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Van Gogh and Doré give the Orsay an Easter boost

Paris museum reports more than 88,000 visitors in one week

Gustave Doré, "Help! The Marquis Of Carabas Is Drowning!", frontispice for Puss in Boots, 1862. Photo: © Bibliothèque Nationale de France

More than 88,000 people passed through the doors of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris last week (22-27 April), giving the museum its highest visitor figures for a single week since 2004.

“There is always high attendance during Easter week, a vacation period, but it’s clear that the ‘Van Gogh/Artaud: the Man Suicided by Society’ exhibition (until 6 July), along with the Gustave Doré show (until 11 May), have boosted figures,” a museum spokeswoman says. “In addition, since the refurbishment of the museum [in 2011], the flow of visitors has been managed more effectively with more space to move around in the permanent collection displays.”

On 24 April, on a “jour de nocturne” when the museum stays open until 9pm, 19,830 people turned up.

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