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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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14 July 2009 : a great republican picnic



Lunch on the Lawn

Palace of Versailles Park, near the Grand Canal, starting at 11:30 a.m.

To celebrate Bastille Day (14 July), the Palace of Versailles will be hosting a widely popular republican picnic organised along the banks of the Grand Canal. The success achieved by the event last year, drawing nearly 8,000 picnickers to the Lunch on the Lawn, has encouraged us to make it an annual get-together on this symbolic date. Following a simple dress code (white), picnickers will gather in the Grand Park of the palace near Apollo’s chariot, before sitting down around the Grand Canal.

- Farm producers from Yvelines will be presenting local products and picnickers will be able to add items to their picnic baskets.
- Brass bands will be wandering down either side of the Grand Canal bringing the tunes of major popular festivities to this event;
- A dance will be organised so that picnickers will be able to dance right through from the aperitif to the afternoon tea!
Dancing to accordion music, salsa and bossa on a wooden dance floor set up for the occasion, where all the oompah-pah of Bastille Day will come together!
- Cockades, chocolates, brown-sugar biscuits and other goodies, will be distributed to visitors
There will be Grandes Eaux Musicales in the gardens (admission fee) on Bastille Day. The Palace of Versailles and the Estate of Marie Antoinette will also be open to the public.
Friendliness, conversations, new and surprising encounters will make this event a real holiday memory!

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