The Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery, located in the Small Stables, opens its doors, free of charge, from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm every day of the week (except Mondays) for the duration of the Architecture and Landscape Biennial. Discover a series of casts from the Musée du Louvre’s cast collection and some original marble statues from the Gardens.
The gallery will be open from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm :
- every Saturday and Sunday from 1 April to 30 October,
- every day (except Mondays) from 14 May to 13 July on the occasion of the second edition of the Architecture and Landscape Biennial (last admission at 5.45 pm),
- and until midnight on Saturday 14 May for the European Night of Museums 2022 (last admission at 11 pm).
A sculptures collection
Since 1970, the Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery has housed the casts collection of the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities at the Musée du Louvre.
This collection taken from Ancient works is unique in that it includes old mouldings from the 17th and 18th centuries and a large collection of Greek and Roman architecture. The most important pieces include the corner of the Parthenon from the Acropolis in Athens, one of the Dioscuri from the Quirinal in Rome and the Farnese Hercules, the original of which is currently conserved in the Archaeological Museum in Naples.
In addition to this magnificent series of works, and as part of the campaign to save the sculpted masterpieces of the gardens of Louis XIV, original marble pieces from the Garden of Versailles have also joined the collection. These include Apollo Served by Nymphs and the two groups of the Sun Horses forming the sculpted composition from Apollo’s Baths Grove, undoubtedly the greatest masterpiece of French sculpture from the 17th century.
The gallery is home to two major collections composed of vast series of mouldings from the 17th and 18th century from the cast collection of the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities at the Musée du Louvre, and around sixty original sculpted marble masterpieces from the gardens of Versailles themselves.
The Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery is located in the Small Stables, alongside the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles (ENSAV) and the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF).
An open place during the European Night of Museums 2022...
On the occasion of the 18th European Night of Museums, on 14 May 2022, the Palace of Versailles invites you to an exceptional nocturnal discovery of the Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery.
... and for the Architecture and Landscape Biennial
From 14 May to 13 July 2022, the Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery welcomes you to the second edition of the Architecture and Landscape Biennial, devoted to the theme "Earth and Cities".
After the success of the first edition in 2019 on the theme of "Man, nature and the city", the Bap! returns in 2022 and continues its exploration by questioning the place of the earth and its uses.
Make the most of the exceptional opening of the sculptures and mouldings gallery to discover this place guided by the audio commentary of new audio tour available in the Palace of Versailles mobile app (downloadable free of charge).
You can visit the Sculptures and Mouldings gallery free of charge from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm (last admission at 5:45 pm), every weekend from 1 April 2022 and every day of the week (except Mondays) from 14 May to 13 July on the occasion of the Architecture and Landscape Biennial.
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From April 1st to October 30th 2022, enjoy the Musical Gardens from Tuesday to Friday and the Musical Fountains Shows on Saturdays and Sundays in the Gardens and the groves open for the occasion. Every Saturday night from June 11th to September 24th, and on Thursday July 14th and Monday August 15th, discover the gardens of Versailles in the evening with the Night Fountains Shows.
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