The world’s largest art museum, the Louvre, is struggling to cope with large crowds of tourists, so-much-so that it was forced to close its doors earlier this week.

Tourists were left disappointed on Monday and Tuesday when Paris’ iconic Louvre shut its doors after overcrowding and hectic working conditions saw staff walk off the job.

On Twitter, the museum confirmed it would reopen from 9.00am to 6.00pm but would only guarantee entry to those who booked their tickets in advance online.

“Only tickets purchased online guarantee entry to the museum.”

Louvre Museum

According to union representatives, the Louvre is “suffocating” with tourists every day and staff are left dealing with organisational problems, extensive queues and harassment, reported.

A particular problem for staff, unsurprisingly, is the ‘Mona Lisa’ painting, which is attracting longer lines than usual due to disruptions created by current renovation work.


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Last year, the Louvre welcomed some 10.2 million visitors, a figure that union leaders say is 20 percent more than a decade ago, and it’s still growing. Despite this large increase, the museum hasn’t undergone any expansion work.

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