The Louvre initially closed on Sunday March 1 as staff was having internal meetings about their safety and the safety of staff as the outbreak of the coronavirus seems to worsen in Europe, including France. The museum re-opened its doors again on March 4. On March 13, the Louvre closed until further notice. We are closely following the situation in Paris and post all updates on this website.
Please note that the situation is changing quickly. We try to keep this website as up-to-date as we can but cannot guarantee any information is correct.
Louvre, Paris, France
- Current status: CLOSED
- Remark: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Louvre is taking measures to limit the number of people in the museum. Only visitors with pre-booked e-tickets will be guaranteed entry.
- Official website: Louvre.fr/en
- Closed on March 14, 2020.
- Last update: May 16, 2020
On Sunday March 1, the famous French museum Louvre closed its doors. On its website the Louvre reports that the museum has been delayed on Sunday. Later this message was replaced with a statement that the museum cannot open on Sunday at all. On Monday morning this message was still there. In addition, the museum states that ‘The Museum cannot open at the moment’. Reuters reports that the museum closed due to a staff meeting. A spokesperson of the Louvre, cited by the newswire, adds that the was expected to open after the meeting between management, personnel and the staff doctor.
On March 9, the Louvre started limiting the number of people in the museum. Only visitors with pre-booked e-tickets or those entitled to free admission will be guaranteed entry.
On March 13, the Louvre closed. On its website, the museum writes: In accordance with directives issued by the French government, the Musée du Louvre and the Musée National Eugène-Delaroix will close at 6 p.m. this Friday, March 13, 2020, and will remain closed until further notice.
Mercredi 4 mars : le musée du #Louvre est ouvert.
— Musée du Louvre (@MuseeLouvre) March 4, 2020
How to get a refund from the Louvre
On Twitter the museum writes: We invite you to write to Assistancefirstname.lastname@example.org for a refund for any entrance tickets for yesterday and today morning. We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you informed as the situation develops.
Regular opening hours Louvre
Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.–9:45 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–9:45 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Update March 14 09:32 (CET): Museum closed until further notice.
Update March 11 08:49 (CET): To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Louvre is taking measures to limit the number of people in the museum. Only visitors with pre-booked e-tickets will be guaranteed entry.
Update March 10 16:45 (CET): The museum is open but is asking those that have recently been to high risk areas to postpone their visit.
Update March 9 08:20 (CET): The Louvre now states on its website: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Louvre is taking measures to limit the number of people in the museum.
Update March 4 12:04 (CET): The Louvre has reopened (source)
Update March 4 08:52 (CET): Museum still says doors will open ‘as soon as possible’. For now that means the museum is closed.
Update March 3 20:31 (CET): Website states that on March 4, the museum will open ‘ as soon as possible’.
Update March 2 12:47 (CET): New update: similar to March 1, the Louvre has ‘delayed opening’ and it is unclear if the museum will open today.
Update March 2 07:47 (CET): No updates published. Website still gives a pop up message that the Louvre is closed on Sunday March 1.
Update March 1 16:46 (CET): Louvre remains closed the rest of Sunday.