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Attendance in 2018: three million visitors to City of Paris museums!

Publié le 16 January 2019

Thanks to a broad program, and in spite of major renovation work, the museums of the City of Paris counted three million visitors in 2018.

The year was a productive one for the museums of the City of Paris.

In a context of major renovation work that led to the closing of certain buildings, the municipal museums of the capital welcomed three million visitors during the year, a significant increase in attendance!

A broad and ambitious program played a leading role.


At the Petit Palais

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 Thanks to the success of its exhibitions, the Petit Palais Museum of Fine Arts of the City of Paris, broke attendance records in 2018 with over 1.2 million visitors!

 - Dutch Artists in Paris (1789-1914): 170,000 visitors.
 - Impressionists in London: French Artists in Exile: 156,000 visitors.
 - Jakuchū: Images of the Colorful Kingdom of Living Beings: 76,000 visitors after only one month.

 The museum’s permanent collections maintained a very high level of attendance, in particular because of the new sculpture gallery inaugurated in November, a varied cultural program and exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art and photography (Valérie Jouve, L'Esprit des Lieux, FIAC Projects).


At the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris also recorded strong attendance with 540,000 visitors in 2018 (+6% as compared to 2017), in spite of renovation work that led to the closing of several rooms.

The Zao Wou-Ki: Space is Silence exhibition attracted 182,456 visitors in 2018.

At the Victor Hugo home

Over 176,000 visitors went to see the permanent collections, as well as the Caricatures: Hugo is Front Page News exhibition.

At the Cernuschi Museum

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Thanks to high-quality programming, the Museum of Asian Arts of the City of Paris showed a strong 77% increase in attendance as compared to 21017, with 94,000 visitors.

The Treasures of Kyoto exhibition, which continues until January 27, was a particularly outstanding success.


At the Palais Galliera

Before closing its doors to the public in July 2018 for work on an extension, the Museum of Fashion of the City of Paris welcomed 80,000 visitors with the Margiela Galliera: 1989/2009 exhibition.



At the Musée de la Vie Romantique

After work to improve access for disabled visitors, the Museum of the Romantics reopened in July 2018. The Markus Lupertz exhibition and the permanent collection attracted 63,000 visitors.


The Paris Catacombs acquired a new entrance and welcomed 480,000 visitors, while the Archeological Crypt on Ile de la Cité counted 157,000 visitors.
In addition, certain exhibitions that opened late in 2018 and are continuing in 2019 have been enthusiastically received by the public.

This is the case for The Instinct of Matter at the Zadkine Museum, Transmission/Transgression at the Bourdelle Museum and The Luxury Factory at the Cognacq-Jay Museum.