PARIS, France and BERKELEY, Calif.—The Centre Pompidou announced that color blind visitors are now able to borrow EnChroma glasses for color blindness during visits to the iconic museum. The Centre Pompidou is internationally renowned for its collection of modern and contemporary art totaling over 120,000 works—the most extensive in Europe. Special optical filters in EnChroma glasses help color blind people perceive a wider range of colors and to see them more vividly and distinctly. Of Centre Pompidou's approximately three million annual visitors, EnChroma estimates that about 128,000 are color blind.

“Always concerned with offering the best visitor experience to all audiences, the Centre Pompidou is delighted to offer people with color blindness the possibility of trying EnChroma glasses, a very innovative device in the museum sector,” said David Cascaro, director of the Public Division, Centre Pompidou.
"We are thrilled that one of the world’s foremost visionaries in arts and culture—the Centre Pompidou—is demonstrating its commitment to accessibility and inclusion for those with color vision deficiencies by loaning EnChroma glasses to guests," remarked Erik Ritchie, CEO of EnChroma. "Their example will generate more awareness for the prevalence and effects of color blindness, inspire other museums and organizations to follow their lead, and ultimately expand opportunities for color blind people to more fully experience colorful, iconic artwork like never before.”
The Centre Pompidou is the first museum in France to support the needs of color blind guests via the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program. The program already helps color blind people at nearly 200 public institutions—including libraries, schools, universities, national parks, gardens, tourism bureaus and 80+ major museums—more fully experience colors in art, nature and overcome obstacles to learning.
Other museums participating in the program include the Gallerie d’Italia in Italy, the Chau Chak Wing Museum in Australia, Centraal Museum Utrecht in The Netherlands, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the U.S.