Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Open and shut case

Why do all art museums have pretty much the same opening hours? We figure it’s not totally based on the interests and convenience of the public.

The Palais de Tokyo in Paris has taken a new line. It’s open every day of the week from midday to midnight and runs events that attract a far younger audience in those later hours. And audiences do care. Next door at the Musée d’Art Moderne an unexpected closing on Sunday got a rush of wtf comments.

It certainly would be interesting to see what would happen if museums restructured their opening hours to the habits and customs of their visitors.