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Louvre Museum working on reopening amid COVID-19

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The Louvre Museum, Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, and Louvre-Lens Museum are set to reopen amid the coronavirus crisis in France from June 3. The Louvre Museum reopens on July 6.

The Carrousel and Tuileries gardens have already reopened, on May 30 and May 31 respectively. Both are open from 7am to 11pm.

At the gardens, the Louvre is implementing physical distancing measures, as well as a ban on group games and gatherings of more than 10 people.

As for the Louvre Museum, staff are working to reopen on July 6, with the ticket office reopening on June 15. Visitors are strongly encouraged to book a tour slot in advance.

Carrousel and Tuileries gardens are now open

The Musée National Eugène-Delacroix will reopen on June 22. The Cour Carrée, one of the main courtyards of the Louvre, remains closed.

Visitors will be required to book tickets for the museums in advance, and signs will be installed to manage the flow of people. All staff and guests will be required to wear face masks at the museums.

The museums have also announced their programming for autumn. The Renaissance season continues from October at the Louvre with ‘Body and Soul: Sculpture in Italy from Donatello to Michelangelo’ and ‘Albrecht Altdorfer, a German Renaissance Master’.

At the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, the ‘Romantic Dual’ exhibition will launch in November. At the Louvre-Lens Museum, the park and Galerie du Temps will reopen from June 3. The ‘Black Suns’ exhibit opens on June 10.

Museum programming unveiled for autumn

“Visiting conditions will be adapted to adhere strictly to the recommendations made by health authorities, as we want everyone to feel safe at the Louvre, whether they are coming for work or pleasure,” said Jean-Luc Martinez, president-director of the Musée du Louvre.

“This period has not been easy, but commitment and collaboration will see us overcome the difficulties we are facing. Although we have been providing resources on Louvre masterpieces online, nothing can replace the emotion felt when standing face to face with such treasures – the raison d’être of all museums.

“I hope that those living in France and soon, in Europe find their way back to the Louvre; now is the time to visit the museum, as we are all in need of a moving experience and real connection. Nothing heals the soul better than art and beauty.”

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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