The Louvre in Paris is set to raise general admission from €17 to €22 as of January 15, 2024.
As per the latest development, the Louvre in Paris, which is considered one of the world’s most visited museums, is all set to hike its entrance fee from next year. If reports are to go by, starting from January 15, 2024, the museum will be implementing a 29 percent increase in general admission fees, raising them from €17 ($18.30) to €22 ($23.70).
This new development will further add to the concerns that visitors coming to Paris for next year’s Olympic Games will face increased costs.
If reports are to go by, it’s the first hike since 2017. The Louvre further added that the higher tariff would help it deal with higher energy costs and fund free entry to select categories, such as journalists, teachers, and those aged under 18 years.
As regarding the Olympic Games, the city will be hosting the Summer Olympics and the Summer Paralympic in July and August 2024. Although it didn’t mention Olympics, the surge in ticket prices of Louvre, will coincide with the other rising costs in the city, as it prepares to welcome approximately 10 million visitors during the Olympic events.
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Meanwhile, a spike in hotel rates and a proposed Metro fare increase from €2.10 to €4 (about $4.30) are also in the making. This fare adjustment contradicts the initial plan of providing free public transportation for games ticket holders, as was witnessed during the 2012 London Olympics.
The decision to raise admission fees aligns with Louvre director Laurence des Cars’ strategy to reshape the museum’s appeal to locals.
Previous initiatives included limiting daily visitors to 30,000 (down from 45,000 in 2019) and plans for a new entrance to alleviate congestion at the iconic I. M. Pei–designed glass-and-steel entrance.
While the increased cost will primarily impact tourists, approximately 30 percent of Louvre guests—mainly French visitors—will continue to enjoy free admission. This includes individuals under eighteen, EU residents aged eighteen to twenty-five, those with disabilities or seeking employment, and specific professional groups, such as teachers working in France.
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