The Louvre-Lens museum, the first extension of the iconic Paris venue, is due to open in December. Xavier Dectot, director of the museum, said that the main centre of the building will be transparent, with two wings on either side. Notably, the museum's storeroom will be accessible, meaning that even works of art that are not on display at that moment in time will still be visible to the public.
The Time Gallery will have 205 pieces that cover 5000 years of human history, spanning everything from Etruscan artifacts to 19th century paintings.
Lens was chosen as the site for a variety of reasons. From a geographical point of view, the former mine yard offered a site of over 20 hectares, close to a train station, linking it to cities like Paris, Lille and other European locations.
The Louvre-Lens also aims to play a part in local regeneration, helping future economic development and modernising the region's image.
For more information, visit the Louvre-Lens website.
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