Jean Nouvel

A decade in the making, Louvre Abu Dhabi opens to the public

Thousands of curious onlookers walked through the galleries of the Louvre Abu Dhabi as it opened to the public for the first time Saturday, ending a decade-long wait for a project plagued by questions over laborers' conditions.

Online tickets sold out and hundreds more stood in line Saturday morning for the chance to see the works of the likes of Pablo Picasso and Rodin.

The modernist museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, sits under a honeycombed dome of eight layers of Arab-style geometric shapes. It draws the lapping waters of the Persian Gulf into its outer corridors. At night, light inside pours out of its saltshaker-like dome.

"This museum...