Paris: Louvre museum reopens after 16-week shutdown

Paris: Louvre museum reopens after 16-week shutdown The vast former palace of France's kings has lost $45 million in ticket sales during the near-four-month lockdown
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July 6, 2020 13:10
Paris: Louvre museum reopens after 16-week shutdown

The Louvre, the world's most visited museum, reopens after its coronavirus closure Monday, but with nearly a third of its galleries still shut. Report informs citing The Jakarta Post.
The vast former palace of France's kings has lost $45 million in ticket sales during the near-four-month lockdown, and director Jean-Luc Martinez admitted it could have a few more lean years ahead as the world adapts to the virus.
Although most of the museum's most popular draws, like the "Mona Lisa" and its vast antiquities collection, will be accessible, other galleries where social distancing is more difficult will remain closed.
Nor will there be any crowding in front of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece for a selfie, with visitors warned that they would have to stick to standing on well-distanced spots marked on the floor.
To avoid bottlenecks, arrows will guide visitors through the labyrinth of galleries, with doubling back banned, the museum said.
Some 70 percent of the Louvre's 9.6 million visitors last year were from overseas, and with tourism at a standstill, Martinez told AFP that numbers could drop sharply.
"We are losing 80 percent of our public," he said.
"We are going to be at best 20 to 30 percent down on last summer -- between 4,000 and 10,000 visitors a day," he estimated.
The museum hopes to attract more French visitors to fill the gap as it embarks on a campaign to shake off its elitist image before the Paris Olympics in four years' time.
 

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