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Founded in 1864, la Monnaie de Paris has been attached to the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry since September 1976. Its head office is located at 11, quai de Conti 75006 Paris.
It became a French Public Industrial and Commercial Institution (known in French as an “EPIC”) as a result of the French Finance Act of 21 December 2006.
It performs a public service mission of minting current euros for France and foreign currencies.
It manufactures and sells collectors coins, medals, official decorations, tourist medals, jewellery and artists’ renderings.
Its missions are to preserve, protect and present its historical collections to the public, as well as to produce, present and promote French and international contemporary artistic creation.

La Monnaie de Paris is present on two sites: at its art workshops, located on the Quai de Conti, a former royal factory built in 1775, and at its Pessac en Gironde factory, built in 1973. La Monnaie de Paris performs a public service mission while implementing a commercial approach.

General provisions

2.1  The Rules, hereinafter referred to as the “Rules”, are communicated to Visitors by a display at the entrance to 11, Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris, as well as on the Internet site of la Monnaie de Paris:

2.2. The Rules are applicable in their entirety to Visitors to the exhibitions on the site located at 11 Quai de Conti 75006 Paris de la Monnaie de Paris (hereinafter referred to as the “Institution”), as well as:

  • to those persons or groups authorised to use certain premises for meetings, receptions, conferences, concerts, shows and a variety of other events;
  • to any person outside the EPIC and present at the Institution, including for professional purposes.

hereinafter referred to jointly as the “Visitors”.

Visitors are expected at all times to comply with the provisions of the Rules, as well as with the instructions given by the site’s reception and surveillance agents.

2.3  The employees of la Monnaie de Paris and the reception and security employees are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Rules.

2.4  La Monnaie de Paris cannot be held liable for accidents resulting from a violation of the Rules.

2.5  Non-compliance with the Rules’ provisions shall expose violators to expulsion from the Institution and, if applicable, to the initiation of legal proceedings against them.

2.6 In the event of a violation subject to criminal penalties (theft, deterioration or destruction of equipment, computer fraud, infringement, etc.), la Monnaie de Paris reserves the right to file a complaint.

2.7  All Visitors are asked to point out any suspicious moving or removal of a work. In accordance with Article R. 642-1 of the French Criminal Code [Code Pénal], any visitor who is asked to do so is required to provide assistance to the museum’s employees.

2.8  La Monnaie de Paris reserves the right to refuse entry to or to have expelled any Visitor whose demeanour, behaviour and/or comments harm the image, serenity or security of the Institution and/or of the Participants and/or of the integrity of the site..

2.9 La Monnaie de Paris reserves the right to take decisions on all situations not covered by the Rules and to insert new, immediately applicable, provisions.

Welcoming of Visitors

3.1. Opening hours can be consulted on the Internet site of la Monnaie de Paris:

3.2  The temporary exhibition areas are reserved from 9 am to 11 am, for only those groups that have made a reservation.

3.3  The sale of tickets is suspended 30 minutes prior to the effective closing of the temporary exhibition areas, i.e. at 6:30 pm every day, except Thursday, when these areas will be closed at 9:30 pm.

3.4  Exceptional events can be held by la Monnaie de Paris after normal closing hours. In this case, special measures will be taken to evacuate the public.

3.5  Room evacuation measures are taken approximately 15 minutes before closing, based on the location of the rooms in relation to the main exit.

3.6  La Monnaie de Paris reserves the right, exceptionally, to close exhibition areas to the public. In this case, the closing dates are defined beforehand in the schedule available on the Internet site of la Monnaie de Paris:

3.7  The entrances to temporary exhibits are subject to the pricing conditions stipulated by la Monnaie de Paris and communicated on its Internet website and on site. A Visitor’s ticket must be checked in order for said Visitor to be able to enter the temporary exhibit areas.

3.8  If the maximum number of simultaneous visitors authorised by applicable regulations has been reached, the Security Department of la Monnaie de Paris shall organise queues outside and inside the building. All visitors are concerned by this provision, including those persons who hold no-queue tickets.

3.9 Entry to the Institution is prohibited:

  • to bicycles (children/adults), motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, rollerblades, scooters and skateboards.
  • to vehicles (cars and/or lorries), with the exception of those holding a special authorisation.
  • to baby carriages, with the exception of folding strollers. If large crowds are present, la Monnaie de Paris reserves the right to ask Visitors to leave their strollers in the cloakroom.
  • to suitcases and large capacity bags (travel bags, sport bags, backpacks etc.)

3.10  Wheelchairs are authorised (with the exception of those using inflammable fuel) as are folding strollers.

3.11  Entry to the exhibition rooms is conditional on the mandatory storage of the following objects in the conditions defined in Articles 3.13 to 3.17 of the Rules:

  • backpacks, back-mounted baby carriers, shopping bags, motorcycle helmets,
  • umbrellas and walking sticks that cannot be kept folded in a piece of clothing or in a bag,
  • feet and flashes for cameras and photographic devices,
  • perishable products.

The following are authorised in the exhibition rooms:

  • small backpacks, insofar as these are carried by hand,
  • umbrellas and walking sticks if they have a tip and are used by seniors or by people having reduced mobility.

3.12 It is prohibited to bring the following into the Institution:

  • weapons and munitions, or sharp objects that can injure, such as craft knives, paper cutters, knives, or sharp scissors,
  • explosives, or inflammable or volatile substances (it is prohibited to inflate balloons or other objects using a gas that is lighter than air, such as helium), or combustive, toxic, infectious, corrosive or smoke-producing substances,
  • dangerous, heavy or bulky objects that could cause any nuisance for the other Visitors or entail a danger for the exhibitions and, in general, all bulky or dangerous objects
  • animals, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind, or dogs accompanying persons holding a disablement card in accordance with Articles L. 241-3 and R. 241-22 of the French Social Action and Family Code [Code l’action sociale et des familles].

 3.13  A cloakroom is made available free of charge to visitors in order to store clothing and bags. A numbered ticket is given to each person who leaves objects in the cloakroom. If these tickets are lost, users cannot recover the objects stored prior to closing, unless they are able to prove ownership of the object stored.

3.14  Cloakroom personnel will accept objects for storage as long as the cloakroom’s storage capacity has not been exceeded and they can temporarily turn down a storage request during an especially busy period.

3.15  For reasons of security and hygiene, acceptance of a bag or a package can be conditional on the visitor opening his or her bag or package.

3.16  The following must not be left in the cloakroom:

  • cash,
  • identity papers,
  • chequebooks and credit cards,
  • valuables, notably, jewellery, photographic devices, cameras, tablets, computers and telephones,
  • bags, objects and baggage exceeding the following dimensions: 55 x 35 x 25cm.

Objects stored in the cloakroom in violation of the provisions of this Article shall be stored at the risk of the visitor storing said objects.

3.17  Those personal effects and objects not retrieved by closing time shall be kept available in the same conditions as those indicated in Article 5.10 of these Rules.

Provisions governing groups and workshops

4.1  Only groups that have made a reservation are considered as formal groups.

4.2  Group visits can take place during the hours mentioned in Article 3.2 or outside these hours in accordance with the conditions stipulated by la Monnaie de Paris. No group can exceed 30 people in the exhibition areas.

4.3  Visits are only authorised if the group’s members are continually monitored by:

  • a person who is responsible for and is also a member of the group, in the case of 8 children below age 6,
  • a person who is responsible for and is also a member of the group, in the case of 12 children age 6 and older

Groups are authorised to split into smaller groups, insofar as these satisfy the above-mentioned conditions
Under no circumstances can the presence of one or more accompanying persons from  la Monnaie de Paris dispense with the requirement for this person who is responsible for the group to be present.

4.4  Parents or accompanying persons leaving the exhibition area during the teaching workshops reserved for young individual visitors must fill out the liaison sheet.

Calm, the security of property and the works and personal safety

5.1  Visitors are asked not to create, as a result of their demeanour, behaviour or comments, any disturbance whatsoever to the smooth functioning of the exhibitions and visits to the exhibitions and to follow the Rules, as well as the instructions given by the employees of la Monnaie de Paris.

5.2 In particular, it is prohibited to:

  • touch the works or decorations, lean against the walls or on the parts of the exhibition, or to take any action that can harm the integrity of the works (however, individual derogations can be granted by the Chairman and Managing Director of the public institution la Monnaie de Paris to blind or partially sighted people),
  • lean against windows, bases and other items used for presentation purposes,
  • designate the works using objects that could cause damage, for example, pencils or other writing instruments, walking sticks, objects of any type used by the guides to guide their groups, etc.,
  • smoke, inhale or exhale e-cigarettes, or eat or drink
  • use mobile telephones other than in silent mode and behave in a manner that is disrespectful to others while using said telephones;
  • engage, without authorisation, in any selling, publicity, search, propaganda, investigation, survey or solicitation,
  • organise any demonstration and show whatsoever, without having first obtained the  authorisation of la Monnaie de Paris,
  • organise guided visits without having obtained an authorisation to do so from la Monnaie de Paris,
  • spit on the ground or on the walls, throw on the ground, or leave, leaflets, waste or rubbish, write on or put graffiti of any type whatsoever on the ground or walls, run, slide, push or climb, or carry minors on one’s shoulders,
  • abandon, even for a few moments, personal objects and leave minors unattended,
  • use folding seats and folding seat canes and move the seats or the furniture without the  authorisation of the reception and surveillance employees,
  • handle theft alarm systems or any other electronic communications system or other system reserved for employees,
  • handle an alarm box or any emergency equipment (such as an extinguisher or a fire hose value) without having a reason to do so,
  • disturb the other visitors by any noisy act, in particular, by listening to devices that disseminate music or sounds
  • enter the premises in a state of inebriation
  • cross the lines intended to hold back the public, and, except in the case of an incident, to use the emergency exits, use entrances that are not authorised and that are marked as such, and enter areas undergoing work.

5.3  Visitors are liable for the damages they cause due to their own acts, as well as for the damages caused by the act or fault of persons for whom they are responsible, notably, minors. Accordingly, they shall ensure compliance with the Rules.

5.4  La Monnaie de Paris can take any security measure required by the circumstances, notably, the setting up of visual checks of bags and packages at the entrance to the Institution. As part of France’s “Vigipirate” [anti-terrorism] plan and heightened protection measures in response to an established threat, la Monnaie de Paris can set up an additional check using equipment (such as, notably, hand-held magnetometers, walk-through detectors and scanners)

5.5  The security employees may, at any time, ask visitors to open their bags, pouches and other packages and show the contents thereof at the entrance or the exit, as well as at any other place in the site during random checks.

5.6  An abandoned, potentially dangerous object will be handled appropriately, jointly with the Police authorities; this handling may go so far as the destruction of the object in question.

5.7  Clothing intended to conceal the face and that makes it impossible to identify the person is prohibited in accordance with French Act No. 2010-1192 of 11 October 2010 (hood, motorcycle helmet, mask, full veil, and, more generally, any accessory or clothing that conceals the face, whether alone, or when combined with other items), save for the exceptions listed in Article 2 of this Act, if the clothing is recommended or authorised by laws or regulations, if it is justified by reasons of health or on professional grounds, or if it is used to engage in sports, parties or artistic or traditional events.

5.8  La Monnaie de Paris is equipped with a video-surveillance system in accordance with the provisions of the French Act 95-73 of 21 January 1995. For any matter regarding the functioning of the video-surveillance equipment, please contact the head of the Security Department of la Monnaie de Paris on 01 40 46 56 06, with whom you can also exercise your right of access, in accordance with French Act No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 regarding Data Processing, Files and Freedoms, amended by the Act of 6 August 2004.

5.9 La Monnaie de Paris waives any liability in the event of loss, theft or damage to the personal property of Visitors. In the event of a violation, the Visitors in question should file a complaint at a police station.

5.10  The objects found must be handed over to a member of security, to be left at Reception. Said objects shall be kept available to their owners during 7 (seven) days. Thereafter, said objects shall be handed over to the Lost and Found Department of the Préfecture de Police -36 Rue des Morillons - 75015 Paris – 08 21 00 25 25.

5.11  Any lost child must be left with a security agent, or in the absence of a security agent, with the Institution’s Reception employees.

Emergency situation

6.1  Visitors contribute to security by notifying the closest reception agent or surveillance agent of any accident, incident or abnormal event. If, among the Visitors, a doctor, nurse or first aid worker intervenes in such a situation, said person must be able to present his/her professional card to the surveillance or reception agent and must stay with the person who is sick or injured until said person has been evacuated. Any person providing assistance shall be asked to leave his/her name and address with the surveillance or reception agent present on the premises.

6.2  In the presence of a situation that could compromise personal safety and property security, alert measures can be taken that include, notably, the full or partial closing of an area and a check of the exits. Users are required to follow the instructions given by the security employees and the persons responsible for evacuation.

6.3 If the evacuation of the building is made necessary, the building is evacuated in an orderly, disciplined manner under the supervision of the Institution.

6.4 All or part of the Institution can be closed if the number of persons present is excessive, or if there are disturbances or strikes, or in any situation that could compromise personal safety or property security.
The compensation conditions are indicated in the standard terms of sale.
If the cloakroom is closed, personal objects can be recovered in accordance with the  instructions given by the employees of la Monnaie de Paris.

Taking photographs and making recordings

7.1  In the absence of signs to the contrary displayed in the exhibition areas (a sign prohibiting these), Visitors can take photographs and make films and sound recordings under certain conditions:

  • visitors must not use feet or flashes,
  • the taking of photographs and the making of films and sound recordings must take place for strictly private purposes. Visitors can share and disseminate their photos and/or videos on the Internet and social networks in a manner consistent with laws in force.
  • under no circumstances is the commercial exploitation of the taking of photographs or making of films and sound recordings authorised, the dissemination of which must, in all cases, take place free of charge

For certain exhibitions, the taking of photographs and the making of films and sound recordings are prohibited. This prohibition can result from the absence of consent from the artist who holds the intellectual property rights on the works or from the artist’s beneficiary’s, as well as the specific requirements associated with the security or preservation of the works, or the successful organisation of the exhibition. This will be indicated by an appropriate sign at the entrance to the rooms or near the works.

7.2  In general, it is prohibited to take up-close photographs of a visitor or of a staff member of la Monnaie de Paris without said person’s explicit consent. La Monnaie de Paris waives all liability vis-à-vis third parties in the event of a violation of these provisions.      

7.3  Visitors are solely responsible for the content disseminated by them. La Monnaie de Paris waives all liability in this connection. La Monnaie de Paris reserves the right to initiate legal proceedings in the event of a violation of these provisions.

7.4 Hand-drawn sketches are authorised insofar as their authors do not impede the movement of Visitors. However, this authorisation shall only be valid if the sketches are exploited exclusively in a private manner.

7.5  Exceptional derogations motivated by educational actions or professional or research work can be granted upon written request sent to:

Monnaie de Paris - Direction de la Communication - 11 quai de Conti - 75006 Paris - presse@monnaiedeparis.