The Louvre Museum of Paris, the most visited in the world, achieved its historic visitor record last year: it achieved the figure of 10.2 million in 2018, an increase of no less than 25% compared to 2017, when they approached Center 8, 1 million people Last year the Parisian art gallery was reached by the National Museum of China, in Beijing, with 8 million. However, no gallery in the world had so far surpassed that round number of 10 million people. The Louvre itself had stayed close in 2012, with 9.7 million, although it was a year in which the area of Arts of Islam was inaugurated and two star exhibitions on Leonardo da Vinci and Rafael were highlighted. After that year the visits fell, with special force as of 2015 due to the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Foreigners represent three quarters of visitors to the Parisian art gallery. Although by nationality, logically the French were the first, with 2.5 million, 25%. The Americans follow him, 1.5 million; and the Chinese, with little more than a million. Those responsible for the Louvre have indicated that the influx of tourists from Spain, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Brazil has also been influenced.
Last year, one of the main attractions was the Delacroix exhibition, which saw close to 540,000 visitors between March 29 and July 23. In addition, 565,000 students visited the museum on school visits. Of all the visitors, half were less than 30 years old and almost one fifth less than 18 years old.
The president of Lovure, Jean-Luc Martínez, has congratulated himself on "success" in terms of figures, but pointed out that "it is not about welcoming more, but about welcoming better". Martinez, in a statement from the institution, emphasized a series of improvements that have been carried out in recent years, such as the change in signaling, the translation of texts, the renovation of infrastructure under the pyramid that makes the times of entrance to the museum or the tickets with schedules that have reduced the queues abroad.
Finally, it is reported that almost one million people went through the exhibitions in which the Louvre has participated abroad, such as the Music and ancient sounds, in Madrid and Barcelona, The art of portrait, in Tokyo, or The Louvre Museum in Tehran.