Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Exposure: Musée du Louvre by the numbers

Painting the interior of the Musée du Louvre

                9,300,000          visitors in 2014

                            70          percent of visitors who are foreign

                              1          rank in list of most-visited museums in the world

                1,678,790          Facebook likes (as of 20 April 2015)

                        1202          year the medieval Louvre fortress was completed under King Phillip II

                        1546          year King Francis I began removal of the fortress and renovations for palace

                        1793          year the Musée du Louvre opened to the public

Venus de Milo
Venus de Milo
                          537          paintings on display in 1793 (along with 194 other objects of art)

                     35,000+        works of art on display in 2015

                    380,000+       total number of works in collection

                        9,000         age, in years, of oldest object in museum

                        4.375         square feet of museum's most popular object, the Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa crowd at the Musée du Louvre
Just a few people want to see the Mona Lisa.
                    652,293         square feet of exhibition space

                 4,305,564         square feet of entire Louvre palace complex

                        2,410         windows in museum

                        3,000         locks in museum

                      10,000         stairs in museum

Room in the Musée du Louvre
One of the many halls/rooms in the Louvre.
             452,000,000         dollars (approximate) for museum's yearly budget

                             50         percent (approximate) of budget paid by French government

                               0         cost to visit museum for children under age 18

                        2,000         employees (approximate)

                        3,200         LED lights to illuminate exterior of museum

Louvre Museum at night. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

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