Louvre Announces Single Fare to Encompass its Permanent Collections and Temporary Exhibits
We’ve got some fantastic news for museum fans and art lovers alike today because the Musée du Louvre in Paris – the world’s most visited art museum – has just announced that it will be introducing a flat 15-euro fee, which will give visitors full access to both its permanent collections and temporary exhibits and create “better synergy” between all its components.
The Louvre drew a staggering 9.26 million visitors in 2014 alone and the museum believes that figure could reach an astonishing 12 million by 2025. More surprising is the fact that 70 percent of its visitors are foreign tourists who come especially to see some of the world’s most famous masterpieces such as the Vénus de Milo and, of course, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
In contrast, domestic visitors tend to skip the permanent collections and instead favour the temporary exhibits. In an official press release last week, the Museum said: “"For the past 18 months, the Louvre has been working on trying to create better balance and stronger links between the permanent collections and the temporary exhibits.”
At present, visitors to the Louvre pay 12 euros for the permanent collections, 13 euros for entrance to a temporary exhibit and 16 euros for a combined ticket. The new 15-euro flat fee will take effect on July 1 and brings the Louvre more in line with other famous art museums across the world.
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