“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

June 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. The cabinet and salon can be visited on the “Second Empire” guided tour.

Restoration of the Imperial Theatre

Napoleon III’s Theatre opens its doors!
The restoration of the Imperial Theatre is now complete! It is now accessible to the public by way of the “Second Empire” guided tour.

The Chinese Museum

The Empress Eugenie’s Collection
Second Empire rooms built to house Empress Eugenie’s collection of Far-Eastern Treasures. Accessible by way of the "Second Empire" guided tour.

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.

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