Dauphine Students become museum docents-for-a-day during European Museum Night

07.07.2017

96 Dauphine Bachelor's students volunteered as museum docents in some of Paris and Île-de-France's most prestigious museums for this year's May 20th European Museum Night.

European Museum Night attracts over 2 million visitors a year in France and the capital's major museums are among the event's most popular. This year, 96 Dauphine Bachelor's students volunteered to welcome and assist visitors to three of those museums:

  • Grand Palais with 3 exhibitions: RODIN, JARDINS and JOYAUX
  • Musée d'Archéologie nationale (National Museum of Antiquities) in Saint-Germain-en-Laye that houses one of Europe's premier archeological collections from the Paleolithic ear to Merovingian Gaul

At the Jardin du Luxembourg museum responsible for a photography exhibition hung on the gates all around the garden: JARDINS EXTRAORDINAIRES, DU JARDIN À L’ART DU JARDIN    

A unique experience   Dauphine Students who volunteer for the initiative are trained by partner-museum curators and lecturers to prepare them for presenting museum works to visitors - a unique opportunity for students in economics and management! They learn to share their newly acquired knowledge with visitors of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.  

The student docent-cultural mediation initiative is made possible thanks to a partnership initiatied in 2010 between Fondation Dauphine and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais (RMN-GP). It also builds on Professor Pierre Maclouf's Contemporary Issues course, mandatory for all 2nd year Dauphine Bachelor's students.