Abu Dhabi: Arts and culture lovers can now rejoice as the popular Abu Dhabi museum the Louvre is set to reopen to visitors on June 24. Tickets can be purchased on Louvre Abu Dhabi’s website ahead of the museum’s reopening.
Visitors will once again be able to experience Louvre Abu Dhabi’s world-class collection and view its latest international exhibition, Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between East and West, which will run from July 1 and extended until October 18.
From June 24 onwards, Admission for children and young adults under the age of 18 is free, as a part of the museum’s mission to further engage younger audiences and families.
“We look forward to giving our museum back to the community and resuming our physical role as a space for sharing our many stories of cultural connections. As we prepare to reopen, we are furthering our commitment to being a mindful museum – a concept that has always been a part of our DNA and is now more urgent than ever before,” Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi Manuel Rabaté said.
He also assured that appropriate health and safety measures have been put in place – including thermal scanning, new opening hours, and limiting the number of visitors every hour. Masks and gloves will also be mandatory.
“We have planned carefully and methodically alongside the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to ensure that the appropriate health and safety measures are in place. I want to thank our dedicated staff for their resilience and hard work to prepare for this moment. We are eager and excited to welcome back visitors soon,” Rabate further added.
The museum will be taking a number of new health and safety precautions, in order to ensure both a safe and comfortable experience for guests. These new measures include:
- Revised opening hours (10:00 – 18:30, Tues-Sun). Last museum entry will be 17:30
- A limited number of visitors per hour to allow proper social distancing
- Once at the museum, visitors cannot stay for more than three hours
- Thermal temperature scanning of all visitors will be mandatory upon arrival
- Masks and gloves will be required for all visitors throughout their stay at the museum
- Only credit cards or smart payments will be allowed throughout the museum, including food courts and boutiques.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will continue to connect with art lovers through its digital programmes that offer free access to content through virtual tours, video, audio, and downloadable activities.
Inaugurated on 8 November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron, UAE Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, Abu Dhabi. It is approximately 24,000 square metres (260,000 sq ft) in size, with 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq ft) of galleries, making it the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula.
Artworks from around the world are showcased at the museum, with particular focus placed upon bridging the gap between Eastern and Western art.