museum during your visit to the UAE’s capital.
Art lovers, culture vultures and families looking to learn and explore. From ancient artefacts and contemporary paintings to interactive children’s exhibits, there’s plenty to discover.
The beauty of the museum - from the geometric dome of twinkling stars that encases the building to the world class art it displays inside.
Follow a chronological history of human creativity. Starting in the Grand Vestibule, each ‘chapter’ of the museum explores a theme across a range of different cultures. Discover fascinating figurines in The First Villages exhibit, oil portraits in the First Globalisation gallery, and photographic mediums within A Modern World. Alongside the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s growing collection of local artefacts, you can see world-famous artworks loaned from international partners, including the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Lose yourself in the beauty of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s striking structure. From the white buildings rising out of the Arabian Gulf to the geometric dome floating above, the museum is a piece of art all on its own. Follow the external walkways and take some time to enjoy the landscape. As you wander between galleries, admire the patterns of sunlight on the concrete – a clever design feature inspired by Abu Dhabi’s palm trees.
Alongside its 23 permanent galleries, Louvre Abu Dhabi often opens its doors to other major international exhibitions. Each temporary show shares the Louvre’s passion for universal art and ideas. Past shows have explored the bridge between east and west and celebrated collections of photographs from around the world. Before you visit, find out what new and exciting exhibits are currently running or check if there’s an upcoming show that you’d like to see.
With interactive exhibits, original artwork and toddler-friendly areas, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s children’s museum is accessible for inquiring minds of all ages. If you’re heading into the main galleries, download the kids app so your little ones can follow along and listen to stories. Each story is framed around the different pieces and pitched perfectly for them to understand and enjoy. You can also treat them to a souvenir at the museum boutique after they’ve done exploring – the perfect way to remember their trip.
Enjoy a picturesque view of the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the waters of the Arabian Gulf. Take a kayak tour around the buildings and discover the beautiful architecture from a different perspective. Professional instructors accompany you, making it a fun activity for all ages and abilities. For something more romantic, the full moon kayak tour offers a mesmerising experience where you can see the museum lit up under the stars.
Situated on the corner of Saadiyat Island, Louvre Abu Dhabi is moments from the white sands of Saadiyat Beach. The museum is easily accessible from Downtown Abu Dhabi, via the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge, and offers parking onsite.
Follow the Corniche Road and take a slight right onto Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway E12. Continue over the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge, taking the exit towards Jacques Chirac Street where you’ll find the museum. It takes about 17 minutes to reach Louvre Abu Dhabi from the Corniche.
The journey from Yas Island to Louvre Abu Dhabi takes about 20 minutes. Head west on the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway E12 across Saadiyat Island and turn right onto Jacques Chirac Street.
It takes about 30 minutes to reach Louvre Abu Dhabi from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Follow the signs for Yas Island and then head onto Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway E12, over Saadiyat Island and on to the museum.
Louvre Abu Dhabi offers free parking for visitors, just off Jacques Chirac Street. Most of the spaces are shaded to keep your car sheltered from the sun.
Souvenirs, homeware, art books and stationery – the museum boutique has a great range of mementos to browse.
From world-renowned Parisian dishes at Fouquet’s to Emirati cuisine at the Museum Café, Louvre Abu Dhabi offers numerous dining options.
Wheelchairs and strollers are available to hire from the loan desk, while interpretation tools are dotted throughout the museum – including tactile stations for those with reduced eyesight.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is open from Tuesday to Sunday, currently from 10am to 6:30pm. It is closed on Monday. Timings can change, so we’d recommend checking the website before you go for the most up-to-date information.
The museum can get very busy, so we recommend booking your tickets ahead of time to avoid any queues. When you pre-book your ticket, you’re given an arrival time slot.
Your Louvre Abu Dhabi ticket includes admission to the museum galleries and temporary exhibitions, as well as access to the outdoor plazas under the dome. You can also visit the various restaurants and cafes - including world-renowned Fouquet’s - and the museum boutique.
The museum does not have an official dress code. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and bringing an extra layer of clothing as it can feel quite cool inside the air conditioning.
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the largest art museum in the Arabian peninsula.
Visitors can explore 55 detached buildings and 23 of these are devoted to galleries, which were inspired by low-lying homes of the local region.
The museum, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel, was 10 years in the making before it officially opened in 2017.
The dome weighs about 7,500 tonnes – roughly the same as the frame of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Abu Dhabi’s most iconic monument is an architectural gem, with 82 gleaming white marble domes. Take a tour inside to see the world’s largest Swarovski chandelier.
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