The Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection’s Commitment

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The Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection’s Commitment

The question of social and environmental responsibility played an important role in the Pinault Collections’ considerations and choices for the restoration and transformation of the Bourse de Commerce building, as well as in the conception and implementation of the cultural project for the new museum.

Specific attention to accessibility and inclusion

One of the ambitions when transforming the Bourse de Commerce building into a museum dedicated to contemporary art was to create a space open to everyone, suitable for visitors with reduced mobility and those with visual or hearing impairments. Going beyond the regulatory obligations, the project was based on the “accessibility aspect” of the HQE™ BD 2016 certification and the requirements of the accessibility label developed by Certivéa.

There are still certain constraints due to the demands of preserving a historic monument, parts of which are classified. But despite these obligations, today the Bourse de Commerce building offers the best accessibility possible to all its visitors.

To facilitate visits for people with disabilities, we offer assistance and dedicated equipment. They can view the accessibility booklet here and contact the teams that are always available to help prepare their visit ( This team is trained to welcome every visitor with all the necessary care and benevolence, respecting differences and disabilities.

Our presentations are designed around three types of actions to include every audience and to share knowledge and “universally accessible” experiences:

  • Decompartmentalising visitor categories so that formats designed for people with disabilities (physical, psychological or social) benefit everyone; for example, visits that make use of the art of description are designed for people with or without visual impairments;
  • Paying equal attention to audiences familiar with museums and those more “intimidated” by these institutions, and particularly by contemporary art;
  • Designing and organising visits and workshops around environmentally responsible practices.


A pro-active approach to sustainable development

The Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection has adopted a committed sustainable development approach. This commitment was first translated into the construction project: systematically preferring solutions offering a better energy performance for the building, particularly in the restoration of the oak window frames fitted with double glazing and the double glazing on the central dome, the complete renovation of the roof and its insulation, harvesting rain water for toilet flushing, the installation of dual flow ventilation systems that limit heat loss.

Thanks to these efforts, the Bourse de Commerce obtained the HQETM Bâtiment Durable 2016 Excellent level certification and a second certification, BREEAM® IRFO 2015, is being processed.

This commitment continues in the operation of the building; the Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection and its partners have actively sought to contribute to reducing the project’s environmental impact. The museum is delighted to work with the chefs Michel and Sébastien Bras, pioneers of responsible cuisine, inspired by nature.


A commitment to solidarity with “underserved” audiences

The Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection has developed mediation projects for audiences the least familiar with museums and contemporary art. This programme is based largely on partnerships, some of which began even before the museum opened, with a desire to make them long-term projects, and to thus create a “familiarity” with the museum and its teams.

These partnerships primarily target local audiences, students and young working people, and audiences from disadvantaged groups; they are generally co-designed with experienced intermediaries already working in the field (educators, teachers, Maison des jeunes, associations…) in order to better adapt to the specific needs of these audiences (social vulnerability, volatility…).

They favour a transdisciplinary approach (dance, dramatic art, music…) and deal with themes relevant to the issues these audiences face (eloquence, artistic professions, the creation process, architecture…).