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Step inside the most popular museum on the planet

By Inez Torre, CNN, Tara Kelly and Jenny Soffel, for CNN
updated 7:53 AM EST, Mon December 2, 2013

This infographic is part of CNN's "Inside the Louvre," series where we gained unprecedented access to the world's most visited museum. From the handler who looks after the Mona Lisa's famous smile, to the new director, we meet the people at the heart of this renowned institution. Watch the 30-minute special show from Dec 2-4.

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