Paris: big museums reopen with regulated access

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 12 June 2020 at 18h19 · Updated on 13 June 2020 at 12h38
The Louvre, the Musée du Quai Branly, the Musée d’Orsay or even the Centre Pompidou, the biggest museums in Paris are gradually reopening. Yet, their reopening amid the coronavirus epidemic might be translated by regulated access for visitors.

Since mid-May, France is gradually reuniting with the cultural places. Castles are exiting containment, so are monuments and museums. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, these reopening come with health measure including new tours and even regulated accesses.

In Paris, the biggest museums already announced their return and are part of these places where the number of visitors is limited. At the Musée du Quai Branly, that reopened this June 9, 2020, booking is highly recommended for this reason. The Musée d’Orsay, reopening on June 23, 2020, makes booking mandatory: tickets are now timed to regulate access. At the Grand Palais, the strategy is similar: for the compelling Pompéi exhibition opening on July 1st, the ticketing service open and booking is mandatory, with a gauge limited to a third of its usual capacity.

Moving on to the Centre Pompidou, same call, booking is mandatory to make sure you can visit the exhibitions from July 1st. By the way, before it closed over the coronavirus epidemic, the museum devoted to contemporary and modern art regulated the number of visitors in real time. As for the Louvre, said to be back on July 6th, 2020, this is not a surprise to know booking is highly recommended or you may not be guaranteed to get in.

But big museums are not the only one limiting their capacities. This is also the case at the Atelier des Lumières as they have dramatically decreased the gauge. We shall expect these limits to lead to reduced incomes in comparison with the usual seasons. As for visitors, some can be happy to discover these places with fewer people.

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