From 30 May to 24 September 2017, this exhibition will be dedicated to the stay of Peter the Great in Paris and at the Palace of Versailles in May and June 1717, celebrating the tercentenary of his trip in France. 

Thanks to a partnership between the Palace of Versailles and the State Hermitage Museum in St-Petersburg, the exhibition will present what was one of the major diplomatic and cultural event at the beginning of Louis XV's reign only two years after Louis XIV's death.

The exhibition

Visitors will be able to follow step by step Peter the Great's stay in the Palace of Versailles. Heir of the Romanov dynasty and first Emperor of Russia, Peter Ist was looking for inspiration in the French political model. He was curious and keen on sciences and techniques therefore Peter Ist visited many royal residences, manufactures and parisian academies, met with great scientists and artists in order to attract some of them to the Court in St-Petersburg. Paintings, sculptures, pieces of furniture, engravings, drawings, books from the Tsar private library and objects from his cabinet of curiosities will paint the portrait of a man who has been a great reformer for Russia, looking towards the West and particularly to the France of the Great Century. 


  • Gwenola Firmin Curator in charge of paintings from the 18th century at the Palace of Versailles
  • Thierry Sarmant Chief curator, head of the Archives historic Center, historic department of the Defence
  • George Vilinbakhov Vice-director of the State Hermitage Museum in St-Petersburg

Practical Informations

The exhibition will be held from 30 May to 24 September 2017 in the Grand Trianon. Opening hours : 12 pm - 6:30 pm. Last admission : 6 pm - Ticket office closing at 5:50 pm.

Fêtes Galantes

Dressed in a costume as fine as those worn in Versailles during its finest periods, you are invited to discover the refined and artistic atmosphere of the evening entertainments, an unforgettable and timeless experience.