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Museum of French History

Historic site and monument

In the nineteenth century, the Palace of Versailles takes a second wind. Louis-Philippe, king of France since 1830, decided to create a museum of the History of France, dedicated to "all the glories of France".

Following the French Revolution, the Palace was abandoned by the French political power. It was only with the coronation of Louis-Philippe (cousin of Louis XVI) in 1830 that the Château de Versailles came back to life. In 1833, this king, passionate about history, decided to remodel the castle, thus deciding to deprive it of its role as a royal residence and turn it into a museum.

The collection consisted of paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings representing figures and national events from the origins of France. These collections are composed of ancient royal collections, private and contemporary creations. Louis-Philippe asked his architect Frederic Nepveu to make the necessary transformations to transform the habitable parts of the North and Midi wings into museums.

The museum, inaugurated in 1837, served Louis-Philippe's propaganda tool, allowing him to legitimize his place as a king but also to reconcile supporters of different regimes.

Following the fall of Louis Philippe, Napoleon III continued the installations, but it is only at the end of the 19th century, that curator Pierre de Nolhac gives back to Versailles its character of royal residence and reorganizes the collections.

This museum is now closed to the public. Only a few rooms can be visited during the guided tour "Versailles through the centuries" organized by the national domain of Versailles.

This museum "to all the glories of France" is now composed of the following parts:
Crusades Room
The halls of Africa, Crimea and Italy
The Empire Room
The penthouses of the north and the south

General information

Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
StudentsSpecial rate for large familiesSpecial rate for disabled peopleSpecial rate for jobseekers


Closed temporarily.


Free entry for children < 26 years, children accompanied by an adult, teachers, people with reduced mobility, disabled people, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 30 people.


Think of the Audiopen for a guided tour!
Unguided individual tours available permanently Guided individual tours on request
Unguided group tours available permanently Guided group tours on request


  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Coach access
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Guided tours
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Contact details

Museum of French History
Château de Versailles
78000 Versailles