Inside Look at the Floating Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi

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By Jordi Lippe-McGraw Posted June 30, 2016

The impressive aquatic museum features 4,500 lights.

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While the folks at the Louvre Museum in Paris were desperately trying to keep water out of their museum a few weeks ago, the Abu Dhabi version of the art gallery is welcoming the H2O. The UAE is all about floating villas and hotels, and now they’re adding a floating museum to their aquatic repertoire.

Known as “Museum City,” the 55 buildings designed by architect Jean Nouvel got to experience their full grandeur recently after the temporary walls surrounding the build site were removed. This purposeful teardown allowed the Arabian Gulf to flow in turning a normal museum into a floating one.

Photos and a time-lapse video were just released showing off the main attraction: The Louvre Abu Dhabi. The large steel dome is completely surrounded by water and turns into even more of spectacle at night when it is illuminated with 4,500 lights.

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Much like its sister museum in France, art from all over the world will be on display—a preview collection was already showcased in Paris back in 2014 as part of the “Birth of Museum” exhibit. The new photos show the project is close to completion, but there still is no open date slated. There are reports that the Guggenheim Museum is attempting to do a similar project set to open next year.

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