Paris, 6 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The tourism bureau in Paris conducted an investigation into Parisian cultural sites’ attendance rates in co-ordination with the Congrès de Paris. The press release states that the sixty-three analysed sites received 71.6 million visitors in 2010, an increase of 0.6% on 2009.
Eighty-five exhibitions and temporary events drew more than 10.2 million people. The Monet retrospective at the Grand Palais alone was visited by more than 930,397 spectators, breaking the previous record, which was set thirty years ago.
Some establishments showed remarkable improvement: The attendance rate of the Musée de la Vie Romantique (Museum of Romantic Life) increased by 73%, that of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (Museum of Jewish Art and History) by 46.9% and of the Musée Delacroix (Delacroix Museum) by 44.1%.
The Notre Dame was the most-visited cultural site in Paris in 2010 with 13,650,000 visitors. The other nine sites are:
- Basilique du Sacré Coeur – 10,500,000 visitors;
- Musée du Louvre – 8,346,361 visitors;
- Eiffel Tower – 6,700,000 visitors;
- Centre Pompidou – 3,130,000 visitors;
- Musée d’Orsay – 2,985,510 visitors;
- Cité de Sciences et de l’Industrie – 2,867,000 visitors;
- Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – two million visitors;
- Museum d’Histoire Naturelle (Natural History Museum) – 1,951,456 visitors ;
- National Galleries of the Grand Palais – 1,542,017 visitors.
In the temporary exhibition sector, the Grand Palais is in pole position with Claude Monet (1841 – 1926) and “Turner et ses peintres” (Turner and his painters). The Centre Pompidou was in second position with “Mondrian/De Stijl”, drawing 401,021 visitors over four months. The other popular temporary exhibitions were:
- “Edvard Munch ou l’anti-Cri” (Edvard Munch or the Anti-scream) at the Pincothèque (385.000 visitors);
- “Lucian Freud : l’Atelier” (Lucian Freud: The Atelier) at the Centre Pompidou (359.089 visitors) ;
- “Basquiat » at the Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris (352,000 visitors) ;
- “Patrick Jouin, la substance du design” (Patrick Jouin, the substance of design) at the Centre Pompidou (315,550 visitors);
- Yves Saint-Laurent Retrospective at the Petit Palais (294,500 visitors) ;
- “Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), l’histoire en spectacle” (Jean-Léon Gérôme: the history of the world in performances) at the musée d’Orsay (278,679 visitors) ;
- “Erro, 50 ans de collage » (Fifty years of collage) at the Centre Pompidou (271,707 visiteurs).
The Musée du Louvre is in twelfth place with “Sainte Russie” (Holy Russia) which attracted 263,308 visitors.