For months now, a large number of museums have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Louvre , which is the most visited museum in the world, is one of the museums that have been forced to close their doors to the public to prevent the spread of the virus, and it has been closed for almost a year.
To remedy the situation, the museum is offering free access to its works directly online from a computer, tablet or smartphone.
If you miss museums, you can take the opportunity to bring the Louvre directly to your home. You can access almost 482,000 works from the museum.
There is also an interactive map that will help visitors explore the Louvre room by room and will be available in French, English, Spanish and Chinese.
Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez said in a statement: “For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free, whether they are on display in the museum, on loan, even long-term, or in storage. The Louvre’s stunning cultural heritage is all now just a click away! I am sure that this digital content is going to further inspire people to come to the Louvre to discover the collections in person”.
This initiative by the Louvre is an important step for art that has been sidelined since the beginning of the pandemic. It gives hope to all art and museum lovers to be able to enjoy visiting a museum again after those long months of social isolation.
With nearly half a million pieces in the Louvre, art lovers should be delighted to discover or rediscover them directly online from their homes, and all for free. This should make them want to visit the museum once it reopens, hopefully soon.
You can visit the Louvre Museum online here.