Orange Foundation


When vocation meets motivation 

The musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac is committed to building a cultural complex accessible to all by transforming its spaces and providing a wide variety of activities and innovative partnerships.

The Orange Foundation’s ambition it to give everyone the opportunity to communicate better by making culture accessible. This collaboration resulted in the production of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Sensory Picture-Book in 2010, and continued in 2012 with support for the iPad application Quai Branly Experts.


Since its creation in 1987, the Orange Foundation has been running a major patronage programme that builds on the company’s mission: to allow everyone to communicate better. By fighting against sensory deprivation, promoting greater autonomy in daily life and work, and encouraging cultural and social development, the Orange Foundation is working to make the world more accessible and create a social bond.

The Orange Foundation supports projects aimed at improving the quality of life for the visually impaired and the blind by facilitating their access to information, education and culture, and by giving priority to reading and to cultural sites.

In 2019-2020, it chose to support the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in its large-scale project to restore African musical instruments and in its exceptional concert held to allow people to hear and discover some of these instruments.

The Orange Foundation also supports the educational and cultural actions of museums, notably targeting audiences with limited access to culture for socio-economic, geographic or health reasons. To this end, it supported the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac’s “Nomad Workshops” in 2020, which will form an ongoing project within this partnership through the organisation of exceptional events in Argenteuil (workshops, talks, presentations of works, etc.).

2012: Les experts quai Branly application on iPad

For several years, The Orange Foundation has encouraged the use of new digital technologies to facilitate access to information and culture for all, and particularly for visitors with sensory disabilities.

It it thus entirely natural that the Orange Foundation should support the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in its development of an iPad application enabling deaf or hard-of-hearing children to discover four of the planet's continents in a fun and entertaining way, in small groups or with their families.

As an explorer alongside Laurent the ethnologist, the children discover the many cultural and colorful facets of four continents through puzzles, treasure hunts and voyages using many different means of transport.

As they make their discoveries, the children also become familiar with the use of a multimedia tablet.

2010: the sensory picture-book of the musée du quai branly…

…in tactile and Braille versions, is a “bas-relief” extracted from the Picture-book of the collections, published by the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and made possible through the support of the Orange Foundation. It aims to help people to discover the vast wealth of the objects in the Ethnographic Collections. The Sensory picture-book of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac is designed for people with visual impairments, but also for all those who accompany them – parents, relatives, teachers or carers. It brings together a selection of 16 works adapted for boards embossed in bas-relief.

The project is conducted with the help of a company specialised in the production of tactile media, and in consultation with the Fédération des Aveugles (Federation of the Blind) of France.

Four works per continent represented in the Museum’s collections (Asia, Oceania, Africa, and the Americas) were chosen by curators from the Picture-book of the collections, which was first published for the Museum’s opening in 2006. The idea was to find objects made from many different materials (bark, metal, shell, straw, etc.) and of varying shapes and sizes, to show the magnitude of non-Western creations. It was also important that the objects represented were the main pieces of the Museum’s collection.

The Sensory picture-book of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac has 52 pages and measures 18 x 24 cm. On sale for around €30, it was first presented in December 2010, during the Museum’s Accessibility Week. Available for order from late 2010, it appeared in bookshops in early 2011. In addition to the descriptions being transcribed in Braille, an audio description CD is included which puts the works into context.