Hi, I'm Nancy Burke and welcome to my blog. I've lived in France on the outskirts of Paris for over 20 years with my husband, Rob, and a little more recently, our black cat Cassie. My friends tell me that I know more about Paris than most Parisians. I don't know about that but I do try to make the most of living in one of the world's greatest centers of culture, art and architecture. Most weekdays I'm out and about visiting museums, taking tours, or just experiencing French life. I was a long time director of the Friday Tour Group and I'm still an active member.
15 November 2019
It has been 500 years since the death of Léonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) and the unprecedented exhibition at the Musée du Louvre is the perfect place to celebrate! Ticket sales are brisk as locals and tourists alike queue up to view the largest collection in the world of da Vinci’s paintings as well as 22 drawings. The internet is full of detailed exhibit information so there is no purpose in repeating already great writeups. Instead, my husband encouraged me to outline my experiences attending this blockbuster exhibit … hoping you may pick up a hint or two.
I bought my timed ticket (on-line only) as soon as they were available - even before the exhibition began on Oct. 24. Those of you who know me realize I like to get to museums early –before the crowds! My reservation was for 10:00. An “Amis du Louvre” is the magical museum pass that lets you avoid waiting in lines and after checking my coat I was still 30 minutes early for my reservation. My Amis du Louvre pass got me to the front of the line and I was ahead of schedule. I immediately reserved the first available time for the Mona Lisa virtual reality (VR) experience and got another timed ticket for 10:45. A credit card, an automated kiosk (which generated still another ticket), a picture ID for deposit, a short wait in line and I had my audio-guide. Then it was time for the actual exhibit which I had to break into two parts since my VR show was in the middle. The crowds were building up when I returned to finish the exhibit - but still manageable - allowing me to maneuver around quite easily and get close to the works of art. My longest wait of the day was returning the audio-guide which unfortunately was the same line for picking up the equipment initially.
Bottom line? This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to view objets d’art by da Vinci and the master’s circle owned by the museum as well as from around the world. The infrared reflectography adjacent to some of the paintings was especially interesting. If you have the chance to attend – do it. I highly recommend the Mona Lisa VR presentation, too. You will not be disappointed!
1. This exhibition runs through 24 February 2020. The museum is open every day except Tues. from 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Wednesdays and Fridays until 9:45PM. A reserved-timed ticket is required by all, including Amis du Louvre pass holders, to enter this exhibition. Be aware tickets may already be sold out for the date(s) you want!
2.Detailed information is provided in French and English on the walls. An audio-guide is available in both languages also. The Mona Lisa virtual reality is in several languages..
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