Officials consider extending opening hours of Paris's Louvre and Orsay museums

Louvre (AFP PHOTO/LOIC VENANCE)

Louvre (AFP PHOTO/LOIC VENANCE)

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Good news for Paris-destined tourists: the French government is considering extending the opening hours of the Louvre and Orsay museums and the Palace of Versailles to seven days a week -- a move that would shorten the mile-long lines that snake outside some of the most visited sites in France and the world.

According to French newspaper Le Figaro, sources in the French culture ministry have indicated that they're considering the move in a bid to accommodate rising visitor numbers and bring more revenue into government coffers as state subsidies fall.

Currently, the sites close Monday or Tuesday.

The new opening hours would follow in the heels of other world-class cities like New York, London and Madrid, where the most popular landmarks and tourist sites -- Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery and the Prado respectively -- are open seven days a week.

The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world: last year, 9.2 million tourists walked its halls.

Orsay attracts 3.5 million tourists, and Versailles 7 million.


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