The Gallery of the History of the Palace

The Gallery of the History of the Palace was completely redesigned in 2023 to promote a better understanding of the history of the Palace of Versailles and the various modifications made to it over more than four centuries.

FOUR CENTURIES OF HISTORY

With its three palaces, its gardens and its park, the Estate of Versailles is certainly a complex site in terms of its topography and history. From when the very first stone was laid during the reign of Louis XIII to the revival of the Palace in the 19th century, Versailles, its gardens and its estate have been admired across the world for 400 years.

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TOUR

Since 2009, thanks to our partnership with Google Arts & Culture, the rooms have been organised by theme and chronology way to reflect the main stages in the creation and transformation of the royal residence.

From the hunting lodge of Louis XIII to the estate as we know it today, the gallery retraces the history of the Palace through works of art drawn from Versailles’ collections. Paintings, copies of old engravings and models complete this visitor tour.

 

© EPV / Sébastien Giles

© EPV / Sébastien Giles

EPV / Sébastien Giles

© EPV / Sébastien Giles

EPV / Sébastien Giles

A new tour

In this gallery, which has been entirely redesigned and reorganised, more than a hundred works from the museum’s collections are on display, along with numerous recent acquisitions and works previously kept in storage that are being shown for the first time.

Thanks to this special artistic collection and its unique staging, Versailles can be appreciated in all its forms. Portraits, busts, furniture, views of the gardens and digital content combine to enhance the visitor experience.

Some works from the Château history gallery

ap. 1667 — Simon Renard de Saint-André

Louis XIV visite la Manufacture [...]
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1668 — Patel, Pierre

Vue du château et des jardins de Versailles, prise de l'avenue de Paris, 1668
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1679-1681 — Maratta, Carlo

André Le Nôtre
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XVIIe siècle — François Chauveau

Carrousel donné par Louis XIV pour la naissance du Dauphin dans la cour des Tuileries, 5 juin 1662
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1868 — Eugène Battaillé

Marie-Antoinette, reine de France, et ses enfants
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1601-1650 — D'après Simon Vouet

Louis XIII, roi de France (1601-1643)
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1695 — Etienne Allegrain

L'Orangerie du château de Versailles
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Reopening

The Gallery of the History of the Palace will be open for free preview visits during the European Heritage Days – on 15 (night-time opening), 16 and 17 September 2023.

The gallery will then be open as part of the tour route from Thursday, 21 September 2023.

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Patrons and supporters

With the patronage of M. and Mme Evan Spiegel and Free – Groupe Iliad

With the support of:

 

Practical information

The Gallery of the History of the Palace can be visited with a “Passport” ticket or a “Palace” ticket (apart from on the European Heritage Days 2023, when access is free and does not require a reservation).

 

Passport

This ticket gives access to the whole estate of Versailles.

24 €

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32 €

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Passport

This ticket gives access to the whole estate of Versailles.
24 €
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Passport

This ticket gives access to the whole estate of Versailles (Palace, Estate of Trianon and the gardens). Book online and enter to the Palace in the half hour following the chosen time.

It includes :

To make the most of the Estate of Versailles, the Gardens are open from 8am, the Estate of Trianon from 12pm, the Gallery of Coaches from 12.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased on site subject to availability.

Low season rate

24 € Buy

High season rate

32 € Buy

Palace ticket

This ticket gives you access to the Palace.

21 €

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Palace ticket

This ticket gives you access to the Palace.
21 €
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Palace ticket

This ticket guarantees access to the palace of Versailles. Book online and enter to the Palace in the half hour following the chosen time.

In order for you to make the most of the Estate of Versailles, the Gardens are open from 8am, the Estate of Trianon from 12pm., the Gallery of Coaches from 12.30pm.

The Passport guarantees access to the Estate of Versailles (Palace, Estate of Trianon and their Gardens).

Tickets can be purchased on site subject to availability.

Rates

21 € Buy
Reopening

The Gallery of the History of the Palace will be accessible on 16 and 17 September 2023 to mark the European Heritage Days and then, from 21 September 2023.

 

1623–2023

The origins of the Château de Versailles