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Brace Yourselves: The Louvre Museum is Increasing Its Entry Fee

The Louvre museum is increasing its entry fee!!

Renowned as the world’s largest and most visited art museum, the Louvre has long been celebrated not just for its vast collection but also for its affordability.

At just 17 euros, a price it held steady since 2017, it’s safe to say that it was a fair price, but come 15 January 2024, it will be changing to 22 euros — an increase that accounts for almost 30%.

Louvre museum at night

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The decision, as explained by Laurence des Cars, director and president of the museum (also the first woman to hold this position) stems from the museum’s growing operational costs, particularly a significant 88% surge in energy expenses.

The Louvre also aims to balance its budget while continuing to offer free admission to certain groups of people and investing in the preservation of its priceless collections.

Whether that will work or not is an entirely different thing, but for now, you’ll need to part with 22 Euros if you want to see the famous Mona Lisa or any of the other Louvre artworks.

Paris is Famous for Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa Painting

Industry experts speculate that while the price hike might initially deter some visitors, the Louvre’s impressive collection and historical significance will continue to attract art enthusiasts globally.

This price change, however, did not affect groups of people whose entry fee was free! children under 18, EU residents under 26 years, and disabled persons will still be able to visit the museum for free.

This price increase is not the only change des Cars has implemented since taking over office in 2021, she capped the daily Louvre visitors at 30,000 in June 2022 as a way of “rebalancing the Louvre” compared to the 45,000 visitors it used to receive on some days!

Visiting the louvre museum should be added to your Paris weekend itinerary
Venus de Milo in the Louvre Museum

These changes are part of des Cars’ broader strategy to improve the visitor experience and preserve the integrity of the museum’s collections.

Practical Tips For Visiting the Louvre Musem

How to get there: Palais-Royal / Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)
Pyramides (line 14)

Entry ticket: Purchase it here!

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 6: 00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. 9:00 AM – 9:45 PM on Friday. Closed on Tuesday. Also closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

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