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Become a Patron of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Napoleon built it, now let’s save it!

The Musée du Louvre’s annual Tous Mécènes (All Patrons) campaign focuses this year on raising funds to conserve the museum’s iconic Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Help the Louvre reach its €1 million goal by January 31, 2019!

Located in the heart of the National Estate of the Musée du Louvre and the Tuileries, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was built by Napoleon I on his victorious return from Austerlitz in homage to the Grande Armée. Its construction was entrusted to the greatest architects, sculptors and craftsmen of the Empire. In record time, they completed a sumptuous arch with sculpted decoration and rich, precious materials.

Over the course of two turbulent centuries, the monument has survived the fall of the Empire, the Tuileries palace fire, and two world wars. But now its future is at stake, unless it undergoes conservation work (consolidation of the structure, waterproofing of the masonry, conservation of the sculptures, etc.). Given the urgency and scale of the project, we ask for your support to save this exceptional monument, emblematic of the Louvre and Paris.

Help return this historic monument, which proudly frames the Louvre from the Tuileries garden, to the splendor with which it stood at its unveiling in 1808. If the financial goal of the campaign is achieved, the project will begin in autumn 2019 and finish in spring 2022.

All patrons of the campaign will be acknowledged on the American Friends of the Louvre website and on the Louvre’s project recognition sign.

To learn more about the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and its conservation, visit the Louvre’s Tous Mécènes website.