Prepare your Visit

The Fondation Custodia is not a museum. The physical conservation of art on paper, in conjunction with the delicacy of their techniques and paper’s sensitivity to light, means that they cannot be kept on permanent display. The works in the Fondation Custodia are held in store and only come out for temporary exhibitions.

It is however possible, by appointment, to consult and study the Fondation Custodia’s various collections in the reading room in Hôtel Turgot.

Reading room

By appointment only
Mondays to Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 05 75 19

Guided tours

At regular intervals there are guided tours of the salons in the eighteenth-century Hôtel Turgot where the paintings, antique furniture and other works of art from the Frits Lugt Collection are displayed.

Reservation required (2p. maximum):

The guided tour is in French and free of charge.
Duration: approx. 1 hour.

Upcoming dates:
Saturday 17 September 2022 at 1.30 and 3 pm
Wednesday 28 September 2022 at 12.30 pm
Thursday 20 October 2022 at 12.30 pm
Saturday 22 October 2022 at 1.30 and 3 pm

On request we can arrange visits for cultural organizations, groups of students, etc. (maximum 15 people).
Information and fees:


Several times a year the Fondation Custodia presents major exhibitions highlighting the breadth and depth of the Frits Lugt Collection, and treasures from other collections or museums in the Hôtel Lévis-Mirepoix, adjacent to the Hôtel Turgot. We host monographic and thematic exhibitions of significance to art history, renowned for their scientific and museological quality.

Opening hours (during exhibitions): every day except Monday, from 12 to 6 pm

Admission charges: full 10 € / reduced 7 €
The reduced rate is available to seniors (over 60), unemployed people, groups of at least 10 people
Free admission: students, press card, ICOM card, disabled person’s card
Current exhibitions


Our bookshop offers a wide range of catalogues, children’s books, postcards and reproductions of works in the Frits Lugt Collection, as well as a selection of specialist journals on the history of art.

Opening hours (during exhibitions): every day except Monday, from 12 to 6 pm


With some 130,000 volumes, the Fondation Custodia library is one of the largest specialist art history libraries in France. Its holdings reflect the depth, quality and diversity of the Frits Lugt Collection.

Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays, 2 to 6 pm
In preparation for your visit, please consult the homepage of the online catalogue, to carry out a search and check for possible changes to opening hours.

Bibliothèque d’histoire de l’art, Fondation Custodia
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 59 12 43

Please note: Rare and valuable books can only be examined by appointment. This also applies to drawings, prints and artists’ letters.