Inaugurated in December 2012, the Louvre-Lens Museum is located in the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its delicate architecture of glass and light, resolutely contemporary, unfolds harmoniously on an old coal mining site, transformed into a landscaped park of 20 hectares.
The Galerie du Temps is truly the heart of the Louvre-Lens. It presents more than 200 masterpieces from the collections of the Louvre, in a spectacular space of 3,000 m², and offers a unique journey through the history of art, from the invention of writing in Mesopotamia to the 4th millennium BCE, until the industrial revolution in the mid-19th century. His scenography, both chronological and multidisciplinary, creates a new dialogue between eras, techniques and civilizations.
Each year, temporary exhibitions of international significance offer a completely different perspective on the Louvre’s collections, in contrast to the Galerie du Temps, and allow us to host works from around the world. Benefiting from the scientific support of the Louvre Museum and thanks to an innovative and diversified mediation, these exhibitions combine cultural excellence and accessibility to the greatest number. This same ambition is reflected in the Glass Pavilion, whose exhibitions highlight the richness of the Hauts-de-France museums.
More than a museum, the Louvre-Lens is a cultural city whose vocation is to offer a global artistic experience. La Scène and its shows, the Resource Centre and its media library, the Coulisses unveiling the reserves and the workshop of restoration of works, the park and its summer animations, contribute to make it a privileged space for exchange and encounter.
The Louvre-Lens has been wanted and supported from the outset by a whole region and its people, and now finds its place within a rapidly changing territory. Thanks to an extremely strong partnership approach, it is part of a global and virtuous logic, to accompany its cultural influence but also economic and social development.