this place “should not be reserved for a small elite”, welcomes its president

The Musée d’Orsay will have almost 3.9 million visitors in 2023. To reach this number, “we maintained our entry prices”, explained Christophe Leribault on Thursday.

“It’s adorable”, guest franceinfo Thursday January 4, the president of the Musée d’Orsay, Christophe Leribault, reacts to the record attendance that the institution experienced in 2023. Almost 3.9 million people visited there, no one saw. With its counterpart, the Orangerie museum, it even has a total of 5.1 million visitors.

“It’s a great place for education and leisure, which obviously shouldn’t be reserved for a small elite. With over five million visitors, I think we’ve won the challenge.”he congratulates himself.

To achieve this result “We have maintained our entry prices”, he emphasizes. The Louvre, for example, chose the opposite choice. From January 15, those who do not take advantage of the free entrance will have to pay 22 euros to visit it, while previously it was 17. Another key to success: exhibitions that are hits like “Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise”with subtitles “The Last Months”. “It will be the most visited exhibition in the history of the museum”explains. “It’s normal that everyone wants to see her” because “We will not see such a clash again”.

Christophe Leribault recalls the occupation of Orsay and the Orangerie: “Our goal is to share our collections. Both museums really have great impressionist masterpieces.”. On the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris, the paintings will travel. “We lend great masterpieces to more than 35 museums” emphasizes. For example, “Le Balcon” by Manet will go to Bordeaux” AND “heel”still by Manet, will be exhibited “Montpellier”.

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