Napoleon Rooms to open specially over the Christmas holidays.
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.
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.
A couple artworks from the South Attic
From 19 November 2019 to 15 March 2020, the Africa and Crimea Rooms will play host to the “Versailles Revival” exhibition, looking at how, between 1867 and 1937, the Palace ignited passions for Versailles in its Ancien Régime version as it underwent an extensive programme of restoration and refurbishment.
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.