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

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    Reopening on 10 May 2016

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

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    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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

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    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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

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    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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    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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18th century, Birth of Design




From October 28th 2014 to February 22nd 2015, the Château de Versailles is hosting the exhibition "18th century, Birth of Design, Furniture Masterpieces 1650-1789" inside Africa Rooms and Crimea Room.

Practical Information

Exhibition from 28 October 2014 to 22 February 2015.

The exhibition is open daily, except Mondays and public holidays (Thursday 25 December and Thursday 1 January), from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (last admission at 4.45 pm).

Presentations by the students of the Ecole Boulle happen every Thursdays and some Saturdays. More information on the Around the Exhibition page.

Admission included in Passport and Palace tickets bought at the castle or online.

Exhibition tickets bought online allow you to skip the line.

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18th century, Birth of Design, Furniture Masterpieces 1650-1789

The exhibition offers a glimpse of the ingenuity of a bygone era viewed from a present-day perspective and showcases the innovative and avant-garde nature of the shapes, techniques, decorations and materials used in 18th century furniture.

The exhibition includes around 100 major works from collections at the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre Museum, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Palace of Fontainbleau and the Getty Museum, alongside works from private collections which will be on show to the public for the first time.

Cabinets, desks, writing tables, commodes and console tables, but also sofas, armchairs, folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury.

18th century design


A few masterpieces      Around the exhibition

Secrétaire mécanique à cylindreMechanical roll-top desk, around 1781


Daniel Alcouffe
, Honorary general curator
Yves Carlier, General curator at the National Museum of the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon
Patrick Hourcade, photographer and designer
Patrick Lemasson, Head curator, in charge of ancient objets d'art at the Petit Palais, City of Paris Fine Art Museum
Gérard Mabille, Honorary general curator

Partners of the exhibition

With the support of
Champagne Perrier-Jouët Samsung Fondation Nexans

In media partnership with arte Connaissance des arts La Gazette Druout Styles Paris Mômes Figaro Scope Radio Classique

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