Will mandatory reservation soon be the norm in major French museums, anxious to avoid traffic jams? The question then arises that the Louvre, foreseeing a large influx of visitors for its long-awaited exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci, will only allow access to those who have previously validated a niche visit.
Museums swept away by the crowd
The choice of the day and schedule can be made on the site ticketlouvre.fr., From June 18, four months before the opening of the exhibition, October 24. Visitors enjoying free or free admission will also have to make a reservation. As for people who do not have a computer or Internet connection, they can go to the museum's ticket office on the day of their visit, with the risk however that there is no more space available …
10.2 million visitors in 2018
The most visited museum in the world, the Louvre, which attracted 10.2 million visitors in 2018, is regularly confronted with problems of congestion. In 2017, the success of the exhibition "Vermeer and the masters of genre painting" had already pushed him to set up time-stamped bookings.
These now account for 30% of entries. And could, eventually, become more common, even systematic. " The key for us is the suggested booking, even mandatory on busy periods or events ", Said Jean-Luc Martinez, president and director of the museum, a few weeks ago to The cross.
Two new attributions to Leonardo da Vinci
Accompanying the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Paris exhibition has given rise to friction between France and Italy, the latter having returned last November, the agreement of loans of paintings signed between two countries. "The loan of these paintings to the Louvre would place Italy on the sidelines of a major cultural eventresponded Lucia Borgonzoni, Italian Secretary of State for Culture and member of the League (far right). We must discuss everything again. When museum autonomy is at stake, the national interest can not come second. The French can not have everything. "
Emmanuel Macron and Sergio Mattarella will meet on May 2
Tensions finally subsided at the end of February, after a meeting between the French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, and his Italian counterpart, Alberto Bonisoli. The latter then said "Happy that France can celebrate the genius of Leonardo", "A heritage not only Italian but European and universal". The official list of works traveling from Italy has not yet been announced.
The subject should not weigh on the meeting, Thursday, May 2, between Emmanuel Macron and Italian President Sergio Mattarella. They will visit the national estate of Chambord and the castle of Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life.