Musée du Louvre drew 8.5m visitors in 2009
Muse du Louvre drew 8.5m visitors in 2009
Paris's museum matched its record-breaking 2008, with a further 5m visitors at its travelling expos
The Louvre Museum, one of the largest museums in the world and a central Paris landmark, matched its record-breaking 2008 attendance figures, last year.
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa takes pride of place at the Louvre
According toitsofficially released annual attendance figures, 8.5m people explored the Paris museum.
A further 3.5m people visited travelling shows of Louvre works in France and abroad.
Meanwhile, over in Asia, one travelling 18th century European painting exhibition drew 1.5m visitors in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
Last year, temporary exhibits at Paris's Louvre included a show about the ancient Egyptians and works by the Venetian Renaissance masters Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.
And, with permanent displays including Leonardo da Vinci'sMona Lisa - a work that is often used to illustrate art itself - the Muse du Louvreshould be confidentlyanticipating a recession-defying 2010.