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How to Attend da Vinci’s 500-Year Anniversary at the Louvre

Be at your computers on June 18th, people

How to Attend da Vinci’s 500-Year Anniversary at the Louvre
By Tanner Garrity / April 30, 2019 5:02 pm

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On October 24th, 2019, you won’t be able to just show up to the Louvre and buy day-of tickets.

The world’s most visited museum (it hosted more than 10 million guests in 2018) is expecting hordes of tourists for Leonardo da Vinci’s anniversary exhibit. The Renaissance master died 500 years ago this Thursday, and the Louvre plans on rolling out a gallery of his greatest hits. In addition to Mona Lisa, St. John the Baptist and The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, the museum hopes the Italian government will lend a masterpiece or two, while the art world desperately wants that infamous, $450M Salvador Mundi painting to come out of hiding.

To see the exhibit for yourself, you’ll have to make a reservation online. The museum rarely calls for reservations, but wants to keep waiting lines to a half-hour maximum. Your best shot at getting your preferred time is to hound the museum’s booking site in the early hours of June 18th. Expect to pay $19 for a ticket.

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