PARIS, 31 Aug – PRIME. Museums in the eastern French city of Strasbourg will close two days a week and reduce opening hours “in order to adapt to the crisis” in the energy sector, Mayor Jeanne Barseguian said in a communiqué sent to museum leaders on Wednesday, La Tribune de l Art.
“Museums will be closed two days a week instead of one, and visiting hours will be adapted to attendance,” the mayor said.
The measure was taken to save electricity against the backdrop of a sharp rise in electricity prices. Barseghyan noted, however, that the cost of admission tickets will not increase in order for “museums to remain accessible.”
Eight museums, which are managed by the Strasbourg City Hall, will operate according to a new schedule from October 3: some museums will be closed on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the rest on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All institutions will also be closed to visitors from 13:00 to 14:00.
The fact that these measures are being considered by the authorities, the French trade unions learned in early August. A petition was launched against the change in museum opening hours, noting that “Strasbourg, France’s seventh most popular tourist destination, will be the first metropolitan city to take such measures.”
In a few days, the online petition has collected about 2,000 signatures.