Napoleon Rooms to open specially over the Christmas holidays.


Exceptional Opening

From December 21st, 2019 to January 5th, 2020, there will be a special opening at the Palace of Versailles of the Napoleon Rooms in the attic of the South Wing – an integral part of the Historic Galleries converted by Louis-Philippe. Visitors will be able to explore the Palace’s collection – the world’s largest – of Napoleonic works, including historical paintings and painted and sculpted portraits.

These rooms tell the story of the key events of the Empire period in a chronological and themed presentation – from the establishment of the regime in May 1804 up to its fall, during the first abdication in 1814 and then the defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

Practical information

The exhibition, which can be visited during normal Palace opening hours – no booking required – starts from the top of the Provence staircase (accessed via the far south end of the Statue Gallery, on the first floor) and ends at the foot of the Orléans staircase.


Passport with timed entry

Passport with timed entry (without musical fountains show or musical gardens)

This ticket gives access to the whole Estate and guarantees access to the Palace within half an hour of the selected time.

20 €


Palace ticket with timed entry

This ticket gives you access to the Palace, temporary exhibitions, the Gardens (except on Musical Fountain Sows or Musical Gardens days) and the Park.

18 € Buy online

A couple artworks from the South Attic

1805-1806 (XIXe siècle) — Bartolini, Lorenzo (sculpteur)

Napoléon Ier
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1805 (XIXe siècle) — Gérard, François (peintre)

Napoléon Ier, empereur des Français (1769-1821)
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1796 (XVIIIe siècle) — Gros, Antoine-Jean (peintre)

Bonaparte au pont d'Arcole, 17 novembre 1796
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1857 (XIXe siècle) — Garneray, Ambroise-Louis (peintre)

Retour de l'île d'Elbe, 1er mars 1815
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1866 (XIXe siècle) — Vela, Vincenzo (sculpteur)

Les derniers moments de Napoléon Ier à Sainte-Hélène
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1812 (XIXe siècle) — Gérard, François (peintre)

Marie-Louise, impératrice des Français (1791-1847) et le roi de Rome
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1842 (XIXe siècle) — Isabey, Eugène (peintre)

Transbordement des cendres de Napoléon Ier à bord de la Belle Poule, 15 octobre 1840
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The official Palace of Versailles app.

The app includes the audioguide tour of the Palace and an interactive map of the Estate. It can be used without an Internet connection.

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