Last updated
Type of site
Virtual museum
Founded1994;27 years ago (1994)
Country of originFrance
Founder(s) Nicolas Pioch
URL www.ibiblio.org/wm/
Current statusLive

The WebMuseum, formerly known as the WebLouvre, was founded by Nicolas Pioch [1] [2] in France in 1994, while he was a student. It is one of the earliest examples of a virtual museum. [3]


The site won the 1994 Best of the Web award [1] for the "Best Use of Multiple Media". [4]

Image of The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David, originally installed on the WebMuseum by Mark Harden and Carol Gerten-Jackson. Marat 2.jpg
Image of The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David, originally installed on the WebMuseum by Mark Harden and Carol Gerten-Jackson.

When the actual Louvre became aware of the original WebLouvre's existence, it was forced to change its name to the WebMuseum. However, many mirror sites were established throughout the world (including websites located in Brazil, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, UK and the United States), making it impossible to eradicate it entirely. It still provides a resource of high resolution art images and information, although it is no longer actively updated.

Although this virtual museum is French in origin, it is available in English.

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