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Louvre-Lens Museum

Local name: Musée du Louvre-Lens

The Louvre Museum in Lens in northern France is a regional division of the Paris art museum. It was opened at the end of 2012. The museum does not have its own collection. The exhibits presented here are borrowed from the Louvre headquarters. It organizes temporary exhibitions that allow people outside Paris to explore the collections of the world's most famous museum.

In 2003, the Louvre Museum together with the Ministry of Culture and other state institutions announced a program to build regional branches of the Louvre. Only the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region has applied for the program. The choice fell on the city of Lens. The modern museum building was built on the devastated area of the former mine.

It is the work of an international team of architects. The building refers to the appearance of the Paris Louvre, but interprets it in a modern formula. The facility received the architectural prize Prix d'architecture de l'Équerre d'argent in 2013. Spacious, bright interiors allow for clear display of systematically changing exhibitions.


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    Rue Paul Bert 9962300 Lens , France