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Models of the Imperial Navy

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Models of the Imperial Navy

From 17 June to 14 September 2014, the Palace of Versailles welcomes the “Models of the Imperial Navy. The National Navy Museum Collection” exhibition at the Cotelle Gallery at the Grand Trianon.

L'Océan, vaisseau de 118 canons L'Océan, 118-cannon vessel

The Emperor, the Navy and Trianon


In 1810, while refurnishing the Grand Trianon, Napoleon decided to put together a collection of miniature warship models – the “Trianon Collection”. This exceptional set of models bears witness to the Emperor’s desire to bring back the Imperial Navy and the excellence of French shipbuilding.

For the first time since 1828, this collection of sixteen models, masterpieces by the shipbuilders at the arsenals, have left the French National Navy Museum to return to the site for which they were originally ordered – the Cotelle Gallery at the Grand Trianon.

Maps, archives, portraits of sailors, naval combat scenes and navy objects (megaphones, swords, rifles, etc.) enable visitors to imagine how each ship worked and showcase the history of the Imperial Navy.


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Exhibition at the Cotelle Gallery at the Grand Trianon
Open every day
except Monday from 12.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Access with Passport tickets or Trianon Palace tickets

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Curators

Jérémie Benoît, Chief Curator of the National Museum of the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon
Hélène Tromparent-de Seynes, Chief Heritage Curator at the French National Navy Museum
Alain Niderlinder, Scientific Advisor and Historian of the Naval Collections

Partners of the exhibition


In partnership with the French National Navy Museum     
Musée national de la Marine

The exhibition is supported by Plastic-Omnium

Plastic-Omnium

With the media partnership of

Direct Matin

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