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Relive the epic life and times of napoleon and birth of his legend



The third phase of the  “Versailles à Arras” project sees a major exhibition devoted to the epic life and  times of Napoleon and the Napoleonic legend.


Following the success of the exhibitions “Roulez carrosses!” and “Le château de Versailles en 100 chefsd’œuvre”, which attracted a total of over 440,000 visitors, the Etablissement Public du Château de Versailles, the Hauts-de-France Region and the City of Arras present a new exceptional exhibition, opening its doors in the autumn of 2017.

Through the rich collections of Versailles, it will retrace the life and career of Napoleon Bonaparte, from general to fallen Emperor. The exhibition will also demonstrate how Napoleon determined from an early stage to write his own legend and to consign it for posterity by commissioning numerous paintings commemorating the great episodes of his life (decisions, battles etc.).

In fact, some one hundred iconic works from the Napoleonic collections held by the Château de Versailles, most of them commissioned by Napoleon himself, will be brought together and presented to the public for the first time. Some are iconic and universally known masterpieces such as Bonaparte Crossing the Grand-Saint-Bernard Pass by Jacques-Louis David, the Austerlitz Column in Sèvres porcelain or the sculpture by Vincenzo Vela: The Last Days of Napoleon on Saint Helena.

Paintings, sculptures and furniture reveal the richness and quality of the artistic production of the time, leading the public in the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte, whose unique destiny marked an unforgettable chapter in the history of France and Europe. 



Goûter de l’Empereur - the Emperor’s  afternoon tea

Sample a «pain à la duchesse», better known today as an éclair, invented by Antoine Carême, the great pâtissier of the Empire. Built in the eighteenth century and listed as Historical Monuments, the Hôtel de Guînes* and its reception rooms form the perfect backdrop. The pastries are served with coffee, tea, traditional lemonade and orange juice. Afternoon tea served buffet style.

*subject to the availability of the Hôtel de Guînes.



Guided visit (Maximum of 25 persons per group)

  • Weekday price: €115 per group + €5 per  person above 10 fee-paying persons
  • Price for Sundays and public holidays:  €145 per group + €5 per person above  10 fee-paying persons 
  • Closed on Tuesdays
  • Goûter de l’Empereur supplement: Prices  (20 persons and above):  Weekdays: €5.50 per person - Sundays and public holidays: €6.50 per person