From 2 July to 3 November 2024 Horse in Majesty – At the Heart of a Civilisation

© Palace of Versailles, Dist. RMN / © Christophe Fouin

To coincide with the equestrian events at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, to be hosted on the Versailles estate, the Château is holding a major exhibition dedicated to horses and equestrian civilisation in Europe – the first exhibition on this theme to be presented on such a scale.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

The exhibition will be held during the high season. Please check the access times for the Palace.

  • Times: 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. The last access is at 6 p.m.
  • Book a “Palace” ticket or a “Passport” ticket to enter the exhibition (even if you have a free ticket).

Passport

This ticket gives access to the whole estate of Versailles.

32 €

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Passport

This ticket gives access to the whole estate of Versailles.
32 €
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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.

High season rate

32 € Buy

Palace ticket

This ticket gives you access to the Palace.

21 €

Buy

Palace ticket

This ticket gives you access to the Palace.
21 €
Read more
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 also be purchased on site subject to availability.

Rates

21 € Buy

    Plan your visit Access and Opening times

    The exhibition

    From 2 July to 3 November 2024, the Palace of Versailles will be holding an exhibition entitled “Horse in Majesty – At the Heart of a Civilisation”. Nearly 300 works on exceptional loan from all over the world, highlighting the roles and uses of horses in civil and military society, from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, up to the eve of the First World War, which marked the end of horse-drawn civilisation and the relegation of horses to the realm of leisure.

    This first exhibition dedicated to horses on such a scale will be divided into thirteen sections on a tour leading visitors through several emblematic areas of the Palace: the Africa Rooms, the King's State Apartment, the Hall of MirrorsMadame Maintenon's Apartment and the Dauphine's Apartment on the ground floor.

    Of horses and kings

    In a gallery of princes' favourite horses, the exhibition presents Charles XI of Sweden's collection of horse portraits and more intimate portraits such as those of Queen Victoria's Arabian horses. But also the beauty and sheer scale of the aristocratic and royal stables built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries bear witness to the importance attached to horses in representations of power under the Ancien Régime.

    Karl Girardet, Queen Victoria's Visit to the Queen's Hamlet at Petit Trianon, 21 August 1855

    © Palace of Versailles, Dist. RMN / © Christophe Fouin

    The Great Stables

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    Festive horses and luxury

    Equestrian festivals played a key role in the life of European courts. The exhibition presents some rare examples of these ephemeral festive arts.

    Equestrian ceremonial armour - Hercules room

    © EPV / Medhi Toumi


    Horses and science

    The exhibition also focuses on the relationship between art and science in anatomical studies of horses. The iconic early drawings by Andrea del Verrochio and Leonardo da Vinci are exhibited together here for the first time, in a collaboration between New York's Metropolitan Museum and the English Royal Collections.

    Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), Head of a White Horse, circa 1800-1825, oil on canvas.

    © Paris, Musée du Louvre


    Cultural program

    Late opening until 10:30 PM

    On Tuesdays July 16, August 20 and September 17 and October 15, 2024, take part in exceptional late opening to discover the The Horse in Majesty at the Heart of a Civilisation exhibition.

    opening hours

    Time-stamped access in 30-minute slots starting at 5:30 p.m.

    Last ticketing slot at 9pm

    Last access at 9:30pm

    Areas close at 10:30pm

    Palace ticket

    This ticket gives you access to the Palace.

    21 €

    Buy

    Palace ticket

    This ticket gives you access to the Palace.
    21 €
    Read more
    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 also be purchased on site subject to availability.

    Rates

    21 € Buy

    Game book for children

    In collaboration with the Palace of Versailles, Paris Mômes has designed a booklet-game for children aged 8 to 12, to help them discover the main themes dedicated to the horse and equestrian culture in Europe. Richly illustrated, the booklet is designed to be fun and instructive, with questions, riddles and games to help visitors actively understand the exhibition.

    Download the game book

     

    Curators : 

    Laurent Salomé, Director of the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
    Hélène Delalex, Heritage Curator at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon

    patron

    This exhibition benefits from the exclusive sponsorship of the CMA CGM Group.

    mobile App and Audioguide

    Three audio-guided tours available in French, English, Spanish, Italian and Chinese on the application, accompany visitors as they discover the exhibition through the different areas.

    • Horse in Majesty - part 1 (upstairs)
    • Horse in majesty - part 2 (for the ground floor)
    • Horse in majesty - to go further (in the grounds)

    We recommend that you download the free application before you arrive and then launch it to load the exhibition route in advance.