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New Museums Opening in France Despite State Budget Cuts

Between now and 2019, more than fifteen museums will open in France, according to Le Figaro. Among these: a perfume museum in Paris, a museum dedicated to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and the Museum Bonnat-Helleu in Bayonne whose collection includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Rubens.

The most expensive project is the MusVerre, a museum dedicated to contemporary glass works that relocated to a larger facility in Sars-Poteries near the Belgian border earlier this month. With a price tag of 15 million euros, MusVerre aims to turn Sars-Poteries into a tourist destination by attracting visitors from nearby Belgium and Luxembourg as well as from further afield locations like the US and Scandinavia.

Finding less and less state funding for cultural institutions, French museums (new and existing) are now relying more heavily on private donations, ticket sales, and space rentals for private events.