The Louvre Museum “Louvre Abu Dhabi” in Abu Dhabi, UAE, opened in November 2017. With the cooperation of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, innovative designs and exhibits created based on unique concepts are attracting attention.
This time, I came from Dubai for a day trip, and I would like to see the access and the inside in detail.
※This article was written before the virus scandal. This will be updated.
- 1 You can go by bus.
- 2 have a small cafe
- 3 fresh look!
- 4 The entrance fee is 63 DH, and you can leave your luggage in the cloakroom.
- 5 What kind of art can I see?
- 6 a lobby “plaza” that extends inside the dome roof
- 7 Cafe facing the sea, delicious ice cream with dates
- 8 must-visit museum
You can go by bus.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a coastal area about 5 km north of the city of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. It’s connected by land, but it’s located at the western end of the island called Saadiyat Island.
Needless to say, the access is fast and reliable by taxi, but there is a route bus number 94, so if you are going from the Central Bus Terminal or the Shake Zayed Mosque, you can also use a bus!
The Abu Dhabi bus is described in detail in yesterday’s article → The Abu Dhabi bus must have an IC card! Detailed route map and how to ride!
From the bus stop to the entrance of the museum, you walk along a clean approach. I can hear the chirping of birds, it is a very quiet place and the wind is comfortable!
have a small cafe
On the way from the bus stop to the entrance is a small cafe with a small snack menu. Coffee ranges from 20 DH to 25 DH. Credit cards are also accepted.
I had a light lunch here, and the sandwich was “cajun chicken & guacamole”. It is an American salsa dish with Cajun chicken and avocado, but the taste is normal.
But “ice orange tea” which I ordered together had a very special taste and closed. … These two cost about 1700 yen in total, so I don’t recommend this place. There is also a cafe inside the museum (to be described later), so I think it’s better to use it for meals.
As you approach, you see a gray dome roof. It’s quite a new building, but it’s not as big as I thought it would be from a distance. It was designed by a French architect called Jean Nouvel (1945 ~).
Is the artificial pond spreading out in front of you …? I thought so, but it seems to be connected to the sea as it is. As you can see from the satellite picture, this museum stands on the sea and is connected to the land by a bridge.
Go ahead and you’ll find the entrance. Despite its name “Louvre”, the entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris is surprisingly modest.
The entrance fee is 63 DH, and you can leave your luggage in the cloakroom.
When you enter, there is a baggage inspection first, and the ticket office is beyond that. There is an automatic ticket machine before going to the ticket booth, but you need to enter your name and phone number, so it’s easier to go to the ticket window.
Admission is 63 DH. Tax 3DH is added to the list price of 60 DH. In addition, 31.5 DH is available from 13 to 22 years old, and it is free for children under 13 years old.
There is an audio guide, but unfortunately it doesn’t support Japanese. Also, there are brochures in Chinese, but I can’t find any in Japanese.
Also, you need to check your backpack and other items at the cloakroom. The place is right next to the ticket office. You need to come back here when you leave, so you should remember the place well when you use it.
What kind of art can I see?
The Louvre in Abu Dhabi is a collection of about 600 works from 13 French museums, including the Louvre and Orsay in Paris.
From paintings to sculptures to modern art, they exhibit a wide range of works, some of which are unique to the Louvre. However, the exhibition and space were far from the original Paris, and it took about an hour to look around.
The painting by Napoleon was the most impressive of all. This is the very famous “Napoleon surpassing the Alps” by Jacques Louis David. I have never seen the real one before, but it is a large painting that boasts a height of 2.6 meters and is quite impressive!
There are also folding screens on which maps of Japan and maps of the world are said to have been drawn in 1690. It is interesting that the place names in Edo period such as Musashi, Sagami, Kazusa and Shimousa are written as they were.
The work entitled “Fountain of Light” at the end of the permanent exhibition is attracting attention as modern art. This is the work of a Chinese artist called I Way (Ai Weiwei 1957 ~).
It’s a gorgeous piece made of countless pieces of crystal glass, but the concept has a slightly negative connotation of questioning globalism and diversity in the modern age.
a lobby “plaza” that extends inside the dome roof
After going through the permanent exhibition, you will see a new and spacious lobby! This lobby is called “plaza” and is located just under the dome roof that I saw in the exterior earlier.
This novel roof is made of eight layers of lattice-like materials, and has a structure that allows natural light to penetrate like a day of tree leakage. The dome roof is 180 meters in diameter, but it’s much bigger and more spacious than it looks from the outside!
This light leaf tree by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone (Giuseppe Penone 1947 ~) is in the center of this lobby. It was made for the opening of this museum, but the tip of the branch of the trunk melts into the handle of the ceiling, and the whole ceiling looks like a leaf.
Towards the end, there is also a place facing the sea. The sea water around here is beautiful, so the view looks even better!
Cafe facing the sea, delicious ice cream with dates
In addition, there is a cafe called Museum Café in this plaza, which has terrace seats facing the sea, and it has a nice atmosphere! There are plenty of seats, but sea-side seats seem to be very popular and many have the “Reserved” sign.
On the other hand, a street stall of Museum Café was located in a different place from the cafe. In addition to soft drinks and snacks, ice cream was also sold here.
There are 6 flavors. In addition to chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, dates, lime sherbet, tamarind and other flavors that are a little rare for Japanese.
Price: 15 DH. I tried the date flavor, and it was quite delicious! Milky and rich with a crisp texture. Elegant and delicious like peanuts like strawberry.
The salesman was extremely unfriendly (lol), but this is the right thing to eat!
So, speaking of my personal impression of visiting the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, the volume of the art works is not so great, but the concept of “modern architecture built on the sea” was very interesting!
If you want to see paintings, it is better to go to the original Paris from the beginning, but if you come to Abu Dhabi, it is still a place you should visit at least once.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
- Opening hours: 10:00 ~ 20:00 (Thursday and Friday: ~ 22:00, last entry 30 minutes before closing)
- Closed: Mondays