Persons with disabilities

Prepare your visit

Museum entry is gratuite for persons with disabilities and for one person accompanying them upon presentation of proper identification.

Persons with disabilities and the person accompanying them have priority access at the museum entrance and the ticket counter and are not required to wait in line.

Accessibility for Persons with Reduced Mobility:

• Musée des Arts décoratifs: all of the museum’s exhibition spaces are accessible via elevator.
• Musée Nissim de Camondo: the ground floor is accessible to all, the second and third floor of the museum are not accessible to persons in wheelchairs.

Guide dogs and Special Assistance dogs are welcome in the museums.

Material Available to Make Your Visit More Comfortable:

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs has wheelchairs available for your use. It is not necessary to reserve in advance..

To use a wheelchair:
• Ask a member of staff as soon as you arrive at the museum.
• A member of staff will accompany you to the N-1 coat room where the wheelchair will be waiting for you.
• In exchange we will ask for your identity card which we will keep for the length of your visit to the museum.
• At the end of your visit, a member of staff will accompany you again to the N-1 coatroom to return the wheelchair and recuperate your identity card.

Audio guides are equipped with magnetic induction loops for the hearing impaired.

Educational and Cultural Programs for 4 Types of Disabilities

The following educational and cultural activities are led by guides of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs who have been specially trained, or followed sensitivity training, to work with persons with mental, physical, visual, motor and hearing disabilities.

Adult and Student Visitors with Hearing Difficulties

Guided tours of fashion and textile exhibitions in LSF (French Sign Language) are available Thursday during evening opening hours and on Saturday.

Visitors with Mental Disabilities

For young visitors
The tour is adapted to the group; the discoveries we propose focus on sensorial experience, games, and dialogue.
• Industrial Design (guided exploration)
• Sitting (guided exploration)
• The Table / Mealtime (guided exploration and workshop)
• The Jewellery Gallery (guided exploration and workshop)
• Galerie Jean Dubuffet (workshop)
• Musée Nissim de Camondo (workshop)

For Older Student and Adult Visitors
All activities for 18 to 25-year-olds and adults are adapted to the needs of the group.

For Visually Impaired Students and Adults

Specific educational materials accompany a tactile experience of a number of pieces in the collection.


Elegance and Lifestyle / 1h30 to 2h
The visit winds through temporary fashion exhibitions, the permanent collections and the jewellery gallery to provide a transversal discovery of the museum, period by period.

A Period, A Way of Life / 1h30
Discover the interior design and way of life of each period; learn how furniture and objects relate to their historical context.
• Château Life, from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century
• Salon Life, the 18th Century
• From One Empire to Another, the 19th Century
• Towards Modernity: Art Nouveau
• Adventures in Industrial Design: the 20th and 21st Century


In Your Hands / 2h (15 people max.)
An exceptional tour, “In Your Hands” allows visually impaired visitors to hold and touch 5 objects specially chosen from the reserves. A visit of the museum completes the experience, to situate the objects in the context of their creation and use.

Musical Itinerary / 2h
Rhythm, aesthetics, and musically themed décor are discussed in this visit where observation of pieces in the collection is accompanied by music.

For Youth, Students and Adults with Motor Disabilities

All of the activities that we offer for youth and student groups, 18 to 25-year-olds and adults are wheelchair accessible. Certain themes are proposed at a particular time for better accessibility.

A site designed to be accessible to the widest number of visitors, the site of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs conforms to the standards defined by the W3C-WAI. Thanks to SPIP technology which disassociates the background (content coded in HTML, universally accessible) from the foreground (coded in CSS, cascading style sheets), this site has been designed to be accessible to the widest number of visitors. Documents taken out of CSS remain coherent: title, content, menus, and images.

Site Structure and Information

The site is organised in sections and sub-sections containing articles. The menus on the left of the screen reflect how the information is structured by showing the titles of the sections, sub-sections, and articles. The pages are structured with appropriately ordered titles h1…h6.


Users can navigate the site with their keyboard by pressing [Tab] until the cursor falls on the desired link, then pressing [Enter]. “Breadcrumbs” are situated at the top of each page to facilitate navigation and allow users to know where they are and where they have come from in every section. A link toward a map of the site is accessible at the bottom of every page.

Navigator Compatibility

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs site is compatible with all current navigators with the exception of version 6 and earlier of Internet Explorer. To update your navigator for free, click on its name in the following list: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera.

Character Size

The user can easily modify the size of characters displayed on the site:
• In Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Chrome: press [Ctrl] + [+] to enlarge text and [Ctrl] + [-] to reduce text size
• In other navigators: use [Ctrl] + [keypad or mouse]

Images and Tables

When images are not described in the text that they are illustrating, a textual equivalent can be found by pressing the alt key. For better quality and html compatibility, the site does not use tables for its presentation.


Text is by default in French. Changes of language are signalled using the attribute xml:lang. The principal language of every page is specified in the html attributes xml:lang and lang.


All pages are printable (press the printer icon on the page or File > Print or [CTRL] + [P] on a PC.) The pages have been optimised for print: summaries, and all navigational elements have been removed.

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