For the 15th European Museum Night, the Palace of Versailles will be opening its most prestigious rooms, the King’s State Apartment and the Gallery of Mirrors, and will be offering night owls an audio voyage mixing yesterday and today, Louis the Great and Parliament.
The European Night of Museums
“Echoes of a palace over the centuries”
For the 15th European Museum Night, the Palace of Versailles will be offering night owls an audio voyage mixing yesterday and today, Louis the Great and Parliament.
Without dwelling on the history, the visit plays on eras, references and sensations. It highlights more than it explains, continually using sound to encourage visitors to keep their eyes wide open and see the rich decor of the most famous parts of the Palace, the Royal Chapel, the State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors, the Museum of French History and the Congress Chamber. Surprises, humour, and the actors’ words will guide visitors’ eyes and stimulate their imagination.
The programme has been created by Isabelle Fuchs and Julien Lafosse for the "Manufacture Sonore".
The visit will enable night owls to wander through rooms which, in the 18th century, hosted ceremonies, royal festivities and quiet evenings.
- Free admission
- Times: 7.30 pm – 1 am (last entry at 12.30 am)
- Access via the Main Gate and entrance A
As part of this event, the Palace of Versailles is encouraging all visitors to share their experiences on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) with the hashtag #Versaillesbynight.
Places open for the European Night of Museums
After more than three years of restoration work, the Queen’s State Apartment is being reopened to the public, providing a great opportunity to revisit three of the Palace of Versailles’ key female characters: Marie-Antoinette, who lived in the Queen’s State Apartment, Marie Leszczynska and Madame de Maintenon.
From the 4th of May to the 3rd of August 2019, the Upper Stone Gallery of the Palace of Versailles will be presenting a unique collection of architectural projects, which were developed for the Palace and its gardens between the 17th and 19th centuries.