Musée national de la Marine

Musée national de la Marine

The museum’s history all begins with  a collection of models of ships and naval installations that were offered to Louis XV by Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau. With the offering, he made the request that the collections be displayed at the Louvre and be made available for students of the Naval engineers  school to view. The collection was put on display in 1752 at the Louvre, next to the Academy of Sciences section, and was called “Salle de Marine” (Navy room).

Unfortunately, during the French Revolution the Navy Room was closed and the models were added to the King’s personal collection, with some also being given to the Ministry of Navy and other executors. In 1810, Napoleon ordered a gallery of 19 models be put on display at Grand Trianon in order to document the types of warships in usage in the French Navy during that time. In 1827 with the Bourbon Restoration, Charles X ordered the Naval museum be reopened at the Louvre. The collection became rather large, with new models being added and commissioned throughout the years and through different conservators of the Naval museum. Finally in 1920 the administration of the collection was passed on to the French Navy made the Naval museum a part of the Palais de Chaillot.

Here’s some examples of models you can expect to see when touring the Musée national de la Marine:

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April 2012 Hotel of the Month: Hotel Cardinal Rive Gauche

Location: 20-22 Rue Pascal, Paris, France   75005

Size: 36 Rooms

Rating: 3 Stars


Sometimes staying in a smaller, quieter, hotel is the best way to enjoy your stay in Paris and truly get a feel for the city. The charming Hotel Cardinal Rive Gauche is tucked away in Paris’s 5th district and offers you a true “home away from home” feeling while also not sparing any of that Parisian flair. The hotel is convenient to many of Paris’s main attractions as well, such as the Eiffel Tower, The Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, The Louvre, the Botanical Garden, and much more!

Upon arriving at the hotel, you’ll immediately feel in good hands. The staff is attentive, informative, and completely focused on your needs. You can even get excellent restaurant and sightseeing recommendations.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised on the spacious guest rooms and large windows here, given the fact that the hotel is rather small. All the guest rooms are nicely decorated in a French countryside style, painted in soothing colors and with beds inviting you to fall into them. When you awake from your restful slumber, be sure to grab a delicious bite to eat from the hotel restaurant before hitting the town.

The guest services offered here are basic but well provided, and the staff will ensure you want for nothing.

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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Pets Allowed
  • Phone/Fax
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Services
  • Luggage Room
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Experience “The Davinci Code” at the Louvre

Its been established that The Louvre is a definite stop on your Parisian vacation. It houses great masterpieces such as The Mona Lisa, The Venus de Milo, and The Odalisque, among many others. But did you know that you can take an hour and a half “thematic trail” following the footsteps taken by the characters in the book and movie “The Davinci Code”? On the tour you will be shown key artifacts from the story and given explanations of how they tied in with Dan Brown’s story, along with some embellishments being cleared up.

Your guided tour begins under the Pyramid, and from there it will wind through the halls and rooms of The Louvre painting the well-known and loved book and movie in a new light for visitors. Along the way you can expect to see:

  • The Hera of Samos
  • The staircase of the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Arago Medallion
  • The Mona Lisa
  • The Red Rooms
  • The Inverted Pyramid
  • The Death of the Virgin
  • The Salon Carre, and much more!

Visit the Louvre’s website,, before your trip and purchase your tickets and see further details. You can purchase a 2 day pass for only €39 per person. Along with catching one of “The Davinci Code” guided tours during your visit, you can also see other featured exhibitions, see lectures, view films and see live performances. If you plan your trip soon, you may even catch the “New Frontier: American Art Enters the Louvre” exhibition that is displaying from January 14, 2012 until April 16, 2012.

Louvre Museum

The Louvre, originally a palace but now one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, is a must-visit for anyone with a slight interest in art. Some of the museum’s most famous works of art are the Mona Lisa and the Venus of Milo.

Originally a royal palace, the Louvre became a public museum at the end of the 18th century. It is located in the 1st arrondissement, in the heart of Paris.

Venus of Milo, Louvre Museum, Paris

Venus of Milo
There are about 35.000 objects on display, spread out over three wings of the former palace. The museum has a diverse collection ranging from the antiquity up to the mid 19th century. A large part of the collection consists of European paintings and sculptures. Other rooms contain Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Oriental art. There is also a section with ‘Objects d’Art’, where objects such as clocks, furniture, china and tapestries are displayed.

Some of the most famous works of art in the museum are the Venus of Milo, the Nike of Samothrake, the Dying Slave by Michelangelo and of course Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

History of the Louvre
Musée du Louvre

Louvre seen from across the Seine
The Louvre was created in several phases. Originally built as a 12th century fortress, it was converted into a royal palace in the 14th century.

Its current appearance goes back to the 15th century, when the original fortress was demolished and the wing along the Seine river was built. The palace was extended during the 16th century by architect Pierre Lescot, who expanded the palace into a complex with two courtyards. A decade later Catharina de Medici added the Tuileries palace to the west of the Louvre. Construction on the Louvre was halted for some time when king Louis XIV decided to move to the Versailles Palace.

In the 19th century, during the Second Empire, the Louvre was expanded again with the addition of the Richelieu wing.

East Wing, Louvre Museum

East Wing
The Louvre now had four symmetric wings surrounding a large courtyard. This would not last long, as the Communards burned the Tuileries palace in 1871, opening up the west side of the palace.

The collection of the Louvre Museum was first established in the 16th century by King Francis I. One of the works of art he purchased was the now famous Mona Lisa painting. The collection grew steadily thanks to donations and purchases by the kings. In 1793, during the French Revolution, the private royal collection opened to the public.

Louvre Pyramid

Louvre Pyramid

The most recent addition to the Louvre was the construction of the glass pyramid, which functions as the museum’s main entrance. The pyramid was built in 1989 by the renowned American architect I.M. Pei. The glass pyramid allows the sunlight to come in on the underground floor.

The modern addition originally received mixed reviews, as it contrasts sharply with the classical design of the surrounding buildings, but today it is generally accepted as a clever solution which has given the museum a spacious central entrance without the need to touch the historic patrimony.