The Louvre, one of the world’s grandest art museums, has announced this week that visitors will have to book online to ensure entry to the museum, in a bid to crack down on over-tourism.
Thousands of tourists were left disappointed on Monday after the historic museum in Paris, France was closed all day after staff said the crowds were too big to handle.
“The Louvre is suffocating,” the workers’ union said in a statement. “The public has increased by more than 20 per cent since 2009, [but] the palace has not grown. Today the situation is untenable.”
However, the museum reopened on Wednesday at 11am — two hours after its regular 9am opening time — following a crisis meeting between staff, security and management.
Due to a general meeting attended by members of the Musée du Louvre’s Reception and Security staff, the museum will open later than usual on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/p1LaBse9Ec
— Musée du Louvre (@MuseeLouvre) May 28, 2019
The Louvre later took to Twitter to warn visitors making the trip to book online to ensure entry to the museum.
“In view of the high expected influx, the online booking of your time slot, can only guarantee you the entrance to the Museum, is highly recommended,” the Louvre’s official Twitter account said in a statement.
Last year, 10.2 million people visited the Louvre, seeing the iconic attraction claim the top spot in an index of the world’s most-visited museums.
And the Louvre is not the only historic landmark to be suffering from overcrowding. Peru’s famous Inca ruins Machu Picchu is also struggling to cope with the masses of people flocking to it each year.