The Louvre museum in Paris announced yesterday, February 9, that it will be open nonstop for the last three days of its blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition. The museum’s workers will be pulling all-nighters from February 21 through the exhibition’s closing date on February 24.
These three consecutive nights will allow 30,000 more visitors to see the exhibition, according to the museum. Booking will be required (available at the museum’s website starting February 11), but all time slots between 9pm and 8:30am will be absolutely free. Time slots during regular opening hours have already sold out.
The exhibition marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death with 160 works, including paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculptures, and a virtual reality project. It also brings works by his Leonardo’s master, Andrea del Verrocchio, and his two disciples, Marco d’Oggiono and Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio. The survey, which has been 10 years in the making, is the museum’s largest-ever survey of the Italian master’s works.
“This event is the Louvre’s way of thanking the public for their interest in the exhibition,” the Louvre said in a statement. “If you have not yet managed to see it, or if you loved it so much that you would like to come again, now is the final chance!”