August 10th 1793: Louvre opens
On this day in 1793 the Musée du Louvre was officially opened in Paris, France. It originally housed 537 paintings which were mostly confiscated from the monarchy and church following the 1789 revolution. It was briefly renamed after French emperor Napoleon I, but after his defeat and fall from power it returned to its original name. It is now one of the largest museums in the world and the most visited art museum in the world. It now houses around 35,000 works, including famous paintings such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.