Museums Attendance France

Dip in attendance for the Louvre

But the Paris museum still leads its peers by around three million visitors

Attendance at the Musée du Louvre dipped last year but with 9.2 million visitors, the Paris institution still attracts around three million more visitors than its peers, the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The modest fall announced this week was partly due to the Louvre’s “exceptional” attendance of 9.7 million in 2012, which included the opening of a wing devoted to Islamic art and shows dedicated to Da Vinci and Raphael.

Meanwhile, the museum’s northern satellite, Louvre Lens, attracted an impressive 900,000 visitors in its first year.

Among the overseas visitors to the Louvre in Paris, almost 70% of total attendance, an increasing number are from China. Last August, the museum called in the police when it discovered that a few unsuspecting visitors from China had bought counterfeit tickets.

The museum described as “unprecedented” the 1.3 million visitors it estimates live in Paris. It also reported that the number of school groups rose to around 700,000 students.

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