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“A Great Idea !”
Review of Louvre-Lens

Louvre-Lens
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Lens
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Montreal, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A Great Idea !”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

A great idea from the French Ministry of Culture (in 2003 - President J.P. Raffarin) to build a new Louvre in Lens, to revive this old mining town. It is a success.
The temporary exhibition is from RUBENS - and is superb! Then the permanent exhibition is "La Galerie du Temps" (Timeline). The objects are from the collections of the Musee du Louvre in Paris. These objects are from BC 3500 to AD 1750. So you have 5250 years of art and history in one place! It is very informative and beautiful! Explanation in 3 languages (French, English and Flamish).
There is a fee for the temporary exhibition only. ( 9 euro)
If you want a quick bite, there is a cafeteria but if you want a good lunch and time to rest, there is a nice restaurant (it is suggested to make a reservation before you go.)
We had a very nice day.

Visited August 2013
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leeds
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“LOUVRE too complicated to navigate”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Been here twice, both times saw Mona LIsa & Venus plus lots of places of interest. First visit in winter, less crowded. Recent visit Aug 2013.when wanted to see specific art works so hired audios. Spent 2 hours going round in circles looking for our art works despite audio telling us where we were & asking staff for directions. Staff & Audio did not tell us that we needed to exit parts of Louvre in order to access other floors, Disappointing as we did not achieve our aims.
Will not go again.

Visited August 2013
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London
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“Go, enjoy the displays, leave before you get hungry..”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Louvre Lens is a beautiful building and if you can easily spend 2-3 hours there. There are two highlights in terms of the content: 1. the fascinating central semi-permanent display, La Galerie du Temps, where works are displayed in one large space in chronological order; rather than room after room of paintings or sculptures, as one would find in the Louvre in Paris, examples of work from all periods and all art forms (e.g. sculpture, painting, ceramics) have been carefully chosen to enable you to walk through the history of art from 3500 BC to 1800 and compare the works and influences of different civilisations. There is a free multi-media guide to help you navigate it and various tours are also offered (for an additional charge). 2. An interesting display in the basement, "Behind the Scenes at the Museum", which gives you a chance to understand better what's involved in running a museum and looking after the works of art; and where the works in the Louvre collection come from. However, other aspects of the visit are less satisfying: the cafeteria is small, expensive and under-staffed and the seated space outside is quite small and, on a very sunny day, with only partial shade cover. After spending this much on the museum, would providing a couple more parasols have killed them...? I would strongly recommend eating before you go ; or planning to visit early and leave by lunch-time; or taking your own food and finding somewhere to eat it. The security is also a bit OTT; and although entry to La Galerie du Temps if free, you need a ticket and this has to be shown every time you go back in, even if you are on a gallery-organised tour which feels very bureaucratic. But these are minor quibbles for which the quality of the displays more than compensate.

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We didn't book in advance and there was no wait. It is easy to navigate, I liked the old news reels. it gave mr a chance to sit and relax and brought the past to life. Well worth the visit.

Visited April 2013
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
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“Awesome”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We were lucky as we did not get our tickets in advance and the line was short.

We had decided what we wanted to see in advance and plotted our path. Even so we still hot lost.

Visited April 2013
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