Each year, more and more people are visiting the world’s major art museums. In 2013 alone, 9.3 million people poured into the Louvre Museum in Paris. Crowds are good news for ticket sales. But some people argue that museums should limit the number of people allowed to come through their doors.
Overcrowding can be uncomfortable for visitors. It also puts fragile artworks at risk, because accidents occur more often in crowded galleries. In recent years, visitors have broken the extended fingers of an ancient Roman statue in the British Museum several times. At the Detroit Institute of Arts, a child stuck a wad of gum onto a painting worth more than $1.5 million.
Others argue that museums shouldn’t turn people away. They say it would be unfair to prevent anyone from seeing the world’s cultural treasures. By placing a limit on the number of visitors allowed, museums could also face huge financial losses.