The Musées des Arts Décoratifs were among the first museums in France to set up a Visitors’ Department. In 1951, guided tours and lectures were arranged for children and adults to make the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions accessible to the greatest possible number of visitors.

The experiment was instructive and the Visitors’ Department now designs tours, conferences, courses, documentary and photographic projects centered on the decorative arts collections. Sharing knowledge in the field of the decorative arts, design, fashion, textiles and graphics is the main mission of the educational and cultural department which seeks to interest and satisfy its visitors.

The Visitors’ Department is for you. Feel free to contact us to discuss your educational projects, research and wishes.

Information and reservation

Mondays to Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Individuals and groups aged over 18, families
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 55 59 26
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 55 59 58

Individuals and groups aged under 18
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 55 59 75 or 59 25
Fax : 01 44 55 57 78

For Adults

These activities can be offered in English and German.

Activities for individuals

Guided discovery or thematic tours and workshops are available for individuals and families on weekdays or at the weekends, accompanied by Arts Décoratifs lecturers. Participatants can do these activities one by one or in series by subscription.

Activities for groups

Guided tours, workshops, a day at the museum. The reopening of the museum is an opportunity to develop new approaches to the collections for groups of adults and families following the new museum itineraries.

A Day at the Museum is a guided tour by a specialised lecturer on a chosen theme such as ‘Use and function’, ‘A period, an art of living’, ‘Everyone has their job’, ‘Exoticism and dreams from elsewhere, ‘The museum in five senses’.

Tactile tours and tours in sign language are also available.

Special services are also available for professional schools, either for activities accompanied by lecturers or simply for free museum visits.

Meetings with professionals

Creators and professionals are regularly invited to share their vision and insight and talk about present-day trends in their field.

Open week

A week during which Les Arts Décoratifs will open its doors to the public One pass will be given per school class enabling access to the collections and also programmed cultural activities.

Meetings by invitation

Les Arts Décoratifs makes a special effort to welcome teachers in professional schools, who are invited to free guided tours of exhibitions during their first week. A team is available to help in designing or following up their pedagogical projects. To enable teachers to prepare their class visits, a document and a bibliography is available on site.

Professional training

Training courses can be designed on demand for companies and organisations.

For young People

Some of these activities are run in English and German.

This department’s educational activities cater for young people from nursery school to the baccalaureate, in groups (schools, extracurricular activities, employee’s committees), individually (Wednesdays and Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays) or with their family. Discovery booklets will enable very young children to apprehend the museum through play activities.

Lecturers, historians, artists and fashion designers conduct these visits and activities with the aim of showing the museum’s heritage to the greatest number and to incite reflection and new interests in young visitors.

Various programmes cater for:

Free visits, guided tours, workshops, thematic visits, cultural classes, the Pac classes, the blue workshops, artistic workshops and lectures.

Thematic tours, workshops, birthdays, family tours and workshops.

Particular attention is paid to teachers at all levels of education and those responsible for groups of children with the dual aim of increasing knowledge of the museum’s collections and preparing the museum visit for the groups concerned.


An 80-seat auditorium designed by Bernard Desmoulin, runs programmes linked to the museum’s services for the public.

The programme will explore domains linked to the decorative arts for all publics, showing the richness of scientific approaches in all disciplines in lectures by experts in their field. These activities will range from lectures, panel discussions and colloquiums to film seasons and live performances in a programme aiming to show diverse facets of the collections and temporary exhibitions.

Educational and cultural programmes in the auditorium will also cover current trends and act as a platform for creative exchanges, research and publishing in the decorative arts, fashion, graphic design and advertising.

Downlad the Auditorium’s program (in French only)


Metro train stations: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, Tuileries, Pyramides
Bus: 21, 27, 39, 48, 68, 72, 81, 95
Parkings: Carrousel du Louvre, rue des Pyramides

Les Arts Décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
tél. : +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50