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The Louvre forecasts 30% increase in attendance

Paris museum anticipates growth in visitor numbers to 12 million a year by 2025

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The Musée du Louvre expects that visitor numbers will rise a third over the next decade, a spokesman for the Paris museum confirms—whether or not the institution extends opening hours. We have learned that the Louvre forecasts it will attract 12 million visitors a year by 2025, a 30% increase on the 9.3 million recorded for 2013, which made it the best attended art museum in The Art Newspaper's annual attendance survey.

If the French government has its way, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Château de Versailles could soon be open seven days a week, bringing them in line with museums in London, New York and Madrid. France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, has called the change a “necessity”, the newspaper Le Monde reports, adding that extended evening opening hours were also a possibility.

Staying open seven days a week would allow the three venues to accommodate more visitors, increasing income at a time of government cuts, although some costs would rise. The Louvre currently closes on Tuesdays, while the Orsay and Versailles are closed on Mondays.

In 2013, the British Museum in London attracted 6.7 million visitors and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced last week that it attracted 6.2 million visitors, a figure that includes attendance at the Cloisters museum and gardens in northern Manhattan.

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