Entrance fees to the Louvre museum are rising to 22 euros from Monday, the museum confirmed after its announcement in December.
As of this Monday, January 15, entry to the Louvre museum is increasing to 22 euros, after remaining at 17 euros since 2017. The institution announced this in a press release published in early December.
The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, with 7.2 million visitors in 2022 after a record 10.2 million in 2018. Its ticket sales last year generated 76.5 million euros, according to its annual report. This covered only a quarter of the operating costs, the rest was financed by loans from the Ministry of Culture and other sources, including patrons.
Improve public reception
The world’s largest museum has seen a 14% increase in visitors in 2023 compared to 2022, close to the pre-Covid-19 pandemic, with nearly 9 million visitors. The Louvre wants to expand its cultural programs – integrating dance, theater or cinema – and continue to improve public reception.
Among the big projects of its president and director Laurence des Cars, in the longer term, is also the opening of a second entrance to the museum for the purpose “unblock” the main entrance is located under a large glass pyramid, originally intended for accommodation “four to five million visitors a year”according to the Louvre.
An 88% increase in energy costs between 2021 and 2022 and a plan to extend opening hours (with a potential second night every Wednesday from April) justify a more expensive entry price, the venue defended in a December press release.
Other important cultural institutions have also recently reassessed their prices. A visit to Versailles increased from 19.50 to 21 euros at the beginning of January, and at the Center des monuments nationalaux by one euro.
At MoMa and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, you have to spend $30 instead of $25 from the end of 2023.
“The collections are priceless, it’s a rather rare opportunity for us (…) and I understand that running such an institution is expensive“, responds the accountant, who has already been to Paris five times and is impatient to see the statue Venus by Milo.
Same story for this French man from Australia who came with his wife and son. “Increase by five euros, it won’t disrupt our plans”, notes this manager at the 33-year-old convention center. Especially since cultural activities are more expensive in Australia than in France, he says before qualifying: “If the Louvre also paid for children, it would be more complicated”.
They have been camping in front of the pyramid since 9 o’clock, another visitor is also not offended by this increase, “not really important” nor discourages going to see Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
“It’s the first museum I wanted to see in Paris”, rejoices this 61-year-old American, who is dedicated to philanthropy. On the other hand, the 70-year-old Italian grits his teeth and says he is surprised by the price of the ticket he booked last week.
“It’s too much of an increase for me. It seems too expensive for cultural assets”sulks an employee of the theater world, who already doubts whether he will ever return to the Louvre despite his regular trips to the French capital.
In a December press release, the museum highlighted that in 2023, 40% of all visitors and 60% of French visitors entered the Louvre for free. This applies to persons under 25 years of age, the unemployed, beneficiaries of minimum social benefits, the disabled and their accompanying persons, teachers, cultural workers and journalists.