Since the terrorists attacks of the mid 2010s, the most famous of Parisian museums have seen numbers stagger. However, there is one museum that is continuing to attract visitors.
Since the November 2015 Paris attacks, Paris has seen a continued decline in the number of tourists. These attacks have raised fears among tourists making them turn to other destinations across the continent. Even worse is the fact that these terrorist attacks have frightened off tourists from China and Japan who are the top spenders in Paris. The decline in tourist numbers has affected tourist related industries, which are suffering losses and stagnation.
One Parisian Museum An Exception
Top museums in Paris such as the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Chateau de Versailles have suffered from the effects of terrorist attacks as fewer people are visiting. According to a report by the Oakland Press, more tourists are paying visit to the Cité nationale de l'histoire de l'immigration (National Museum of the History of Immigration) than what was typically seen before. A reason for this could be an underlying desire to learn more about France's newest residents, many of whom the population may feel are not given a fair introduction in the often anti-immigration media.
The National Museum of the History of Immigration
The National Museum of the History of Immigration was opened in 2007 although the ideas for its premise was first conjured in 1987. The museum occupies the former home of National Museum of Arts of Africa and Oceania. President Jacques Chirac established the museum as a means of documenting the immigration of people into France, the experience of their integration into the French community and the attitudes towards immigrants from French citizens. The museum exhibits the history of immigration into France from the early 19th century. The museum organizes its collection in three major themes that reflect the details of the immigrants such as their roots. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday during which an admission fee is charged.
The museum holds a permanent exhibition, Repères, in which a variety of thematic photographs, audiovisual materials, comical creations, and souvenirs are displayed. The momentos are all unique for having been brought over to France from immigrants. In addition to the exhibition, there are temporary exhibitions and a number of special events focusing on the emerging issues of the immigration sector. These events attract a good number of tourists including about 40,000 students per year.
Visiting the museum has helped tourists from France and the world understand the social and economic contribution of the immigrants. The museum has also created a deeper understanding of the immigrants, their challenges, and struggles of fitting into the local communities. Immigrants accessing the museum and its collection can have a deeper understanding of themselves and their origins, which is also instrumental for future generations that may desire to understand the same. The exhibitions and special events also help in reflecting the attitudes of the natives and other immigrants in aiding new arrivals to adapt into the society.
- By Benjamin Elisha Sawe