Carnavalet Museum

Definition of the mediation devices for the permanent exhibition at the Carnavalet Museum

2018 - In progress

Located in a distinctive 17th-century hotel, the Carnavalet Museum has been undergoing renovations since 2016. The museum stands out for its collections on the history of Paris, providing unique insight into the history of the capital and its inhabitants.

The goal of the renovation project is to reshape the museum’s architecture, to modernize the museography by creating a new, more chronological exhibition tour, to create new logistics areas and spaces for events, restaurants as well as a heritage and cultural research and resource center.

Paris Musées brought Reciproque on board to help the Carnavalet Museum team define and program the mediation devices for the new permanent exhibition. These devices must clearly respond to the objectives set out in the museum’s mediation policy as well as to the scenographic proposals designed by Agence Nathalie Crinière.

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Reciproque drafted the mediation blueprint which specifies the tour guidelines for each target audience and defines a mediation material typology, the principles of the content editorial charter, and the project’s methodology in terms of delivery, the action plan for the budget and the timeline.

For each exhibition room, Reciproque is drafting a fact sheet to describe the mediation methods as well as the devices and programs to be incorporated into the permanent collections exhibition, in order to lay down the technical mediation program. Each device can then be designed and addressed by the project management teams according to a coherent, detailed framework.

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Project team
François Forge
Anne Prugnon
Sébastien Cotte
Marion Bahy-Baril
see also
The Méliès Museum (2018) Cinémathèque française
West Mezzanine (2018) Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Carré Janson (2019) Ville de Tournai