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Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am- 8pm

Tuesday closed

Friday 11am-9pm (open until 11pm for Late Hours events)

Saturday and Sunday 10am- 8pm

The last entry is 30 minutes before closing.

The Foundation is closed on the 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.

How to get there

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am- 8pm

Tuesday closed

Friday 11am-9pm (open until 11pm for Late Hours events)

Saturday and Sunday 10am- 8pm

The last entry is 30 minutes before closing.

The Foundation is closed on the 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December.

FAQ

How much does it cost to enter ?
Tickets cost 16 Euros for adults, 10 Euros for students, their teachers and those aged vunder 26, entry costs just 5 Euros for under 18’s and children aged from 0- 3 have free entry. There is a family ticket (2 adults and up to four children under 18) costing 32 Euros. ID’s are required for all reduced price tickets.
When did the art museum open?
It first opened in October 2014. It was designed by the highly acclaimed architect Frank Gehry.
Where is the Foundation Louis Vuitton located?
It is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris and you will find it adjacent to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne. During 2017 more than 1.4 million people visited this attraction.
How big is the structure?
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a two-storey structure that houses 11 galleries of varying sizes. The total combined area of the galleries is 41,441 square feet. There is also a 350 seat auditorium on the lower ground floor and multilevel roof terraces that are used for events and art installations. Gahry had to restrict his design to that of the square footage and two storey height of a bowling alley that had previously stood on this site. Anything higher than two stories had to be constructed of glass. The completed building is said to resemble the sails of a boat that have been inflated by the wind. The galleries on the upper floors are lit by skylights that are either partly hidden or recessed.
Who does the collection belong to?
The collection on display in the museum is believed to in fact be two combined collections. One collection owned by Bernard Arnault, the other the property of LVMH.
How were the glass sails constructed?
The glass sails are a construction of 3,584 laminated glass panels, each one is unique and specifically shaped to exactly fit the curves as drawn by the architect. The building reached a definitive milestone in 2012 when the sails were installed.

Must Know

Controversy over how much it cost to build.
The initial cost of the museum was projected to be €100 million. In 2017, it was revealed that the actual cost was in fact almost eight times that figure. In November 2018, a French anti-corruption group filed a complaint accusing the Louis Vuitton Foundation of committing fraud as well as tax evasion during the construction of this building. Claims were made that the nonprofit branch of LVMH’s conglomerate were able to deduct 60% of the cost from its taxes in addition to requesting tax refunds on other costs. These claims state that of the €790 million construction costs of the museum the Louis Vuitton foundation received over € 600 million from the French government at the expense of French taxpayers.
Early stages of the development
It began in 2001 with a meeting between the LVMH Chairman, Bernard Arnault and Frank Gehry. They discussed the plan to build a new building on the Bois de Boulogne with plans to open in 2009/10. The park was owned by the city of Paris and a building permit was granted in 2007. Opponents to the project won a court battle over the use of a tiny road, deemed to be a public right of way. Eventually a law was passed that the Foundation was in the national interest and a major work of art for the world.
Gehry’s Design
After meeting with Arnault, Frank Gehry visited the site where the building was to be constructed for some inspiration. He designed an imaginative structure inspired by the glass panels of the Grand Palais and the Palmarium in the Jardin d’Acclimatation built in 1893. The building was designed to reflect the principles of the 19th century gardens landscaping.
Funding and Management
LVMH funded the museum and it bears the name and logo of its flagship brand, that of Louis Vuitton. After 55 years of use the building will pass into the hands of the city of Paris to continue with the buildings management.

Places Nearby

Jardin d’Acclimatation
The Jardin d’Acclimatation was opened on the 6th of October 1860 by Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie. It is a 19 hectare (47 acre) children’s amusement park and is located to the north of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. It was originally known as the Jardin Zoologique d’Acclimatation when at that time it was a zoo. The park today has several attractions including an archery range, a miniature golf course, a house of mirrors, a narrow gauge railway, pony rides, puppet theatre, a science museum and an art museum (the Musee en Herbe).
Bois de Boulogne
This large public park is close to the suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt and Neuilly-sur-Seine. The land was ceded by Emperor Napoleon III to the city of Paris to become a public park in 1852. The park is the second largest in Paris only the Bois de Vincennes on the eastern side of Paris is slightly larger. It is 845 hectares, 2088 acres in size. That makes it two and a half times bigger than Central Park in New York and a little smaller than Richmond Park in London. Within the park boundaries are an English style landscaped garden, several lakes, smaller botanical and landscaped gardens, the Chateau de Bagatelle and the Pre-Catelan. The Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil is a complex of greenhouses that hold a hundred thousand plants. There are two horse racing tracks, the Hippodrome de Longchamp and the Auteuil Hippodrome. The home of the French Tennis Open can also be found here.
Exploradome
The Exploradome opened in 1998. It is a science museum containing interactive exhibits and displays. It offers workshops and learning experiences for children.