Before 2017 ended, we were blessed enough to have been able to visit the newest museum in town, Louvre Abu Dhabi. Coming from Al Ruwais, it took about an hour and a half before we reached the venue. Good thing my aunt was able to book our tickets online so we didn't have to line up amongst the long cue of people by the entrance gates. The area is truly attractive from the outside, and the washrooms along with the perfect greenery for photo-shoots are situated outdoors. The museum's dome-like structure is already a work of art in itself — bravo to the ones who came up with its construction and design. So genius!
There are two main buildings (aside from the children's museum). The first one's full of galleries that dates back to the pre-historic era. The inside is a one-way route which leads the visitors into a maze-like structure. Each hall is organized by its own historical facts by the foyers. Although there are no live guides to orient people with what they're seeing, a lot of the pieces have informational descriptions which was helpful too. Some listen to audio guides while some just make use of the map given to everyone firsthand. The map served as a really great tool for us since we were a group of people just wanting to know what was going on and where we were heading to next.
Also, the place was heavily guarded in the entrance, in the atrium itself and especially the exit. My youngest cousin was even told off by one of the guards because he accidentally laid a finger on one of the tapestry hanging on the wall which, I believe, was out of pure excitement. Imagine seeing biblical scenes coming to life right before your eyes!
A lot of the art I saw inside honestly made my jaw- drop knowing that the ancient people were the very ones who created those themselves. They must be interestingly creative and innovative —something, I believe, no one could ever compare with even today. Some of the artifacts even dates back to 3000 BCE! If you are a person who's in love with history, I assure you that you will love everything you'll land your eyes on at Louvre AUH! Working our way out, the next few halls included contemporary paintings on display. I absolutely enjoyed the beautifully done abstract illustrations.
The second building consists mainly of artworks found and made by the people of Paris, France. There you'll see a lot paintings, sculptures and genuinely crafted pieces of art. Unfortunately, we weren't able to spend a lot of time there because we were already about to leave and head back to another place in Abu Dhabi before heading back to Dubai.
Oh, did you know that the Louvre museum's part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government? I know right!
Thankfully, I was able to take a few good pictures of the bits and pieces inside. Although I wasn't able to see the 2 paintings of the well-known Italian painter Leonardo Da Vinci, I am still as glad that I was able to join my relatives in this awesome trip!
I just admire how universal the museum is. It spoke and showcased artwork from all around the world where no specific religion, background and culture was put to focus, but rather exhibited how the gap between the Western and Eastern worlds were bridged. I truly appreciate moments where I feel one with the people of the past. For sure their lives weren't as comfortable as ours in this present age, but they have done such a great job in laying down a foundation of brilliant ideas and innovations where we all stand in today. For that, I am thankful.
Please feel free to view the photos below.
Everything from Paris, France.
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