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Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?

Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?
Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?, Crowds around Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Paris. Image © Guia Besana
Crowds around Da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Paris. Image © Guia Besana

In an article for the New York Times Rachel Donadio examines Masterworks vs. the Masses. From the Louvre in Paris to London's British Museum, Florence's Uffizi to the Vatican Museums, the increasing surge of visitors to these international cultural nodes "has turned many museums into crowded, sauna-like spaces." Balancing everyone's right to be "nourished" by cultural experiences with protecting and preserving the works of art in question is a very real problem. According to Donadio, "even when the art is secure, the experience can become irksome." With some museums seeing annual visitors of up to 6.7 million visitors (British Museum), addressing the issues faced by institutions that are a victim of their own success is becoming more and more pressing. Read the article in full here.

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Has The Surge Of Visitors to Museums & Galleries Reached A Tipping Point?" 30 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/532208/has-the-surge-of-visitors-to-museums-and-galleries-reached-a-tipping-point/> ISSN 0719-8884

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