The Louvre museum only welcomed 2.8 million visitors last year, less than 30% of its pre-Covid record when it received around ten million. The Louvre had not seen such low numbers since 1986, before the opening of the glass pyramid and the Grand Louvre project which has steadily increased attendance for the past four decades.— The Arts Journal
This level of attendance is almost the same as the previous year, however French museums were closed one month less in 2021 than in 2020. According to an official source at the Ministry of Culture, general attendance at French museums has fallen 60-70% for the second year compared to pre-covid levels. The current omicron push is drowning hopes of a return to museum attendance in 2022.
It comes as museums across Europe, particularly those in Denmark, the Netherlands and London, have closed due to new covid lockdown measures in response to omicron.