Educational initiatives

The visits will be back with the opening of the upcoming exhibitions on June 24th.

The educational program of the Palais de Tokyo provides unique support programs to museum visits, for school groups ranging from Kindergarden classes to university groups, such as “turn-key activities” for school classes and collaborative programs through Educalab, the customized educational laboratory. Artists, exhibitions, cultural policy, history and the building's architecture are so many elements that serve as a starting point to interpretation, analysis and dialog.
Because of the layers of meaning contained in contemporary art works, they stimulate the imagination, creativity and a critical sense. Our educational department is dedicated to emphasizng these qualities.
School group activities are open to all, including students from specialized classes for whom an adapted form of the program will be proposed after a consultation between the educator and the Palais de Tokyo's educational department.
The Palais de Tokyo also offers free training to teachers throughout the school year.
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Activities for high school and university students

Turn-key activities from Kindergarden to University

In correlation with the objectives laid down by the National Education programs, these turn-key complementary formats give educators and teachers a range of resources and learning situations that encourage students to play an active part. Additional material such as workbooks are available to either prepare or prolong the visit from the classroom.

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Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m., or 2:00 p.m.
Duration : 1h15
Admission :
60 € per group (max. 30 participants) or 40 € for specialized classes and education support organisms.

TOK-TOK STORIES FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN Cycle 1 : Kindergarden classes

This activity takes place in two stages: a story is told followed by an exercise in collectively reconstructing the story from inside the exhibition. During the storyteller's narrative, the children are encouraged to wander among the art works and let their imaginations carry them away. Through the story of the adventures of Miss Tok-Tok and a series of colorful characters, the children have a range of elements with which to develop their imagination and incorporate the art into a personal understanding of the exhibition. Through narrative, the pupils can establish connections between the fictional characters and the art surrounding them. The final re-telling of the story allows the children to express the impact of the experience through both physical self-expression and a discussion.

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Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:15 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m.
Duration : 2h
Admission :
80 € per group (max. 30 participants) or 40 € for specialized classes and education support organisms.

TOK-TOK SCHOOL WORKSHOPS Cycles 2 & 3 : Kindergarden to 3rd Grade Classes (Reception to Year 3)

This participative visit, completed by an art workshop, gives pupils the opportunity to try their hand at contemporary art and the range of possibilities it offers, in conjunction with the current exhibitions. Throughout the exchange, the pupils are encouraged to put their feelings into words and express their point of view to the group.

Additionally, this creative workshop allows pupils to develop their artistic sensibility through an individual or collective artistic practice modelled on the artworks that were discovered during their visit.

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Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:15a.m., 10:30a.m., 1:45p.m., 2:00p.m., 3:45p.m. and 4:00p.m.
Duration : 1h30
Admission :
80 € per group (max. 30 participants) or 40 € for specialized classes and education support organisms.


Elementary School, Middle School, High School (Primary, Secondary and College) Levels

Active visits are organized around educational tours through the exhibitions in the Palais de Tokyo. They exist in different formats, depending on the expectations of the educator. They can take the form of a general guided tour, but also concentrate on a chosen theme or on discovering the building itself and its history. Active visits include a short practical exercise (lasting 15 to 20 minutes) which allow each participant to express his feelings, thoughts and creativity.

Higher Education

Depending on the field of study and research, the visit may take place along a series of specific themes: stimulating awareness of contemporary creation, discovering the institution and its mechanisms, its architecture, or highlighting a particular aspect of the program. The visit's particular form is the result of a discussion between the professor, the students and the museum educator. These visits are therefore suited to students from a wide range of disciplines, such as the arts, literature, philosophy but also the sciences (math, physics, etc.).

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Reservations should be made directly with the institution
Duration : 2h
Admission :

PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION SESSIONS Middle School, High School and Higher Education (Secondary , College and University) Levels

The professional orientation sessions aim to present a wide array of cultural professions to the participants.

After a presentation of the institution and an introduction to the current exhibitions – which the participants can then visit on their own – the class will meet a member of staff of the institution and learn more about his job. The exchanges are meant to prompt a better understanding of the cultural professions and help participants in their professional orientation. The teacher or professor determines beforehand which specific sector is to come under focus among the following: exhibition/production, audience management, press/communication, publishing, partnerships/sponsoring.

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Reservations should be made directly with the institution.

PERSPECTIVES Middle School, High School and Higher Education (Secondary , College and University) Levels

The Palais de Tokyo offers a number of thematic programs with the participation of other institutional partners. The goal is to put the specific features of the different cultural centers into perspective in order to compare several points of view and approaches to art.
Several programs are possible and can be organized around a specific exhibition or theme. The Palais de Tokyo collaborates not only with its neighbors, such as the Paris Museum of Modern Art, but also with more removed institutions, working together on themes such as architecture or Kinetic Art.


Educalab : A Customized Educational Laboratory

The more experimental “Educalab” accompanies school groups and children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds over the long-term in a more practical approach.

These extra-curricular programs, constructed on a collaborative model, are designed with the Educational Department and taylored to the specific needs of the teachers, educators and groups in question.

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Monday, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays
Duration: 2 sessions of about 2 hours
Flat-rate for two sessions: 100 €
The specifics of the program are determined in cooperation with the different partners, according to each project.

Extramural EducalabFor school groups and children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds

In order to reach the largest possible audience, nearby and far away, the Palais de Tokyo lays a special focus on developing and building partnerships with external entities that share the same social and educational ambitions around the resources found in contemporary creation.

- EXTRAMURAL PALAIS : A class workshop followed by a visit to the Palais de Tokyo: In order to develop educational projects with schools located in surrounding cities, the Palais de Tokyo has put together an adapted program for extramural activities, enabling pupils to come into contact with contemporary art. Organized into two sessions, this program begins with an art workshop in class led by a museum educator from the Palais de Tokyo. This first session is in preparation for the second one: a visit to the Palais de Tokyo. The theme is chosen among a list compiled by the Palais's team of educators.

- EDUCALAB : Educalab acts as a bridge between Paris and the surrounding region. The Palais de Tokyo is actively engaged in a dynamic exchange with other cities by devising specific support programs created together with the different cultural partners and local communities that make up the diversity of the Ile-de-France region. These educative actions – training for educators, “Perspectives”... – propose a multi-faceted approach to culture that uses public transportation (line C of the RER intercity train), making it possible to discover the many players involved in bringing creative works to their audience (theater, live performance...), such as T2G, CREDAC, the Domaine de Chamarande, the Maréchalerie, the town of Ermont...

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The specifics of the program are determined in cooperation with the different partners, according to each project.

Educalab for Young People

The Palais de Tokyo, with its mission to make art and culture more accessible to all, collaborates regularly with different organisms on projects whose ambitions are many: social harmony, promoting art and cultural education, and supporting young people throughout their education and their projects.

- For young people under judicial mandate : The Palais de Tokyo offers adapted visits and workshops to teenagers aged 14 to 18 years old, placed under judicial mandate. These take place over several sessions and are piloted by artists featured in the current exhibitions.
This program is developed in partnership with the Culture Department of the Ministry of Justice's Youth Protection Agency.
These activities will result in a presentation at the Palais de Tokyo. The participants are involved in the artistic process while investigating the nature of artistic practice and working on verbalizing their thoughts and feelings throughout the project.

- For young people from disadvantaged backgrounds : : In order to reduce the inequalities between different backgrounds, the Palais de Tokyo has chosen to work with a number of socio-cultural organisms.
The institution has developed a number of workshops with specialized educators and content for young people with disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, in order to support them culturally and professionally.
In this context, the Palais de Tokyo works in partnership with the la Fondation Culture et Diversitéfor pupils participating in the foundation's "Égalité des Chances" program.
These workshops aim to contribute to enhancing their personal artistic culture, give them opportunities to explore the exhbitions and learn more about how the Palais de Tokyo is organized and who its players are.
Furthermore, in collaboration with the association Citoyenneté Jeunesse, the Palais de Tokyo works with schools and other establishments in Seine-Saint-Denis that are involved in educational and cultural projects that strive to place art and artists at the heart of a general outlook on the world, to convey the values of citizenship and “liberté, égalité, fraternité” while stimulating participants' critical sense and emotional maturity.


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