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Start planning if you want a ticket to the Louvre’s Da Vinci exhibition

If you hope to visit the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre in Paris this autumn, you will have to book timed tickets in advance to gain entrance. Due to the large number of visitors expected to visit the exhibition, which opens on 24 October, reservations will be obligatory for all visitors, including the 40% of visitors who attend the museum for free.

A Leonardo Da Vinci retrospective will be held at the Louvre In Paris this autumn. Image by ©NaughtyNut/Shutterstock

This mandatory booking policy will see tickets being sold at 30-minute intervals, because the retrospective is expected to attract huge crowds of art lovers and the museum wants to control the flow of people to ensure it doesn’t all get too frantic.

The Louvre is already one of the most famous and visited museums in the world, but last year saw it welcome a record-breaking 10.2 million visitors, a 25% increase from 2017. The museum received an extra boost when Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Apes**t” music video was filmed there and showed off some of its greatest artworks.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z in front of The Winged Victory of Samothrace in the Louvre, Paris. Image by Apesh*t/YouTube

The year 2019 has a special significance for the Louvre, as it will mark the fifth centenary of the Da Vinci’s death. The exhibition aims to bring as many as possible of the 14 to 17 paintings now attributed to the artist, according to specialists, to join the five large paintings in the Paris museum. This, of course, includes the iconic “Mona Lisa.”

The Louvre and IM Pei pyramid, 1st arrondissement. Image by ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

The exhibition will include a large selection of drawings and a small, but significant, group of his paintings and sculptures. It will also present the latest research findings, critical editions of key documents and the results of the latest analysis carried out in laboratories or during recent conservation treatment of three paintings by the Louvre.

Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci at the Louvre Museum, Paris, France. Image: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

Curated by Vincent Delieuvin and Louis Frank, the exhibition will run from 24 October 2019 to 24 February, 2020. Additional information and booking information can be found on the museum’s official website here.