For schools, the Louis Braille Museum is a wonderful place to visit, because it lets the students discover the remarkable story of a child who overcame a disability and made history with his invention.
Visiting the museum lets educators address the bigger issues of disability and integrating people with disabilities into society.
The visitors’ circuit covers three exhibition spaces: the common room ("salle commune") where Louis Braille was born, the father's workshop where the accident that caused little Louis to lose his sight happened, and Louis Braille's bedroom which is dedicated to the Braille system.
This one-hour tour can be enhanced by a discovery of the Garden of the Five Senses, and be completed with a hands-on workshop about Braille writing or a workshop featuring the five senses.
Last but not least, a walking tour of the village can be organized, in the footsteps of Louis Braille.
An educational pack that develops these themes in greater detail is available and will help you prepare your visit to the house where Louis Braille was born.
Booking your visit
All school visits must be booked by the reservation department by email or by phone.
Visits are always carried out in the presence of a school official who ensures compliance with visit and safety instructions. He also oversees the discipline of the group.
Students must be supervised by teachers and accompanying persons throughout the visit and must never be left unattended.
Groups are the responsibility of the teacher.
These guides also ensure respect for the premises, the objects in the collection and the museum staff.
The museum mediator who accompanies and guides the group is not in charge of the discipline.
Procedure of the visit
Before entering the museum:
Due to the Vigipirate plan, the control and security rules at the entrance to the museum have been tightened.
Where possible, students should leave their personal belongings on the bus.
Students are not allowed to enter the exhibition spaces with their bags. They must therefore deposit their belongings in dedicated places.
Keep students waiting in the museum courtyard while an adult comes to the museum reception to prepare for the visit.
Rules of life in the museum and during the visit
Photographs are allowed in the museum without a flash: the light from the flash damages the objects.
For safety and conservation reasons, it is forbidden to drink, eat, run and touch objects, except for the devices provided for this purpose during the visit.
Be careful not to speak while the guide is leading the tour so as not to hinder other group members and the smooth running of the tour.
Download "la charte de bonne conduite" (pdf)