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The Louvre is divided into eight curatorial departments. All works in the collections are assigned to one of them. Most exhibition rooms are also devoted to works from only one department, but this rule is less strictly enforced, and some rooms do not depend on any department.

The way the rooms are numbered may be rather hard to understand. It is based on a mix of physical location and thematic similarity. In most cases, all rooms depending on a particular department are located close from one another, and are share the same numbering system. However, works from the department of Sculptures and from the department of Paintings, are located in several different places within the museum, and each of them has its own numbering system. Althugh they depend on a different department, rooms containing prints and drawings are often located next to similar rooms containing paintings, and share the same numbering system.

  • Department of Egyptian Antiquities

  • Department of Near Eastern Antiquities

  • Department of Decorative Arts

  • History of the Louvre archaeological remnants, and documentation about the history of the Louvre

  • Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
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  • Paintings, Northern Europe essentially all non-Mediterranean Europe, except England. Located in the Northern (Richelieu) Wing.

  • Paintings and drawings, France. Taking up a large space in the Eastern part of the Louvre, spanning the three wings.

  • Paintings and drawings, others, mainly Italy. Situated in the Southern (Denon) Wing.

  • Department of Islamic Art mostly located in a new structure in the Cour Visconti, in the Southern (Denon) wing.

  • Department of Sculptures