Inaugurated in 2012, the Louvre Museum in Lens is located at the heart of a mining basin in northern france, on the former site of Lens mining pit no. 9, near the A1, A21 and A26 motorways, and the TGV train station. A resolutely contemporary and bright glass building, it stands at the heart of a 20-hectare landscaped park, covering an area of 28,000 m² including 7,000 m² of exhibition space.
The museum does not have its own collections but displays works from the collections of the Louvre Museum in Paris, as well as temporary exhibitions.
The centrepiece of the museum, the Great Gallery, is 120 metres long and covers 3,000 m². This vast space is devoted to the Louvre's semi-permanent collections, with the exhibits regularly updated. The elegant display and absence of walls separating the works contribute to a free-flowing visitor experience.
A place for more in-depth exploration, the Glass Pavilion has transparent walls and hosts annual themed exhibitions, with the park providing a lovely backdrop conducive to rest and reflection.
Guided tours, creative technique workshops for beginners, and workshop-tours for children are regularly organised at the Louvre Museum in Lens.
A place of relaxation and leisure, the museum park is free to enter every day, from 7 am to 9 pm between mid-May and mid-September, and from 8 am to 7 pm between mid-September and mid-May.