The iconic Louvre museum in Paris, France, has opened its virtual doors: you can now enjoy the museum’s entire art collection from the comfort of your home – at no charge.
“Today, the Louvre is dusting off its treasures, even the least-known,” says Jean-Luc Martinez, the president, and director of the Louvre. “For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free, whether they are on display in the museum, on loan, even long-term, or in storage.”
Some 480,000 pieces from the museum’s eight departments are featured on the online platform. People can enjoy Islamic art, Renaissance sculptures, Egyptian antiquities, and paintings from world-renowned artists. Simple or advanced searches are possible, and the website has an interactive map so people can explore the museum, and see the artwork room by room.