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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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Redevelopment of the Pavillon Dufour



Redevelopment of the Pavillon Dufour

The Dufour Pavilion opens on 23 February 2016. This new entrance created by the architect Dominique Perrault mixes restoration, rehabilitation and contemporary works. It establishes the Palace of Versailles in the modernity that it owes its visitors.

The works of the Pavillon Dufour are one of the major works of the « Grand Versailles » plan launched in 2003. The three priorities of this programme are the restoration of the historical monument and its decor, the safety upgrade of all the site and improving the reception of visitors notably through the Pavillon Dufour redevelopment.

Inside of the Pavillon Dufour ©EPV/Christian Milet

New visitors’ reception area

Whith the work completed, visitors enter via one of the two wings on either side of the royal courtyard (cour royale): the Pavillon Dufour on the left for individual visitors, and the Pavillon Gabriel on the right for groups.

The new reception






L'escalier à ciel ouvert ©EPV/Christian Milet

Architectural project

The architect and town planner Dominique Perrault was commissioned by the Palace of Versailles to oversee the renovation of the Pavillon Dufour.

The method Mr Perrault recommended to respect all the historic and architectural heritage of this part of the old palace was particularly appealing.

The architectural project





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