why is the louvre closed on tuesdays

Tuesday is national museum closing day in France. Many
are closed on Tuesdays, as are many local museums outside Paris. In Paris, most city-owned museums are closed on Mondays. Some museums are open later on one night a week, usually Thursdays. Most museums close on some but not all. There are many exceptions, so always check before you go. I think the reason why Tuesday was picked as a closing day is that normal people should be able to visit museums, so they are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Many shops are closed on Mondays, so museums are open that day for the sake of people who work in shops.


In Paris, most shops are open on Mondays, so there is less point in opening the museums for their sake. has a list of museums in Paris with addresses, opening dates and times, and prices. At a glance, it looks reasonably accurate. Roughly, the top visited museums according to. Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9 a. m. to 6 p. m. Wednesday, Friday: from 9 a. m. to 9:45 p. m. Closed on Tuesdays Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time. From October to March : access to the permanent collections is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month. - Pyramid and Galerie du Carrousel entrances : open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a. m. to 7:30 p. m. on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays; and from 9 a. m. to 10 p. m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. - Passage Richelieu entrance : open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a. m. to 5:30 p. m. (6:30 p. m. on Wednesdays and Fridays) - Porte des Lions entrance : this entrance may be closed for technical reasons.


Please contact us the day before your visit at +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17. *Rooms begin closing 30 minutes before museum closing time.

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