Ensuring the accommodation and participation of people with disabilities is a core commitment of the Philharmonie de Paris project. A dedicated online space for disabled visitors will be available as from spring 2015, but in the meantime, here is an overview of the Philharmonie activities that are accessible to everyone.
Concerts and Shows
Reserved seating for patrons in wheelchairs is available in all of the concert halls at the Philharmonie de Paris. When reserving tickets, blind and partially-sighted visitorscan request seating as close as possible to the stage. They can also specify whether they would like to be escorted to their seat on the day of the event. On request in advance, the programme for the event in Word format can be sent several days before the concert. The Symphonic Hall (Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie) is equipped with a high-frequency antenna.
Family concerts and shows are particularly well-suited to spectators with attention deficits. These matinee events last around one hour and are designed to introduce audiences of every age to the classical or contemporary repertory. An off-site workshop can also be organised in preparation for certain concerts.
To see the programme of upcoming concerts, consult our online events calendar.
Since its opening in 1997, the Museum of Music has been strongly committed to ensuring that all of its activities are accessible to everyone. The Museum was presented with the Ministry of Culture and Communication's 'Heritage for All' Award in 2013.
All areas of the Museum are accessible to reduced-mobility visitors. Wheelchairs and stick-seats can be borrowed at the cloakroom. Guide dogs are welcome throughout the Museum.
The 'Touch Music' visit
In the permanent collection space, the Museum offers an interactive visit featuring five instruments that visitors can touch. These family-friendly modules are fully accessible to visitors with disabilities, providing a multi-sensory approach to the instruments.
This visit has received funding from the Orange Foundation, Fonds Handicaps & Société, and Fondation France Télévisions.
Blind and partially-sighted visitors can follow an audio-touch itinerary of raised images with accompanying music and audio descriptions, and a booklet in Braille and large print. It is recommended to be accompanied for the Museum visit.
Deaf and hard of hearing visitors can borrow hearing loops compatible with the free audio guides. All Museum videos are sub-titled in French.
For self-guided visits, admission to the Museum is free of charge for disabled persons and the person accompanying them. To best accommodate groups with special needs, we ask that you contact the Reservations service at +33 (0)1 44 84 44 84 to organise your visit in advance.
Most of the guided tours of the Museum and the temporary exhibitions – workshop tours, storytelling tours, discovery tours, etc. – can be adapted for patrons with disabilities. The tour guides are trained and attentive to visitors' needs.
Individual patrons are invited to join tours for the general public on weekends and during school holidays. Audiophones compatible with a hearing loop system amplify the tour guide’s speech and the musical pieces (on request at the time of reservation).
To ensure the best possible accommodation of disabled visitors, prior registration is required for guided tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information, please contact email@example.com
Guided tours specially designed for groups of disabled patrons are offered from Tuesday to Saturday morning (subject to availability): descriptive tours touch tours, lip reading tours, and adapted tours for visitors with learning difficulties, etc.
The 'Sound & Vibrations' workshop tour, for example, was created for deaf and hard of hearing groups. It uses a vibrating chair and sound visualisation software to offer a visual and audio exploration of musical instruments.
Musical practice workshops
Most of the musical practice workshops at the Philharmonie de Paris can be adapted for groups of disabled visitors from medical-educational centres, industrial rehabilitation centres and day hospitals.
To best meet the needs of each group, the educational staff at the Philharmonie de Paris will need to speak with the competent persons at establishments interested in organising an activity before the reservation can be made. Training days for specialised educators, caregivers, nurses and other people who generally accompany the group can be organised on request.
Reservations: +33 (0)1 44 84 44 84
Prices for disabled patrons:
- Concerts: 20% discount for adults and 30% groups of children and youth
- Family concerts and shows: €5.60 per person (free for the accompanying person)
- Self-guided visits of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions: free for disabled patrons and the person accompanying them
- Guided tours for individuals: €5 for disabled patrons and the person accompanying them
- Guided tours for groups: €60 for the entire group
- Educational activities (individuals): 15% discount
- Musical practice session (groups): €60 (1 or 2 hours) / €90 (3 hours)
To see all Philharmonie de Paris prices, click here.
Parking places for the disabled (GIC-GIG) are available in both Philharmonie de Paris parking facilities, both equipped with lifts.
- Philharmonie parking facility: 15 parking places on levels -1 and -2
- Cité de la musique parking facility: 10 parking places on levels -2 and -3
For the Philharmonie opening hours and access information, click here.