WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Louvre has digitized around 480,000 items from its collection so that they can be viewed online.
- These virtual visits are available online for free.
- Included in the virtual collection are items not just from the Louvre, but items on loan from the British Museum, Heraklion, and other items from the Tuileries Garden and National Museums Recovery.
A visit to the Louvre in Paris may be on your bucket list, but international travel hasn’t been so simple — even before transportation was limited and the museum had to close its doors in October.
However, its famed collection may see even more visitors thanks to the power of the internet. Last week, the Louvre announced that it’s making more than 480,000 items in its collection available for viewing online for free!
Art lovers and history buffs will be able to explore the museum’s treasures and can even search items according to department or theme. According to the museum’s president and director, Jean-Luc Martinez, “even the least known” items will get a chance to be seen.
People will even get a chance to see items that the Louvre has on long-term loan, items from the British Museum and the archaeological museum of Heraklion. Other items not just from the Louvre, like sculptures from the Tuileries Garden and National Museums Recovery works, will also be included.
All items will have basic information like title, artist, and date and place of production.
According to NPR, the almost half a million digitized items that are available for viewing represent about 75% of the Louvre’s entire archive. The museum’s website says that its Collections database is updated daily by a team of experts from the Louvre. The virtual visits are designed to be viewed on both computers and smartphones and are available in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
Since its temporary closing in October, the Louvre has been undergoing long-awaited renovations.