the museum will open exceptionally on                                                        Monday 22 and 29 December 2008 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

free activities within the limit of available places
with the exception of the show Ninioq

Grand Nord schedule of activities
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

skating rink (from 6 years of age)
access to the skating rink and the loan of skates is free
the use of personal skates is not allowed

christmas holidays at the musée quai Branly

Winter garden, Christmas in the Far North

Ice garden

Made of three poles, environment, ice and frost, this ice garden draws visitors into a whirlwind of festive activities as well as informing them of issues surrounding the protection of the environment.


from Thursday 18 December to Sunday 18 January 2009
in the museum garden

Environment pole

On the occasion of  the UNESCO 2008, International year of Planet Earth and the 4th International Polar Year, the museum is mobilised and has set up a play circuit in the garden. This circuit and panels, with several stops, will increase children’s awareness of issues relating to global warming.

Ice pole

For the Christmas holidays, the museum has innovated and invited families to come and relax on the skating rink in the theatre of greenery. Children, under the watchful eye of their parents, can discover the joys of skating...

Frost pole

Made up of an igloo and an Ice bar, the frost area is at the centre of the activities organised from 26 December to 3 January for the “Far North” event.
Here you can drink the Inuit tea offered to visitors, who are then invited to discover arctic tales and Inuit culture introduction workshops...

At night, the Ice Garden turns into an Ice Bar to warm you up in the cold winter evenings.

Inuktitut garden

For the Christmas holidays, the museum invites children and parents to meet in front of the igloo for an introduction to Arctic cultures.


From Friday 26 December to Saturday 3 January 2009
write yourself down at the igloo half an hour before the beginning of the workshop.

jeu de ficelle © Fonds Inuksuk/Espace culturel inuit
jeu de ficelle © Fonds Inuksuk/Espace culturel inuit

Inuit string games workshop

Learn how to make images of the North such as dog sleighs, harpoons and tents with just a bit of string and some imagination!

30 mins
families – children from age 8
on 26, 27 and 28 December at 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm and 5 pm

Inuit story telling, games and songs workshop.

Delve into the Inuit universe. Discover the Inuit way of life through a few common objects, the way the Inuit perceive their environment, learn the games and songs played and sang by adults and children alike in the Arctic.

45 mins
for children from age 3 to 8, on 28 December at 11.30am and 30 December at 2.30pm
for children from age 6, on 29, 30 and 31 December at 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Introduction to Inuit writing workshop

With the help of a teaching booklet the Inuksuk association will introduce you to Inuit writing. A fun discovery of a written language used in the Canadian Arctic since the XIXth century that has now become a symbol of identity.

45 mins
families – children from age 8
on 1, 2 and 3 January at 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 5.30

Introduction to the Inuit language workshop

The Inuksuk association offers introductions to the Arctic Inuit language for adults through an immersion in the Upside Down, the Arctic Regions exhibition.

on 26 and 27 December, 1 and 3 January at 6.30pm

Upside down, the Artic regions

See a different side of the exhibition!


From Saturday 20 December to Sunday 4 January, meet on the icecap in the heart of Paris, for a journey from Alaska to Siberia that will involve all your senses.

Speakers in the exhibition

Two speakers will be present to help visitors explore and answer their questions every day during the school holidays.

All ages
every day from 2pm to 6 pm, from 20 December 2008 to 4 January 2009.

© musée du quai Branly, photo Philippe Noisette
© musée du quai Branly, photo Philippe Noisette

« Arctic » tales cycle

A whirlwind of stories from Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Siberia...
With storytellers Nathalie Krajcik and Dominique Hoff.

All ages
Starting from the Igloo on the hour from 31 December, 1, 2 and 3 January 2009, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm

conferences cycle

Visit the Arctic through the museum’s collection

Conference open to the public, chaired by Gwenaëlle Guigon, head of research in the Arctic collections and scientific archives.

All welcome
Saturday 27 December at 3.30 (lasts 1h), cinema

Permanent ice on the Arctic Ocean – conference with Pierre Taverniers

The J. Kerchache Reading room hosts a conference on climate change and its impact on the Inuit.

All welcome / LSF
Friday 2 January 2009 at 7 pm (lasts 1h), J. Kerchache reading room

Siberian Shamanism – conference with Bernard Saladin d’Anglure

The J. Kerchache hosts a conference with the specialist on Siberian Shamanism.

All welcome / LSF,
Saturday 3 January at 4pm (lasts 1h), J. Kerchache reading room


© Sabrina Lesert
© Sabrina Lesert

Initiation voyage in Inuit land
Play of shadows and objects by the Par Les Villages company


from Friday 26 to Wednesday 31 December 2008

Ninioq, an adaptation of the arctic novel Before Tomorrow, by Danish author Jorn Riel, tells the harrowing and dramatic story of an Inuit grandmother, Ninioq, who, isolated with her grandson Manik on an island to the North East of Greenland to dry fish after a miraculous catch. The tribe is late coming to get them. Ninioq and Manik return to the village to find that it has been wiped out. All alone, Ninioq initiates the young child to the dangers of life on the icecap and passes on a peoples’ heritage. However the grandmother and her grandson cannot survive and die in the middle of winter.

In a mineral and intimate setting, the Par les Villages company transmits this deeply moving tale of initiation with great finesse.

families – children from age 8
full price 8 €, concessions 6 €, group price 6 €
Claude Lévi-Strauss theatre

2 shows on 26, 27 and 28 December at 2.30 and 5.30
1 show on 29, 30 and 31 December at 2.30


© Philippe Le Goff
© Philippe Le Goff

Light and sound exhibition
immersing the senses into the heart of the Arctic world


From Friday 26 to Wednesday 31 December 2008

Sila is an immersion into the Canadian North, Philippe Le Goff’s favourite haunt. The composer took pictures and created sound landscapes shown here as an installation.
Comfortable in a white cocoon, the public is immersed in the sounds of the icecap and discovers the magical pictures of the Inuit world, with its open, natural spaces, fauna, monochrome and blue camaieu.

30 mins
all welcome – children from age 4
theatre foyer

26 and 27 December at 11.30am, 12.30, 1.30pm, 4pm, 7.30pm and 8 pm
28 December at 11.30am, 12.30, 1.30pm and 4pm
29, 30 and 31 December at 11.30am, 12.30, 1.30pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm

A certain Russian cinema

la salle de cinéma du musée © musée du quai Branly photo Nicolas Borel
la salle de cinéma du musée © musée du quai Branly photo Nicolas Borel

from Friday 26 to Wednesday 31 December 2008


The ethnologist and director Stéphane Breton has organised a retrospective of non-fiction Russian documentary cinema by Alexandre Sokourov, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Viktor Kossakovsky, and Sergey Loznitsa.

15 films shown in the cinema
detailed programme pending

Installation de Lourdes Grobet

installation by Lourdes Grobet

© photo Lourdes Grobet « Equilibrium and Resistance », musée du quai Branly, 2008
© photo Lourdes Grobet « Equilibrium and Resistance », musée du quai Branly, 2008

Equilibrium and resistance

from Monday 22 December to Saturday 10 January 2009

The musée du quai Branly allows you to discover, in a world premiere, the installation Equilibrium and Resistance by the Mexican photographer Lourdes Grobet.

This multi-discipline project that features videos, photos and a sound installation on the Bering Straight was created with the support of the Musée du Quai Branly, in the framework of artistic projects under the patronage of TOTAL.

All welcome
theatre foyer – free access subject to availability

Lourdes Grobet, « Fluxus » (still), Equilibre et Résistance © musée du quai Branly, 2008
Lourdes Grobet, « Fluxus » (still), Equilibre et Résistance © musée du quai Branly, 2008