The Louvre Museum Breaks Record of Visitors for 2018 January 8, 2019
The Musée du Louvre had a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018—an increase of 25% in comparison with 2017. No other museum in the world has ever equaled this figure. The Louvre’s previous record of 9.7 million dates from 2012, the year that saw the inauguration of the Department of Islamic Art and the presentation of exhibitions on Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.
The exhibition “Delacroix (1798–1863)” from March 29 to July 23, 2018, broke previous records with an average daily attendance of 5,150 and a total of almost 540,000 visitors, making this historical retrospective the most successful exhibition ever held at the Louvre. Exceptionally, eleven free night openings in July allowed almost 25,000 more people to visit the exhibition.
Some 90,000 visitors have already attended the major exhibition “A Dream of Italy: The Marquis Campana’s Collection” (from November 7, 2018 to February 18, 2019). The exhibitions held in 2018 in the Petite Galerie—“Power Plays” (to July 5, 2018) and “Archaeology Goes Graphic” (from September 26, 2018)—were attended by 390,000 visitors. The Louvre Auditorium is continuing its efforts to democratize art history; 2,300 people attended the series of five lectures on the Egyptians and their mythology by the Egyptologist Dimitri Meeks.
Images courtesy of The Louvre Museum