What Days Are Most Museums Generally Open?


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The days in which a museum is generally open depends on the specific museum and location; many are open 7 days a week and others close at least 1 day a week. For example, many museums in Paris are closed Mondays and public holidays, states the official website for the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau. Museum visitors should check with the museum they would like to visit to confirm the hours it is open to the public.

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As of 2015, many of the major museums in the world are open 7 days a week. Previously, museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art typically closed 1 day a week, often Monday, to save money, notes the New York Times. An increase in tourism and museum attendance over the years caused museums to consider opening every day. For example, the Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington D.C. are open every day except Christmas Day. Other museums open every day include The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Prado in Madrid, Spain. Major London museums open every day include the Tate Modern, National Gallery, Wallace Collection and Tate Britain. Visitors to Paris will find the Musee d'Orsay closed on Mondays and Louvre closed on Tuesdays, as of 2015.

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