Starting next year, the Musée du Louvre will begin offering a free nighttime entry on the first Saturday of each month to eligible people. The Saturday night entry is free of cost all the yearlong for European Economic Area’s residents who are aged between 18 to 25 years, as well as children aged below 18 years when accompanied by an adult. This move aims to lure younger visitors to one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris city.
As per the museum statement, starting from the first Saturday of January 2019, the free entry on the first Saturday of each month will be from 06:00 pm to 09:45 pm. The statement also says it eyes “democratization” of the museum – recently, there has been a fall in the number of native visitors.
Previously, it had a few free Sundays per year, a scheme introduced during the 1990’s mid to attract more people to the Musée du Louvre guided tours. However, studies showed the number of first time French visitors to the museum was very low on free Sundays even as foreign visitations rose. As per the officials, people who benefitted the most from it were Louvre Museum private tours operators, who would bring foreign visitors on those free days.
Anyways, the free Saturday openings reportedly would comprise activities, like a board game area as well as reading corner, in order to draw in families. Officials at the Parisian museum claim that these nighttime offerings have been designed as a festive event, which aims to encourage new visitors to explore artworks and enjoy the special nocturnal atmosphere.
“The Louvre proposes to visit freely the Denon and Sully wings where one can admire the Italian and French paintings, the Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities or the arts of Islam. There is The Mona Lisa, The Victory Of Samothrace, The Venus Of Milo Or The Scribe Squatting,” reads the museum’s statement.
Its Richelieu Wing, which features French statues, Flemish paintings, and other historic works of art, is free to visit too, but would be only accessible via reservations, opening on December 10, 2018.
“The free Saturday night is a new, more convivial way to discover the Louvre. I hope that this museum is a popular place that brings together all audiences around the wonder that can arise from the meeting of the Beautiful,” said Jean-Luc Martinez, the President of the Musée du Louvre.