Lou­vre is world’s top mu­seum with 10 mil­lion vis­i­tors

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A MU­SIC video by Bey­once and Jay-z set in the Lou­vre helped boost vis­i­tor num­bers to a record 10.2 mil­lion last year, the most for any mu­seum in his­tory, the Lou­vre said yes­ter­day.

A re­bound in tourist num­bers to Paris, fol­low­ing a drop af­ter Is­lamist mil­i­tants killed 130 peo­ple in the French cap­i­tal in Novem­ber 2015, also helped the mu­seum achieve a 25 per­cent in­crease in vis­i­tors on the pre­vi­ous year.

The Lou­vre said it was happy at the re­sponse to the video by Bey­once and her hus­band Jay-z for the song “APES**T” in which they per­form in front of the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and other fa­mous art­works. It has been viewed nearly 150 mil­lion times on Youtube.

“It is good to see that th­ese Amer­i­can artists, cre­ators of to­day, are in­ter­ested in a mu­seum of ar­chae­ol­ogy and an­cient art,” Lou­vre Di­rec­tor Jean-luc Martinez told Reuters.

The Lou­vre’s pre­vi­ous record was 9.7 mil­lion vis­i­tors, in 2012, when the mu­seum in­au­gu­rated its Is­lamic Art sec­tion and held ex­hi­bi­tions on Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

Three-quarters of the vis­i­tors are for­eign­ers, with about 1.5 mil­lion Amer­i­can and 1 mil­lion Chi­nese tourists.

Full-year tourist num­bers for the Paris re­gion are not yet avail­able.

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