The Louvre received 70% fewer visitors in 2021 than before the pandemic

The Louvre Museum received 2.8 million visitors in 2021, the vast majority French, which represents a drop of 70% compared to the more than 9.6 million that it welcomed in 2019, before the epidemic crisis.

However, the figure remains stable with respect to the data for 2020, when it was closed for six months of the year and there were 2.7 million visitors.

The Louvre, the world’s largest museum, was closed for 116 days in 2021, specifically from January 1 to May 19 due to confinement measures and restrictions on public places imposed in France.

In 2019, 75% of the 9.6 million people who visited were foreigners, mainly from the United States, China, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, while this year 61% of the visitors They were French and mostly Parisian, in the absence of Asians and Americans.

In addition, 55% of the tickets were free, to French people under 26 years of age or residents of the European Economic Area, according to the museum’s conditions.

In 2018, the Louvre had reached a record of visitors with 10.2 million people.

The public museums of the city of Paris have also reported a drop in their numbers in 2021 after the May reopening, with 2.2 million visitors total.

In 2020 they had 1.2 million visitors Throughout seven months of opening and in 2019, before the pandemic, there were 3 million, although half of these institutions were closed for works, says the managing entity.