Ever wanted to have an evening at the museum? Now you can.
You have to be pretty special to get the chance to wander around the Louvre in private.
The museum doesn’t open its doors for just anyone. Barack Obama has had a private tour, as have Beyoncé and Jay-Z right before they filmed a music video inside the galleries’ corridors. Famously, the Louvre has denied filming rights to several movie productions. (Though Tom Hanks’ The Da Vinci Code did manage to secure the opportunity to film inside the Louvre on an eerie deserted night.)
All those famous names and now… you.
Airbnb is giving someone the chance to spend a night at the museum to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Louvre’s soaring glass pyramid, designed and installed by architect IM Pei. On 30 April, Airbnb will erect a cosy bedroom at the foot of the pyramid and one lucky winner and their guest will get the chance to visit the museum after dark.
Checking in as the sun sets, the pair will be treated to a bespoke tour given by an art historian and accompanied with cocktails. Later, there’ll be French music to help them relax before dinner looking upon the famous winged Venus of Milo statue. Afterwards, it’s straight to bed. Who knows, maybe all of the museum’s most famous exhibits will come to life at night, a la Night at the Museum?
“We are happy to offer this unique and special experience for two people to stay in the museum overnight in a bespoke pyramid shaped bedroom,” Anne-Laure Béatrix, Deputy Managing Director of the Musée du Louvre said in a statement. “We know that many people would love the opportunity to wander alone at night through the Louvre and we want this to be a magical and unforgettable experience.”
This is just one – though, perhaps, the most spectacular – of many exclusive Louvre experiences that will be hosted by Airbnb over the coming months. To celebrate the pyramid’s 30th anniversary, Airbnb will be curating a number of special Louvre events, introducing travelers to a side of the museum they might never have seen before.
If you want the opportunity to spend a night at the Louvre, you need to enter the competition on Airbnb’s website now.
It’s pretty simple: all you have to do is explain why you think Mona Lisa might be the best Airbnb host. We think it’s because she has lived a fascinating life, and would tell the best stories. Good luck!
Images: Airbnb/©Julian Abrams