The Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery, located in the Small Stables, opens its doors, free of charge, every weekend fron 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm. 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.
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).
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 April 1st 2023.
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From April 1st to October 31st 2023, enjoy the Musical Gardens and the Great Musical Waters in the gardens and groves opened for the occasion. Every Saturday evening from 10 June to 23 September, Friday 14 July and Tuesday 15 August, discover the Gardens in the evening with the The Night Fountains Show.
Life on the Estate
On 20 June 1789, the Royal Tennis Court of Versailles played a major part in French history. From being a royal sports hall during the reign of Louis XIV, it became synonymous with the foundation of French democracy and will be forever linked to a key episode in the French Revolution.