The most visited museum in the world has been closed for more than 3 months, but today it opens its doors to the national public.
During this time it has lost about 40 million euros, and even opening today it is not expected to improve much, since more than 70% of its public comes from outside Europe. As of today, citizens of France and other European countries will be able to enter, but large masses of tourists are not expected.
It is clear that they will not get the ten million income of 2018, nor the 9.6 million of 2019, but they have not yet disclosed the enormous number of visits that their virtual visits have had (although it has not generated much income, they have gained unprecedented visibility, which can end in a huge amount of revenue in 2021).
At the moment there are already some rules for physical visits: 70% of the collections available, few people crowded in front of the great works, such as La Gioconda, La Libertad guiding the people or La Venus de Milo, and the always mandatory masks.
More than 30,000 works in 45,000 m2, and many of them available in these virtual tours:
On the museum’s official website we can see the museum’s exhibition halls and galleys and contemplate the façades of the Louvre. It is a virtual tour sponsored by Shiseido, to navigate as if it were Google Street View.
In this link we have a fantastic 360 degree visit, where we can enjoy details of the square and some of the most famous collections of the museum. You can see other views also on touristtube.com
At Google Arts we have details on a large number of Louvre artworks, including user-captured images and stories for more in-depth detail.
You can see its content in this link. The good thing is that there is a lot of content, the bad thing is that many users label works as louvre when in fact they are in other museums.
And, of course, on YouTube you have virtual visits to give and sell. Here’s one that can be enjoyed even with crowds, in the pre-coronavirus era.