Museums all over the world are struggling to get through the COVID-19 crisis. UNESCO said one in eight might have to close their doors for good. Some of the major institutions in Europe have been losing over two million dollars a month.
In many museums, the phenomenon of over-tourism is making space for cultural tourism, especially since so few foreign visitors can come in.
Instead of standing shoulder to shoulder, only able to gaze upwards at Michelangelo’s ceiling, visitors to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel have space to explore the exquisite details of the Renaissance master while wearing a protective mask.
In Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum there were, for once, more people depicted in Rembrandt’s Night Watch itself than visitors looking at them.
At the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain, the price of one ticket bought this month will include a three-month museum membership.
Steadily, ever more of Europe’s main museums will reopen. In Paris, the Louvre, home of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, will welcome visitors again on July 6.