Friday, January 04, 2008

Free museums – France – L’entrée des musées est gratuite

Among teenage murders and descriptions of snow storms in Europe and torrential rains in California came the news that the French government is temporarily dropping the entrance fees to its national museums .

C’est une nouvelle agréable qui me rappelle les nombreux jours que j’ai passés, pendant mon séjour à Paris, à visiter Le Louvre, l’Hôtel des Invalides, le Musée de l’homme, le Musée des arts et métiers et d’autres encore. Il y en a 21! Le prix d’entrée ne m’est pas resté en mémoire mais je me souviendrais toujours de la Vénus de Milo, de la Victoire de Samothrace et des différents pharaons.

The readers who are fond of museums will find this map handy

it gives the names and locations of all the museums and national monuments in Paris. (note the English version in the header).

The Globe article mentions that the free admission will only last till June the 30th so it may be a good idea to make your plans soon.

To whet you appetite, here is a link to the Louvre

Happy browsing!

1 comment:

Mark said...

With the Louvre attracting 8.3 million visitors in 2007, I think it’s about time that France opens its museums free to everyone much like their anglo-neighbors have done. It should be interesting to see what happens with ticket prices at the New Acropolis Museum in Greece opening in the spring 2009. Their website says ticket price has yet to be decided. I argue on my blog entry that if their charging admission would undermine their efforts to repatriate the Elgin Marbles because they are currently exhibited in the British Museum free for all to enjoy.