India Le Louvre will reopen on July 6, with compulsory reservation

16:00  12 june  2020
16:00  12 june  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

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Le Louvre, the largest museum in the world in terms of attendance, will reopen on July 6. But it will only be possible to visit it with a time slot ticket purchased online. Reservations open this Tuesday June 15.

Le Louvre, plus grand musée du monde en termes de fréquentation, rouvrira le 6 juillet. Mais il ne sera possible de le visiter qu'avec un billet à créneau horaire acheté en ligne. Les réservations ouvrent ce mardi 15 juin. © Sipa

The Louvre, the largest museum in the world in terms of attendance, will reopen on July 6. But it will only be possible to visit it with a time slot ticket purchased online. Reservations open this Tuesday June 15.

You will need to book to be able to enter the Louvre from July 6. Impossible to decide on a whim to go admire the Mona Lisa, after having waited a long time in front of the pyramid, as it was the case before, before confinement. The museum with nine million annual visitors will be the last major Parisian museum to reopen, after Orsay (June 23) or the Pompidou center (July 1). In order to regulate the queues and the number of visitors whose tonnage will be greatly reduced in the museum, the establishment imposes the reservation with a time slot.

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Tickets will be on sale on the museum's website from Tuesday, June 15. The official online ticket sales sites (Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, Paris Cityvision, etc.) and the FNAC network will also sell time-stamped tickets for entry to the Louvre museum. "Within the limit of the places still available and in case of low attendance, it will be possible to buy a ticket on the spot the same day. But only the reservation in advance guarantees the entry", specifies one at the Louvre .

Parts of the museum will remain closed

Visitors will also not be able to enter without being masked, except children under the age of eleven. In the museum, several tours will be signposted, but not compulsory except in the event of a high attendance. In the hall of the States which presents the Mona Lisa of Leonardo da Vinci, the work which always attracts a crowd of curious, a sense of obligatory visit will be instituted permanently.

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The whole museum will not be reopened. Nearly 45,000 m2 will be open to visitors (i.e. more than 60% of the galleries), such as the collections of Egyptian antiquities, Greece and Rome, Italian and northern European sculptures, Italian, Spanish and English paintings, masterpieces of nineteenth-century French painting, crown jewels, sumptuous Napoleon III apartments, etc. But departments will remain closed, such as French sculpture from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the lower level of the Arts of Islam or the second floor retaining French and Northern European paintings.

Guided tours with tour guides can take place. These specialists have been unemployed since the museum closed. Groups will have a maximum of 25 people. The guides will speak into microphones to respect the physical distance, and to avoid shouting and spitting. Visitors will be masked, and will also wear a helmet.

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