In the middle of May 2021, museums in France began to re-open following the third coronavirus lockdown. Soon, articles started appearing in the French press suggesting that this would be a good time for residents of Paris and the surrounding Île-de-France to visit popular museums such as the Louvre, since these were less crowded than usual because of the lack of tourists.
Well, this may have been true for the first days or weeks after the re-opening, but by the time I got there in late July the Louvre was as crowded as ever — at least in the most popular rooms of the Denon Wing.
Of course, it was still possible to avoid the crowds if you were willing to seek out other rooms that were not quite as full.
Because of the pandemic, all visitors to the Louvre, including those eligible for free admission, are now asked to book a time slot, for instance at https://www.louvre.fr/en/visit.
According to the museum’s website, tickets bought online “cannot be used to skip the queue but do guarantee access to the Pyramid within half an hour of the time shown on the ticket.” For me it took more like forty-five minutes, because they had apparently sold more tickets for my time slot than they could actually process in half an hour.
To get into the museum, I first had to show my vaccination certificate on my mobile phone, then go through the security check and open my backpack at the entrance to the Pyramid, and finally scan my ticket at the entrance to the Denon Wing.
Location and aerial view of the Louvre on monumentum.fr.
My photos and text in this post are from 2021.
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