Things to do at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac


Things to do at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Whether you’re visiting alone, as a family or with friends, there are various options available to explore the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions exactly as you want…


The musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac hosts permanent collections, temporary exhibitions and a wide range of events.

The permanent exhibitions are displayed on the “Main Collections Level” which is divided into four zones: Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The temporary exhibitions are displayed in the “Garden Gallery” and on the mezzanines (West mezzanine, East mezzanine, central mezzanine). The museum also houses the Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre, a cinema, the Jacques Kerchache Reading Room, a media library, and a vast garden.

You can explore the museum independently, as part of an activity, or to attend a performance or an event.

Independent visit

All of the museum’s spaces are accessible to all visitors. The River - a long, leather corridor running through the Main Collections Level, incorporates a number of interactive devices and seating. It also enables visitors to find their way around the collections.

The major exhibitions incorporate various accessibility devices:

  • tactile reproductions of works with audio commentary thanks to the patronage of Mikli Diffusion France,
  • an introductory video in French sign language, with sound and subtitles,
  • room cards in enlarged font and ‘easy to read and understand’ format,
  • jack sockets for plugging in headsets and induction loops.

To help you get the most out of your visit, audioguides, video guides in French Sign Language, games booklets, exploration guides, a ‘My Little Explorer Bag’ kit and the ‘Les Experts quai Branly’ application on iPad for children are all available free of charge from the reception desk in the museum entrance hall.

What’s more, wheel chairs, mobility frames, seat sticks, pushchairs, magnifying glasses, binoculars, torches and steps are free to loan from the cloakroom (no advance reservation needed).

Take part in an activity

The museum offers a variety of activities accessible to all or tailored to a specific disability, including guided tours, storytelling tours and workshops. These activities are all run by specialised tour guides and aim to explore the permanent collections and exhibitions.

Discover the themes for the guided tours, storytelling tours and workshops available.

To sign up for an activity, contact the booking office at or on +33 (0)1 56 61 71 72.

Guided tours using lip reading and Cued Speech, descriptive and tactile visits, French sign language tours and visits tailored to those with mental disabilities are run twice a year, and workshops and other activities accessible to all are run regularly.

For activity and event dates, view the museum agenda (enter your criteria to narrow the search).

Attend an event

The Jacques Kerchache Reading Room runs accessible events and talks. View the full programme here.

The museum also hosts performances, concerts, screenings and conferences in the Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre and the cinema.

These two venues are equipped with designated wheelchair spaces. Hearing loops available on loan free of charge for all these events, and interpretation in French sign language and audio description for some.

Discover the performance, events and cinema programme

Discover the conference schedule at the Open University.

To plan your visit, go to the “useful information” page dedicated to disabled visitors.