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.
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.
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.
We offer training courses focused on collections or temporary exhibitions (which vary according to quarterly periods and the programme), seen through the eyes of a lecturer or storyteller.
Have a look at our quarterly training programme (in French).
© Manuel Braun
© Manuel Braun
Visit the Centre Pompidou and view the Museum and the Exhitions on your own.
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.
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 and whole families.
For audiences learning French, a minimum level of oral comprehension is recommended to get the most out of the tour.
Group tours must be reserved at least one month in advance, and paid for no later than 21 days before the actual tour. The maximum number of participants is 25, including assistants.
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. View the online dossier.
Prepare your visit with our online resources.
You can also view our former visiting guide dossiers designed for community outreach organisations.
Please note: most of the works featured in these dossiers are no longer on show.
By downloading the free Centre Pompidou app, you can find your way around more easily thanks to a tour with plans, and also rediscover different tour circuits that are regularly updated.
Over 150 teaching dossiers are available on line, providing documentation on art, its figures and its movements.
Visit to the Centre Pompidou © Manuel Braun
Green Father Christmas campaign of the Secours Populaire Français © Hervé 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:
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.
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.
As part of the Green Father Christmas campaign of the Secours Populaire Français, the Centre Pompidou was pleased to host a Christmas event for SPF Seine-St Denis on 18 December 2013. The children who attended enjoyed a guided tour of the Museum, an art workshop, a performance and a Christmas tea.