2017 Study Tour, Paris, France

ARLIS/NA Study Tour to Paris, France

Monday, June 12, 2017
to Friday, June 16, 2017
Paris, France
Category: Study Tours


The 2017 ARLIS/NA Study Tour will offer in-depth visits to notable art libraries, archives, study centers, galleries, and a private collection in Paris. The tour has been coordinated by the International Relations Committee and our French colleagues to coincide with the grand opening of the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (INHA) Library in the historical Labrouste reading room, at the heart of the renovated Richelieu quadrangle. A hallmark of IRC Study Tours is behind-the-scenes tours that offer special access to collections as well as generous hospitality by hosts, and this trip promises an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The dates of the Study Tour are June 12-16, 2017, with an optional excursion to the Château de Fontainebleau on June 17.

Our base for explorations will be the classic and charming Relais St. Jacques, centrally located on the Left Bank. Participants will arrange their own transport to and from Paris, and their reservation at the Relais St. Jacques, at the special rates of 230 euros (approx. $246/night) for a double room, and 210 euros (approx. $225/night) for a single. Breakfast is included. Arrangements are also underway for another nearby hotel, the Grand Hotel Saint Michel at a similar rate and accommodations. Details on booking will be distributed to confirmed participants. Participants will be given a Metro pass for traveling throughout the city via subway or bus.




Registration limited to 20 participants.

Tour Information


$300.00 USD is due at time of registration to hold a place on the accepted list or wait list. Funds will be used toward group activities or local group transportation during the trip. Wait list participants not selected for the trip will receive a full refund.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of the Application Fee will be refunded for cancellations received before April 1, 2017. Cancellations received on or after April 1, 2017 are not eligible for a refund. Requests for refunds at this time must be made in writing to the Group Leaders, Debbie Kempe and Beverly Mitchell.

Flight Arrangements

You are responsible for booking and paying for your own flight. Please note that you should not purchase your ticket(s) until you receive an email from the group leader that the minimum of 10 participants have been reached. ARLIS/NA and the Study Tour organizers are not responsible for travel to and from the Study Tour site and therefore are not able to issue any refunds for travel for any reason.


A Study Tour is a great opportunity to visit colleagues, their collections, and tour relevant cultural institutions while representing ARLIS/NA and your home institution. Past tours include library visits, business meetings, collections presentations, and are often in conjunction with conferences, symposiums, or colloquiums. Applications for ARLIS/NA Study Tours will be accepted for current ARLIS/NA members working or currently seeking employment as arts information professionals. Spouses, partners, or friends of Study Tour participants are welcome to travel with participants, however inclusion in tour activities or special events is at the discretion of the hosts.

An agenda is constructed by the tour leader in conjunction with hosts in the chosen location. All items on the agenda are by formal invitation of the hosts and the following guidelines are recommended for all scheduled activities:

  • Participants are expected to participate in the agenda provided by the host(s) and plan to visit local sites either before or after the Study Tour.
  • Study Tour schedules often begin early in the morning and include multiple visits throughout the entire day. Sometimes meals are included or time is allotted for meals on one’s own. It is important that all participants arrive at designated meeting points on time in order to keep the schedule accurate for all our hosts.
  • As representatives of ARLIS/NA and their institutions, participants should dress in a manner that is appropriate for business and wear shoes comfortable for extensive walking and standing.
  • Please refrain from separating from the group while in transit between tour locations.
  • Our hosts often include their supervising directors, or other VIP administrators, in our meetings and tours. Please be prepared to participate in discussions related to the arts information profession and follow all security rules provided by the host institution when invited to examine collections.
  • Not all items on the agenda will be of interest to everyone in a group, however our hosts will expect the entire group to participate and will plan activities based on our full number.
  • If a participant is unable to attend a scheduled part of the agenda, it is advised that the tour leader be informed before the activity. Participants are also recommended to send a note of regret to the host.
  • Many countries and cultures that we visit are very generous with receptions and souvenir gifts. It is recommended that participants bring business cards, brochures, and/or small hostess gifts that represent their institution. Participants should also plan to send thank you notes or emails after the trip is complete. 

For more information about the itinerary, travel plans or other questions contact either of the the group leaders:

Debbie Kempe

Beverly Mitchell