Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi is proud to be a diverse and inclusive museum. We are a place to share and celebrate stories of cultural connections and help you realise that we have more in common than we know. Wherever you’re from, you’ll be able to see your own story reflected in our museum galleries, which is why we have attracted staff from across the world to help tell our truly global history of humankind.
The team at Louvre Abu Dhabi brings together the best talents from many cultures and backgrounds, and in this video series, we hear from our museum staff as they tell their personal stories, inspired by key artworks from the collection. From front-of-house to behind-the-scenes, listen to the different experiences of working at this unique museum.
The Children’s Museum
Welcome to the Children’s Museum at Louvre Abu Dhabi! Prepare for an extraordinary adventure as we introduce our latest exhibition, ‘Picturing the Cosmos.’ This interstellar journey spans three breathtaking floors, immersing young visitors in the wonders of space. This family-friendly exhibition combines art and interactive games for an unforgettable experience.
Embark on a Space Mission to explore how artists from various backgrounds have been fascinated by the cosmos throughout history. Our cosmic odyssey unfolds in four themes:
- Contemplate: Marvel at celestial wonders through artistic interpretations of celestial bodies.
- Narrate: Discover captivating tales of stars and galaxies that have shaped our relationship with the cosmos over time and across cultures.
- Measure: Unlock the mysteries of the cosmos through scientific inventions and discoveries that have deepened our understanding of space.
- Explore: Turn dreams of interstellar travel and exploration into reality.
Don’t miss this extraordinary space adventure, where the cosmos becomes an inspiring playground for explorers of all ages.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, born from the visionary mind of architect Jean Nouvel, stands as the vibrant heart of a new urban landscape in the United Arab Emirates’ capital. This architectural marvel, blending concrete, water, and the mesmerizing interplay of light, draws inspiration from the region’s rich architectural heritage. Its unique location, where the Arabian sky meets Saadiyat Island’s sands and the Arabian Gulf’s waters, has made it a modern urban wonder and a symbol of the UAE’s ambition.
At its core, a striking silvery dome, seemingly weightless despite its 7,500-tonne mass (similar to the Eiffel Tower in Paris), is the centerpiece of Nouvel’s design. This dome, echoing Arabic cupolas, boasts a complex structure adorned with 7,850 stars arranged in eight layers, creating a captivating ‘rain of light’ effect as sunlight filters through. This tribute to nature, inspired by Abu Dhabi’s palm trees, casts a dappled pattern reminiscent of their leaves on the ground.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, often described as a “museum-city in the sea,” is surrounded by water, offering visitors access by both land and sea. Its 55 buildings, including 23 galleries, draw architectural inspiration from the region’s low-rise homes. Along the exterior walkways, visitors can pause, contemplate artworks, and soak in the ever-changing interplay of sun, sea, art, and architecture, akin to meandering through the winding streets of an Arabian medina.
Opening hours & timings
Saturday to Thursday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
From Abu Dhabi – City: From the Corniche/Mina Port
From Dubai on E11 or Yas Island Take the Saadiyat Island / Yas Island exit on to Sheikh Khalifa Highway E12 and drive along Yas Highway to the Cultural District / Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island. Follow road signs from the highway to Louvre Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi city bus number 94
Visit Abu Dhabi Shuttle Bus
On the Cultural Express
Free round trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
Hop onto the Cultural Express and get to the museum from Dubai for free. The shuttle serves two stops only – Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr al Watan. Leaving Dubai from Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai at 9.00am and returning to Dubai from Qasr al Watan at 6:00pm and from Louvre Abu Dhabi at 6:35pm
A drop-off / pick-up point is situated just in front of the main entrance at the visitor car park.
On The Cultural Express
Free round trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
Hop onto the Cultural Express and get to the museum from Dubai for free.
The shuttle serves two stops only – Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr al Watan
Leaving Dubai from Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai at 9.00am and returning to Dubai from Qasr al Watan at 6:00pm and from Louvre Abu Dhabi at 6:35pm.
For more details on the shuttle drop off locations and timings, click here.
No booking required, number of seats are limited.
Take the water taxi service from Marsa Mina, Abu Dhabi Port’s Cruise Terminal, to Louvre Abu Dhabi. Tickets can be purchased through their online ticketing system here.
Louvre Abu Dhabi Ticket
Louvre Abu Dhabi is open from 10am to midnight
Galleries and exhibitions close at 6.30pm on weekdays and 8.30pm from Friday – Sunday
Museum Café closes at 8pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends from Friday-Sunday.
Aptitude Café closes at 10pm daily.
Dome remains open until midnight, last entry is at 11pm.
Museum is closed on Monday
Adult price: AED 63
Under 18: FREE
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Frequently asked questions about Louvre Abu Dhabi
Galleries, exhibitions and boutique
Weekdays: Tuesday – Thursday | 10am – 6:30pm
Weekends: Friday – Sunday | 10am – 8:30pm
Museum is closed on Mondays
Dome and restaurants
Daily: Tuesday – Sunday | 10am – midnight (last entry at 11pm) *
Closed on Mondays
For details of restaurant offerings and opening times please check the website.
* A museum ticket or a reservation for Fouquet’s or Art Lounge is required for access until 6:30pm Tuesday – Thursday and 8:30pm Friday – Sunday.
From 6:30pm Tuesday – Thursday and 8:30pm Friday – Sunday access to the museum is complimentary and no ticket is required (galleries are closed).
No, as per government guidelines, wearing masks or gloves is no longer mandatory apart for visitors using the prayer or multi faith rooms, where mask are still required.
Visitors can enjoy the museum with their family and children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Members can enjoy the museum with their guests and family. Number of accompanying guests varies according to membership type entitlement.
Cloakrooms are available once your entry ticket has been scanned.
Please note bags and backpacks, other than small ladies’ handbags, are not allowed in the galleries. We recommend that bags are left in your vehicle or placed in the cloakroom during your visit.
Louvre Abu Dhabi does not offer a multimedia guide for rental, as our free app is designed for use on your personal device and contains all the functionality of a multimedia guide.
Before you arrive at the museum, we recommend that you download our free app to your personal device, to enjoy the complimentary multimedia guide to fully explore our artworks and navigate the museum. Don’t forget your headphones! The guide is available in English, Arabic, French, Mandarin, Russian, German and Hindi.
If, as a Person of Determination, you require accessible functionality, complimentary multimedia guides are available for loan from the People of Determination desk in the ticketing hall. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.
Yes, there are areas to sit within the museum
Wheelchairs and strollers are available on request by visitors and are disinfected before and after each use.
Yes, prayer rooms are available.
Welcome to the Children’s Museum at Louvre Abu Dhabi! Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure as we unveil our latest exhibition, ‘Picturing the Cosmos’, an interstellar journey that spans three awe-inspiring floors, transporting young visitors straight into the depths of space. This family-friendly exhibition is your gateway to the wonders of the cosmos, blending art and interactive games for an unforgettable experience.
Yes, 45-minute Express tours are available. Individual tours are available at 12:00 noon every day, cost AED 50. The tour explores highlights from the museum collection. Book your ticket here. Private express tours are also available for a group of up to 25 people. Cost AED 600. These group tours are available to book daily at 10:30, 12:30, 14:30 and 16:30. Book group tours via the Louvre Abu Dhabi Call Centre, call 600 56 55 66. Audio tours are also available via the multimedia guide on our free app.
We recommend booking your ticket(s) in advance of your visit on our website. Ticket(s) can also be purchased upon arrival at the museum until 5:30pm.
Yes, payment in cash is accepted at all museum outlets, including food and beverage sites and the boutique.
Yes, an ATM machine is available in the ticketing hall.
Yes, the membership desk is open in the ticketing hall.
Both Fouquet’s and Marta Bar are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday from 12pm to 12am (last order at 10pm), Friday, Saturday from 12pm – 1am (last order at 10.30pm) and are closed on Mondays.
For information and bookings, please contact Fouquet’s directly on +971 2 205 4200 or via email on email@example.com
The Museum Café is open from 10am to 6:30pm Tuesday – Thursday and 10am to 10pm Friday – Sunday (closed Mondays) with à la carte dine-in menu and ‘grab and go’ options.
Art Lounge is open from 3pm to 12am, closed Mondays.
Yes, Aptitude café is open daily, including Mondays from 9am to 10pm.
The menu includes a wide selection of breakfast items, hot food, salads and, of course, specialty coffee.
Yes. Sessions are available every day (except Mondays) for timings and booking click here Participants must be over 6 years of age. Enjoy the museum from the stillness of the Arabic Gulf. Take a tour on a kayak and learn all about Louvre Abu Dhabi’s architecture from a unique perspective.
Yes. Yoga sessions are available for details on timings and bookings please click here.
Yes, a golf cart service is available.
Visitor parking is available from 7am to midnight. No overnight parking is allowed.
Currently, the museum does not have an electric vehicle charging station in the visitor car park.
You can walk outside along the Promenade area.
Public toilets are available outside of the museum near the visitor parking.
Please contact the call centre at 600565566 and our team will be able to assist you.
The call centre can advise on how to collect your item from the museum’s security. Collection is possible only once the call centre has confirmed that we have found your item. You will be requested to bring an ID to collect your item.
Please contact the call centre at 600565566.
You can download our free app which contains a multimedia guide to learn more about the artworks in the museum galleries and our temporary exhibitions. The guide is available in English, Arabic, French, Mandarin, Russian, German and Hindi. For more information, please visit: www.louvreabudhabi.ae/en/learn/multimedia-guide.
Please contact our call centre at 600565566. Call Centre Opening times: 8am – 8pm
Please contact our call centre for enquiries at 600565566.
Louvre Abu Dhabi Membership (info and membership): Members@louvreabudhabi.ae
Membership for Teachers (info and membership): Members@louvreabudhabi.ae
Membership for Young Adults (info and membership): Members@louvreabudhabi.ae
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