Van Gogh and Doré give the Orsay an Easter boost

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Paris museum reports more than 88,000 visitors in one week

Gustave Doré, “Help! The Marquis Of Carabas Is Drowning!”, frontispice for Puss in Boots, 1862. Photo: © Bibliothèque Nationale de France

More than 88,000 people passed through the doors of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris last week (22-27 April), giving the museum its highest visitor figures for a single week since 2004.

“There is always high attendance during Easter week, a vacation period, but it’s clear that the ‘Van Gogh/Artaud: the Man Suicided by Society’ exhibition (until 6 July), along with the Gustave Doré show (until 11 May), have boosted figures,” a museum spokeswoman says. “In addition, since the refurbishment of the museum [in 2011], the flow of visitors has been managed more effectively with more space to move around in the permanent collection displays.”

On 24 April, on a “jour de nocturne” when the museum stays open until 9pm, 19,830 people turned up.

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