The Louvre Quiz

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The Louvre is arguably the most famous museum in the world. How much do you know about the home of the "Mona Lisa"? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

Where is the Louvre?

Just checking if you were awake. Paris it is.

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Where exactly in Paris is the Louvre?

The Louvre is on the right bank of the Seine, in the 1st arrondissement.

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What was the original purpose of the Louvre building?

King Philip II constructed the Louvre as a fortress in the late 12th century. In the 16th century, Francis I had most of it demolished to make way for a residential palace.

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Francis I had a close relationship with this artist.

The king was a patron of da Vinci and persuaded him to move to France.

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Which king basically abandoned the Louvre in favor of the newly constructed palace at Versailles?

Louis XIV moved to Versailles in 1682, and the Louvre fell into disuse.

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When did the Louvre open to the public?

With the French Revolution under way, the National Assembly decided that the Louvre should become a public art museum. It opened on Aug. 10, 1793, the first anniversary of the monarchy's fall.

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What's the official name of the "Mona Lisa"?

Da Vinci's model for the painting was Lisa del Giocondo.

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When Napoleon came to power, the Louvre's name changed to …

Napoleon, never one for humility, named the museum for himself.

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What did Napoleon do with the "Mona Lisa"?

Napoleon had the painting in his bedroom.

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How many stolen/seized works of art did France return after Napoleon fell from power?

Napoleon greatly expanded the museum's collection, but his methods were far from above-board. Five thousand pieces went back to their rightful countries.

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Who stole the "Mona Lisa" in 1911?

Louvre worker Vincenzo Peruggia was arrested after trying to sell the "Mona Lisa" to an art dealer in Florence.

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For how long was it gone?

The "Mona Lisa" took a tour of Italy before being returned to the Louvre in 1913.

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About how many people visit the Louvre every year?

In 2014, 9.3 million people visited the Louvre.

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And that places the Louvre ____ on the list of most-visited museums in the world.

The Louvre tops the list, with Beijing's Museum of China in second place.

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What percentage of Louvre visitors are from France?

Sixty-five percent of Louvre visitors are foreign tourists.

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How much does it cost to get into the Louvre?

Admission to the Louvre is 15 euros, or about $16.50.

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How many people work at the Louvre?

There are about 2,000 people on the Louvre staff.

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What's the newest department at the Louvre?

Islamic art is the eighth and newest department, created in 2003 and housed in a new addition since 2012.

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Is the Louvre the biggest museum in the world?

Yes, the Louvre holds the largest-museum title.

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How many works of art does the Louvre own?

The museum has 380,000 artifacts and works of art.

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How long would it take you to see every work of art in the Louvre if you looked at each one for 30 seconds?

It would take 100 days of around-the-clock perusing to see it all.

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To which country did the Louvre loan the "Mona Lisa" for its first foreign tour?

Jackie Kennedy persuaded Charles de Gaulle's cultural minister to loan the "Mona Lisa" to the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a short time in 1963.

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How big is the "Mona Lisa"?

Louvre visitors often comment on how small the "Mona Lisa" is — just 21-by-30 inches.

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What fraction of the paintings in the Louvre are by French artists?

Two-thirds of the paintings are by French artists.

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What's the Louvre's square footage in acres?

The Louvre encompasses 15 acres.

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What shape is the (formerly) controversial addition to the Louvre that was completed in 1989?

Traditionalists clutched their pearls at architect I.M. Pei's glass pyramids, but the addition is now considered iconic.

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Where's the second Louvre?

Abu Dhabi made a roughly $1.3 billion deal with the Louvre to open a second location.

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What's the most famous sculpture on display at the Louvre?

The armless Venus de Milo is thought to have been carved in the 2nd century B.C.E. by Greek sculptor Alexandros of Antioch.

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Why did the Louvre shut down briefly in spring 2013?

Louvre staff went on strike in 2013 because bands of young pickpockets were creating a security nightmare.

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Why did the Louvre shut down briefly in spring 2016?

In June 2016, the Seine reached its highest levels in 30 years.

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