The Louvre announced its latest unexpected partnership. Earlier this year it partnered with Airbnb to let a visitor spend the night under the museum’s pyramid, and now the museum, which is consistently the most visited in the world, is partnering with the luxury cruise company Ponant to organize two cruises slated for 2020.
Protesters gathered outside the Louvre in Paris on Monday to condemn the museum's ties with the Sackler family, billionaire donors accused of pushing a highly-addictive opioid blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.
The Louvre in Paris closed its doors on May 27, turning away thousands of visitors, after security personnel went on strike. In a statement, the Sud Culture Solidaires Union said that the museum “is suffocating” due to the record number of visitors which totaled 10.2 million last year. “While numbers have increased by more than 20 percent since 2009, the museum has not got any bigger,” the union said.
A number of antique pieces from the prestigious French museum will be displayed in Iran, following the signing of an agreement between custodians of Iran's cultural heritage and France's Louvre Museum.