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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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Visit of the Water Tower

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Restoration of the Royal Opera

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Restitution of the Royal Gate

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Archaeology of the Grand Commun

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Launch of phase 2 of Grand Versailles



The Grand Versailles

On 5 December 2011, Frédéric Mitterrand announced the continuation of the development plan for the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles, launching phase 2 of the work on the “Grand Versailles” project.

In 2003, the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles and the Ministry of Culture and Communication announced the implementation of the “Grand Versailles” plan. Spread over 17 years and costing €500 million, it is the biggest development programme that the former royal estate has experienced since the reign of King Louis-Philippe.

The three priorities of this programme are the restoration of the historical monument and its decor, the safety upgrade of all the site (improving the safety facilities for the visitors and buildings) and improving the reception of visitors (more visit options and greater clarity about the scope of each visit, simplification of the means of access).

Grille Royale restituée The restored Royal Gate and Railings © EPV / Ch. Milet The work carried out during phase 1 (2004-2011) concerned the security upgrade and the modernisation of the utilities (complete modernisation of the technical installations of the Royal Opera, creation of the primary networks of the Palace, creation of the heating production system of the Grand Commun, safety upgrade, creation and fitting out of storage rooms, etc.), improving the reception conditions (Dufour and Gabriel pavilions, Ministers Wings, fitting out of the Swiss House in the Petit Trianon), and restorations (Grand Commun, Royal Gate and Railings, roofs, the groves of the park, etc.).

After the restoration of the Hall of Mirrors thanks to the sponsorship of Vinci, other large companies sponsored parts of this first phase of work: Nexans for the supply of cables, Monnoyeur for the restoration of the Royal Gate and Railings and the restoration of the roofs of the central section of the Palace, and Montres Breguet for the restoration of the Petit Trianon.

Heating production system of the Grand
Commun © P. Tournebœuf

The second phase (2012-2017) concerns the following projects:
- completion of the modernisation of the technical infrastructures of the central section of the Palace accompanied by the restoration of the decor of the Grand Apartments,
- rehabilitation of the water tower and installation of an air-cooling system,
- completion of the Grand Commun operation (eastern part),
- completion of the primary utilities gallery under the North Wing,
- continuation of the programme of “ordinary” restoration of the buildings and park.

The budget allocated for this second phase of the development plan amounts to €171 million, which expresses the continued commitment of the State alongside the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles, which will provide about one third of this budget.

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