THE RESOURCE CENTRE A place for relaxation, work and discovery

Open to everyone to share, explore and learn

Situated in the reception hall, the Resource Centre is a lively space devoted to disseminating and sharing information, where newcomers and seasoned museum-goers alike, visitors on their own and families, have access to the different areas of knowledge related to the museum world. Open to everyone, it is designed as a "toolbox" and a place where you can discover how to use the museum. Here the exhibitions, artworks, collections, professions, codes and customs as much scientific as cultural are presented and explained. Visitors may also participate in workshops and training courses, try out new mediation tools, and share their experiences and questions with others, through discussions and talks. The idea is to give everyone the most relevant and useful keys to exploring, understanding and questioning the museum in all its dimensions.



The resource centre is on two levels:

  • In the museum hall on the ground floor

    The Resource Centre is in two glass bubbles in the hall with a total area of 390 m2. The first bubble has been designed to provide an introduction to the museum and its programme, to help visitors understand the museum space and familiarise themselves with it. The second bubble, which houses the media library and its many resources, allows visitors to explore their initial discoveries in greater depth or carry out their own investigations. In these two comfortable social spaces the Resource Centre's own staff are on hand to support and guide visitors in using the resources. The whole idea of the Louvre-Lens is to break away from the "mausoleum" image of the museum and to show people that the Louvre is not only a fathomless resource and a dynamic space where they can question, discover, and read the world and the works of humanity in a multitude of different ways, but also a workplace where many different professionals and scientists with specialist knowledge carry out their work and where everyone, interested museum goers, passing visitors, experts, professionals, parents, children and teachers, can satisfy their desire to learn or simply enjoy themselves.

  • In the basement

    The Resource Centre also has 400 m2 devoted to training, to meetings with museum professionals and to learning about art history. This professional dimension, aimed at teachers and researchers as well professional museum mediators, is one of the major assets of the Louvre-Lens which aims to provide a genuine platform for experimentation and work to the people involved in making the museums of today. This space has three training rooms, a vast lounge overlooking the restoration workshops, as well as an auditorium and a multimedia studio. This studio is designed to show people how to use digital media (tablets, cameras, search engines) and create their own resources, an introductory tour, multimedia documentary records, educational materials in the artistic fields, etc.. A small 90-seat auditorium, open not only to art historians but also to any interested party, hosts, alongside academic symposia related to the temporary exhibitions and the collection of the Grande Galerie, introductory talks on art history, lectures, debates and meetings with professionals and researchers, but also with writers, artists and documentary makers who come to compare notes, share information and enrich the connections made between the museum and its visitors.

A diversity of discovery areas… For children, families, students, teachers, etc.

Children and families have their own dedicated space in a first bubble, consisting of a "cabin" where younger children can learn about the museum world through play and drawing while older ones explore with the family the resources made available to them.

In the immersive space of a second bubble, the visitor is immersed in the artworks by means of very high definition images projected in very large format. Each work of art is deciphered in the presence of a mediator from different angles, artistic and symbolic (iconographic analysis), but also technical (using scientific imaging) and archaeological (putting the work of art back into its context, in 3D in its original site).

The Resource Centre nevertheless places great emphasis on books. Its media library, located in bubble 2, has documentary resources consisting of 6000 books, mostly on art history and on the temporary exhibitions, but also on more specific subjects such as the museum's different fields of work, and the history of the museum site and project. Research in the field of museology and new tools for disseminating knowledge will also be available.

Books aimed at young visitors will also account for a significant part of these documentary resources.