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The Galerie du temps

5,000 years of history at a glance

The Galerie du Temps (Gallery of Time) is the true heartbeat of the Louvre-Lens. More than 200 masterpieces loaned by the Musée du Louvre are displayed in an open space covering 3,000 m2.

The chronological display extends from the 4th millennium BC to the mid 19th century, offering a unique journey through the history of art and humankind. Intermingling eras, techniques and civilizations, it makes it possible to look at the Louvre’s collections differently and discover them afresh.

The curators of the Galerie du Temps are Laurence des Cars, president-director of the Musée du Louvre, and Vincent Pomarède, director of cultural programming and outreach at the Musée du Louvre.

The installation was designed by Studio Adrien Gardère.

The Galerie du Temps is supported by the Crédit Agricole Nord de France.

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Galerie du temps

New masterpieces to discover

The Galerie du Temps offers a unique glimpse of art history, providing key pointers in a veritable distillation of the Louvre’s collections. Its collection, as it were, is made up of more than 200 works – or groups of works – from the Louvre’s galleries. But the display is not fixed: every year, on the date of the museum’s anniversary in December, dozens of works are replaced and the display is renewed.
Major masterpieces on display include, Murillo’s Young Beggar, Joseph Vernet’s Seascape, Botticelli’s Virgin and Child, Tintoretto’s Susanna Bathing and Johann Christian Neuber’s Teschen Table.

‘In the Louvre palace, visitors can be overwhelmed by the extraordinary scale of the building and the maze of rooms. At the Louvre-Lens, however, they encounter a place where they can take in the prolific history of human creation at a glance. The Louvre-Lens thus makes it possible to see the Louvre’s collections with a fresh eye, to rediscover them even.’

Jean-Luc Martinez, president-director of the Musée du Louvre, curator of the Galerie du Temps

Innovative museology

Located east of the entrance hall, the Galerie du Temps occupies a spectacular open space 120 metres long and covering an area of 3,000 m2.

Its internal walls – with no openings onto the outside – are clad in aluminium. Their hazy reflections put the works and visitors into perspective, blurring spatial limits and avoiding any sense of enclosure.

The light grey concrete floor, the monochrome simplicity of the display furniture and the even, diffuse light from the ceiling form an ethereal setting in which the works of art seem to float, with no compartmentalisation to block the view or impede movement.

The slight downward slope from the entrance offers a sweeping view of the entire hall. The floor follows the gentle slope of the terrain, inviting visitors to descend as the exhibition unfolds.

The selection highlights the variety of materials, sizes and forms, with works displayed in such a way that visitors can view them from different angles and distances.

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Galerie du temps
Galerie du temps
Galerie du temps
Galerie du temps
Galerie du temps
Galerie du temps
Galerie du temps
Les œuvres de la Galerie du temps

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Practical information
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Opening times

The museum is open every day except Tuesday, from 10am to 6pm (admission and ticket desks close at 5:15pm).

The museum is closed on Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

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How to get there

The town of Lens can be reached by the A21 motorway, which links up with the A1 – E17 (Lille–Paris) and the A26 – E15 (Calais–Reims).

Free parking:
Paul Bert car park (rue Paul Bert in Lens), Jean Jaurès car park in Liévin (4 rue du Dr Piette), Stade Bollaert-Delelis car park (reached via the rue Boulloche in Lens).


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Admission to the Gallery of Time and the Glass Pavilion is free.

Did you know that the Louvre-Lens is a signatory to the MÔM’ART charter?

The Môm’Art charter was drawn up by parents and visitors keen to bring children to the museum. Its aim is to help museums and cultural sites encourage visits by children and families.