The Louvre got a much-needed refurbishing thanks to COVID closure

The Louvre got a much-needed refurbishing thanks to COVID closure


It’s enough to make the 518-year-old Mona Lisa break out into a real smile.

Closure of the Louvre because of the pandemic has meant no crush of visitors for once and a chance to refurbish the iconic Paris museum.

Da Vinci’s masterpiece, along with treasures like the white marble Venus de Milo, no longer have to contend with an estimated 40,000 visitors per day. At least for now.

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Curators, restorers and workers have taken advantage of the second closure of the Louvre on Oct. 30 to clean sculptures, organize artifacts and inventories, and undertake long-overdue restorations, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

The Louvre ground to a halt when it was first shut down in March. But this time, 250 employees are operational.

The Venus of Milo sculpture, background, is lit by a ray of light in the Louvre museum, in Paris on Feb. 11, 2021.Thibault Camus/AP

“We’re taking advantage of the museum’s closure to carry out a number of

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