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“The true home of kings, the house of ages”
(Napoleon in Saint Helena, August 1816)
With over 1500 rooms at the heart of 130 acres of parkland and gardens, Fontainebleau is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. A visit to Fontainebleau opens up an unparalleled view of French history, art history and architecture.
 

Public Opening Napoleon’s Study

Beginning June 29th, 2013 The Public Opening of the cabinet de travail of Napoleon the Third and the salon des Laques de l’Impératrice Eugénie in the Second Empire gallery. Everyday except Tuesdays at 10:15 am and 4:15 pm


Restoration of the Imperial Theatre

The Imperial Theatre at Château de Fontainebleau, one of the premier examples of Second Empire theatres, has long awaited restoration. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a great lover and patron of the arts, has generously sponsored the renovation of the theatre and its opening to the public. In recognition of his donation of five million euros a year for the project, the theatre was dedicated to the patron of the arts who saved it from falling into ruin.


The Chinese Museum

The Empress Eugenie’s Collection
The Chinese Museum and additional rooms built to Eugenie’s specifications in 1863 house her collection of Far-Eastern treasures.


The Royal Elephant

Rosso Fiorentino, fresco
The famous Royal Elephant fresco in the Francis I gallery celebrates the virtues of the king. The elephant represents wisdom and royalty, while the stork at its feet symbolizes filial devotion, thus trumpeting the character of Francis I.