The Louvre, one of the most famous art museums in the world located in Paris, France shut down for one day on April 10 because its staff was holding a protest. The workers at the museum did not want a raise in salaries or better working conditions. Their demand was for more police to stop pickpockets at the museum. The incidences of people stealing purses, wallets, watches, and other valuables from visitors and the staff of the museum has gone up. The staff has been complaining about thieves in the museum for some time now.
The Louvre receives over 20,000 visitors a day. It is the most visited museum in the world. The museum opened in 1793. It is the home of some very famous artworks, including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and The Marly Horses. The entrance to the museum is a glass pyramid-shaped building.
Did you know?
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, considered by many to be the most famous painting in the world, was stolen in 1911 from the Louvre Museum. The painting was stolen by a former employee of the museum and was returned 2 years later.
Image Credits: Alvesgaspar for Louvre’s image