Other than the fact it is a former palatial home, there are plenty of aspects to the Louvre Museum, which everyone can appreciate including architectural nerds, history, and film buffs. The building is home to the Pyramide du Louvre designed by the I.M. Pei, which was added to the Cour Napoléon in the late 1980’s, and the La Pyramide Inversée, which added to the underground shopping mall, Carrousel du Louvre, in the early 1990’s.
The reflection pools that surround the pyramids at the entrance of the Louvre Museum in Paris are a remarkable sight even for the visitors waiting to purchase tickets. The Cour Napoléon is littered with references to history books, something that gets nods in “The Da Vinci Code” trial. There is even a Louvre Museum tour or visitor trial devoted to the famed novel by American author Dan Brown and facts and factual inaccuracies mentioned in that mysterious fiction.
The ‘Mona Lisa’ is the highlight of the thematic visitor trial, which starts at the Hall Napoléon or the same path under the Louvre Pyramid explored by Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu who are Brown’s symbologist and cryptologist respectively.
Other interesting nods to history resides in the Louvre departments devoted to Egyptian cultures, Middle Eastern, Romans and Greeks, and ancient Islamic faith. The 4 main departments of the Louvre Museum are replete with drawings, painting, statues, and an exclusive collection of decorative arts.
There is much to be seen in the Musée du Louvre guided tour, hence most people concentrate on a specific exhibit floor or two, which is often Denon Wing and Richelieu Wing. It is best to make full use of a bilingual tour guide or grab yourselves an inside the museum map at the least in order to navigate the Louvre the best possible way and avoid wandering or getting lost in the crowds.
Photography and filming for commercial for purposes is not allowed in the temporary exhibit floors of the Musée du Louvre and the same applies for capturing technical equipment and installations. However, if your interest to capture the temporary exhibition floors when on a Louvre Museum tour is for research or educational purposes, you can write a formal letter to the communication department of the Musée du Louvre to get prior sanctions for that.