Louvre Abu Dhabi is a new cultural beacon, bringing different cultures together to shine fresh light on the shared stories of humanity

A pioneering cultural project – the first of its kind

The origins of Louvre Abu Dhabi date back to 2007, when France and the United Arab Emirates came together to develop a new kind of cultural institution. The result is a museum rooted in universal human values, the first of its kind in the region. Louvre Abu Dhabi represents the dynamic nature of the contemporary Arab world, while celebrating the region’s vibrant multicultural heritage.

With support and contributions from Agence France-Muséums – gathering seventeen of France’s most renowned cultural institutions – Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a unique opportunity to combine the UAE’s bold vision of cultural progression and openness with France’s expertise in the world of art and museums.

A universal museum in the Arab world

What does it mean to be ‘universal’? For Louvre Abu Dhabi, it means focusing on what unites us: the stories of human creativity that transcend individual cultures or civilisations., times or places. This ethos guides the museum in everything it does: from its foundation as a collaboration between two cultures to the dazzling architecture that combines French design with Arabic heritage.

Louvre Abu Dhabi champions the cultural achievements of mankind, from prehistory to the present day. From the start, this approach governed the choices of works for the collection and how they could come together in the museum. The galleries are not separated by geography but in chronological order. The aim is to induce respect, curiosity, learning and self-reflection.

See humanity in a new light

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