The Louvre museum lies in the center of Paris home to the destroyed Palais des Tuileries. The adjacent Tuileries Gardens house the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume. The Louvre is slightly askew of the Historic Axis, an eight-kilometre (five-mile) architectural line bisecting the city beginning on the east in the Louvre courtyard and runs west along the Champs Elysees.
The Louvre museum contains more than 380,000 objects with more than 60,600 square metres dedicated to the permanent collection, it is the world's most visited museum, averaging 15,000 visitors per day. The Louvre exhibits sculptures, objets d'art, paintings, drawings, and archaeological finds. Its collection, which ranges from Egyptian art of 5000 BC to nineteenth-century work, is divided into seven departments: Oriental and Islamic Antiquities; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Roman and Etruscan Antiquities; Painting; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; and Graphic Arts.
After architects Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti had won an international competition to create its new galleries for Islamic art, the new 3,000 sq m pavilion eventually opened in 2012.
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