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Most Popular Museum

Monday, April 6th, 2009

It’s no wonder the Musée du Louvre is the most popular museum in the world. The historic Parisian fortress became the first museum accessible by even the lowest caste when the royal collection of King Louis XVI was opened to the public one year after his imprisonment during the French Revolution. Under the auspices of such rulers as Napoleon, Louis XVIII and Charles X, the Louvre’s collections only grew.

World's Most Popular Museum

The Louvre holds over 380,000 objects, including famous works such as the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. Only a fraction of them is on display at any given time in the Louvre’s eight curatorial departments—Egyptian antiquities; Near Eastern antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman; sculpture; painting; decorative arts and, most recently, Islamic art.

The most popular museum ranked first place with 8.3 million visitors when The Art Newspaper compiled its first list based on admissions data collected throughout 2007. It retained its place as the final tally for 2008 came to 8.5 million patrons.

Most Popular French Baby Names

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The most popular French baby names haven’t changed much over the years. The only change to a usually consistent list of most popular baby names in France came when “Marie” fell out of the top ten and was replaced by “Jade”. For boys, “Maxime” and “Louis” were dropped from the top ten and were replaced by “Noah” and “Matteo”.

Here are the top ten most popular names given to French babies for the year 2006. Boys: Enzo, Mathis, Lucas, Hugo, Mathéo, Nathan, Théo, Noah, Mattéo, and Thomas. Girls: Emma, Léa, Manon, Clara, Chloe, Inès, Camille, Sarah, Océane, and Jade. Interestingly, half of the popular girls’ names that made the list back in 1990 have remained in the top ten, but Thomas is the only baby boy’s name to still be in the top ten.

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