Social mediators


From its very beginnings the Centre Pompidou has sought to welcome the very widest public and to make high culture accessible to those less likely to participate in it. This is why we have a pro-active policy that seeks to create the conditions for an encounter with art that leads to a moment of shared experience.

Involved in the Vivre Ensemble cultural education programme since 2004, the Centre Pompidou provides a diverse cultural offer together with appropriate mediation and a special price structure, as well as personalised support for professionals and volunteers working in the social sector.

Constructing your project at the Centre Pompidou

To see Becoming a social mediator at the Centre Pompidou

© Manuel Braun


If you are not yet a community outreach organisation at the Centre Pompidou:

To be eligible for the right to speak, special pricing for group visits and our training courses, you must first be identified as a community outreach organisation at the Centre Pompidou by attending an information session (this phase is mandatory). At this meeting, you can find out about the offers designed for your audiences, and discuss the planning and running of group tours in the Centre Pompidou.
To register for an information session in the near future, please contact us by email
Please note: even if you are already a community outreach organisation with the "Vivre Ensemble" mission or another cultural institution, you must still register with our team to become a community outreach organisation at the Centre Pompidou.

Consult our document "Bienvenue au Centre Pompidou"  (in French).

Our training programme

Are you interested in the training courses designed for community outreach organisations?
We offer community outreach organisations special training courses on the museum collections or temporary exhibitions to help them prepare for their group tours.

To register for one of these courses, you must already be identified as a community outreach organisation and have attended an information session. NB: the frequency and format of our courses may vary according to the period and current events. 

Have a look at our quarterly training programme (in French).

Taking groups to the Centre Pompidou

To see Taking groups to the Centre Pompidou

© Manuel Braun


Visiting the Centre Pompidou yourself (free)

Visit the Centre Pompidou and view the Museum and the Exhitions on your own.

Organising a guided tour (30€)

Guided tours of the Museum or the Exhibitions are available, led by specialists who will present the work in a way suitable to your group, in which discussion and the sharing of individual experiences of the works plays a central role.

Storytelling visits (30€)

Take a journey of exploration through the collections, accompanied by a storyteller who can help articulate the tale each work has to tell. Entertaining, poetic and educational, storytelling offers a wonderful first introduction to the museum and its collections for adults, children (aged 5 and up) and whole families. For audiences learning French, a minimum level of oral comprehension is recommended to get the most out of the tour. 

You can find "dream story" dates in our quarterly calendar


Practical informations:


- by phone: Tel: +33 (0)1 44 78 12 57, Mondays to Fridays 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
To benefit from specific pricing, please indicate that you are a community outreach organisation at the Centre Pompidou.
- online (only free visits or visits without a guide): log onto your account with your login and password. 

Reservations must be made :
- for visits without a guide, storytelling visits: at least one month in advance, and paid for no later than 21 days before the actual tour.
- for free visits: at least seven days in advance.

We recommend booking as early as possible.

Group size:

The maximum number of participants is 25, including assistants.

Preparing your visit to the Centre Pompidou

Texte Preparing your visit to the Centre Pompidou

Visit to the Centre Pompidou © Manuel Braun


Visiting guide dossiers

You can also view our former visiting guide dossiers designed for community outreach organisations :

- The resource entitled "Dis-moi des œuvres" ("Talking about art") enables you to devise original tour circuits mingling an exploration of the Museum's modern collections and word-based activities.
- Modern collections: the hang entitled "Modernités Plurielles" – 2014
- "Recovered and subverted objects" – 2013
- Contemporary collections – 2012
- Modern collections – 2012

Please note: most of the works featured in these dossiers are no longer on show.

Teaching dossiers

Over 150 teaching dossiers are available on line, providing documentation on art, its figures and its movements.

Discover what else we have to offer

Live shows at Centre Pompidou

Kate McIntosh, « Dark Matter » © Dominika Odrowaz

In addition to our permanent collections and exhibitions, the sheer variety of programmes at the Centre Pompidou is waiting to be discovered by you and your classes or groups: the cinema programme, live shows, workshops for adolescents, etc.


Live show

As part of the Centre Pompidou’s efforts towards social inclusion, benefit from preferential rates for all shows: €5 per attendee based on 10 tickets bought as part of the same order for the same show. Discover the 2019 schedule of live shows!

For more information and to book, please call +33 1 44 78 14 08 Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays) from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, or send us an e-mail. Payment must be made in advance, by card, bank transfer or cheque.

Open to the wider public, depending on the programme. Certain shows are aimed at a young audience.

The cinema

Would you like to take your class or group to the cinema at the Centre Pompidou? You can receive invitations to some season showings and retrospectives. Keep up to date on offers and how to get invitations via our monthly newsletters.

Open to the wider public, depending on the programme. Showings in the original language will be sub-titled in French.

Artistic wanderings

Let yourself be surprised and taken in a different direction by the members of the Art Session collective, comprising young volunteers aged between 18 and 25, who are actively involved in the cultural projects at the Centre Pompidou. By way of “Artistic Wanderings”, these young people will take socially disadvantaged groups on a unique voyage of discovery of the Centre Pompidou over three sessions, the last of which is a practical workshop.

Open to young adults aged between 18 and 25.

Studio 13/16

A space exclusively for young adults, Studio 13/16 is a practical space in which young people can take part in an original programme of experiential events. The programme is regularly updated and participants are looked after by mediators, who are on hand from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (during school holidays, Studio 13/16 is open every day except Tuesdays, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm).

Open to young adults aged between 13 and 16.


To find out more, e-mail us.

Organise a special project with the Centre Pompidou

To see Organise a special project with the Centre Pompidou

« 1 jour, 1 œuvre » © Centre Pompidou - H. Véronèse

Our team will be happy to develop special projects in partnership with your organisation, projects that connect to your everyday work and which further the Centre Pompidou’s objective of promoting the exchange of ideas, the sharing of feelings, and personal growth through the encounter with art and culture. Here are a few examples of what we have done:


"Pour tout bagage…" with Emmaüs Solidarité’s Louvel Tessier hostel

For six months, from January to June 2015, a number of residents from Emmaüs Solidarité’s four hostels for the homeless took part in an art workshop organised by the Centre in partnership with the association’s Culture and Citizenship Initiative. The work led to the creation of a suitcase, emblematic object of a life of nomadism and exclusion, packed with memories and dreams. The exhibition held at CHRS Louvel Tessier between June and September 2015 attracted nearly 200 visitors.

Bringing learners of French as second language to the Centre Pompidou

In March 2014, teams from the Centre Pompidou and the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information met with four organisations providing services to people learning French as a second language to offer them a two-part intervention. In the first place, our staff attended the French courses to lead a conversation workshop around the idea of the museum and the theme of that year’s French Language Week: À la folie. Following this, we invited the groups concerned to visit the Centre Pompidou and the BPI for a session of participatory activities.