The Petite Galerie du Louvre
A major educational program, accessible to all.
The Petite Galerie is a permanent exhibition space in the heart of the museum, open to all, and particularly geared toward families, schoolchildren, and disadvantaged audiences. Designed to provide keys to understanding the museum, over ten months of each year, the Petite Galerie offers a multidisciplinary exhibition on a broad art historical theme. The short, simple experience presents original artworks, with adapted interpretation. Guided tours and workshops for families round out the initiative, alongside cultural programming in the auditorium. Experimental and ever-changing, the Petite Galerie project is gaining ground with each new edition.
Archaeology Goes Graphic
For its fourth season, the Petite Galerie is delving into the archaeological adventure, a theme at the very heart of the making of the Louvre’s collections. Open to arts other than those presented at the Louvre, the Petite Galerie will explore this discipline with a spotlight on graphic novels.
Beyond the walls: digital experience and touring Petite Galerie
For those who can’t make it to the museum, or to help prepare and extend a visit, the Petite Galerie’s online multimedia presence offers a virtual visit and a number of educational resources. The dedicated website is designed as a toolbox for teachers and families.
The Petite Galerie also has a touring counterpart for encounters with audiences beyond the museum’s walls, thanks to an exhibition of reproductions of artworks. The Petite Galerie has been installed in several sites in the Paris region, including Groupe PSA’s factories in Saint-Ouen and Poissy; a community health center in Claye-Souilly; Université Paris-Est Créteil; and the O’Parinor shopping center in Aulnay-sous-Bois.
A privileged space to welcome visitors with disabilities
The Petite Galerie space, fully accessible for individuals with reduced mobility, also offers interpretive features for visitors with disabilities. For example, tactile ground surface indicators are installed for blind and visually impaired visitors, and a tactile booklet, as well as audio-described and sign language tours, are available.
Spotlight on sponsors all year round
As one of the museum’s emblematic projects in terms of art education and cultural outreach, the Petite Galerie is highly visible. The Louvre provides ongoing communication on the space, within the museum (eight million annual visitors) and on an array of materials including poster campaigns, banners, diverse media, and with the touring Petite Galerie. Onsite, each Petite Galerie exhibition draws 160,000 visitors, on average.
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