Entering the Louvre will be more expensive in 2024, the Olympic year in Paris: the museum announced on Friday an increase in the price of the ticket, which had not changed in seven years. From 15 January, the entrance fee will increase to 22 euros, after remaining at 17 euros since 2017. This 29% increase is to be compared to inflation of 30% over the same period, according to the INSEE consumer price index.
For the many tourists who will come to Paris during the Olympics, from July 26 to August 11, this is not the only price increase announced. The price of a metro ticket will almost double during the event, to €4 per unit (compared to €2.10 today) and €32 for ten (compared to €16.90). The average price of a hotel night in Île-de-France has risen from 169 euros in July 2023 to 699 euros during the Olympics, according to a statement in September from the Tourist Office.
Almost one in two visitors can enter for free
The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, with 86,000 m² of spaces open to the public, and 7.2 million visitors in 2022 (after a record 10.2 million in 2018).
Its ticket sales brought in €76.5 million last year, according to the annual report. This covered only a quarter of its operating costs, the rest being financed by appropriations from the Ministry of Culture and other resources, including patronage.
In a statement, the museum pointed out that "more than one in two French visitors enter for free". This applies to people under 25 years of age, the unemployed, recipients of minimum social benefits, the disabled and accompanying persons, teachers, cultural professionals and journalists. Of the estimated 8.7 million visitors in 2023, 3.6 million (or 41%) are expected not to have paid admission.
In the coming years, the museum hopes to finance a project to open a second entrance, in addition to the one under the Pyramid inaugurated in 1988, which is now saturated. It would be done through the east façade, at the level of the Louvre-Rivoli metro station. The timeline and cost are not known.
It is also in need of renovations. This was shown in an exhibition dedicated to the cartoonist Claude Gillot, which was closed due to water infiltration. Opened on 9 November, it stopped for good on 11 November to shelter the works.
The Louvre is also continuing to acquire works. He launched an appeal for patrons in early November to become the owner of a still life by Chardin, "The Basket of Wild Strawberries" (1761), which costs €24.3 million.