PARIS, July 7 (Xinhua) — The Rodin museum in Paris, which was primarily dedicated to the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), reopened to the public on Tuesday after months of closure due to the coronavirus crisis.
Like other culture icons in the French capital emerging out of the anti-epidemic lockdown, the Rodin Museum now put hand gel at disposal, encouraged ticket-buying online, implemented a specific queuing system and required all visitors aged over 11 to wear masks, respect social distancing rules and follow visiting route marks.
Unlike pre-pandemic days when tourists crowded every landmark site in Paris, the reopening did not bring a long queue to the Museum.
The closure in the past months had cost the museum around 4 million euros (4.4 million U.S. dollars), reported French media.
Located on the left bank of the Seine River, the Rodin Museum, which was opened since 1919, is France’s only national museum to be self-financing, without any state subsidy.
Apart from ticket office, shop sales and rental of spaces for private events, it also sells “official reproductions” of Rodin’s work.
To recover, the museum launched a call for donations. “The Rodin museum is very affected economically by the context of a global pandemic,” it said on its website and social media platform. “Your donation is more than ever useful.” Enditem