Louvre among French museums to open 7 days a week
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Some of France’s best-known museums, including the world famous Louvre in Paris, will soon be opening their doors to visitors seven days a week, French President François Hollande announced Monday.
The Louvre, along with its Paris neighbour the Musée d'Orsay and the Château de Versailles, located just outside the French capital, will open week-round from this autumn, Hollande said.
Each currently closes one day a week – the Louvre on Tuesdays and the Musée d'Orsay and the Château de Versailles on Mondays.
However, tourists and residents hoping this will give them greater opportunity to visit the often packed museums will be disappointed; the extra opening days will be reserved just for groups of school children.
"Starting this autumn, the days that the museums were previously closed to the public, whether Monday or Tuesday, will become the day for schools, to offer the youth of France the chance to learn, to marvel and be moved" said the French president at the inauguration of a new ancient Egypt exhibit at another Paris museum, the Arab World Institute.
The Louvre is the world’s most-visited museum, with 9.3 million people passing through its doors in 2014. The Château de Versailles sees annual attendances above 7 million while the Musée d'Orsay recorded nearly 3.5 million visitors last year.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
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