La voie de l'écuyer opus 2017
Situated opposite the Palace of Versailles, the Great Stables, which were constructed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart between 1679 and 1682, offer an unmissable experience.
Since it was reopened in 2016, it houses an incredible collection of ceremonial vehicles of the Ancien Régime and the French Empire. Something to delight both young and old!
Completely restored and redesigned, two galleries cover almost 1000 m². The museum layout and lighting showcase the wooden and bronze coaches. Don't forget to admire the unique architecture of what was once the stable used for both war and hunting horses.
Genuine masterpieces by the best artists of the time, these coaches are also an extraordinary demonstration of the technological progress of the period with technical development: traction, suspension, first coupés, convertibles and comfort. The Coach Gallery is the 18th century equivalent of a motor show!
This gallery showcases the Berlin carriages ordered for the marriage of Napoleon I, the funeral carriage of Louis XVIII, the carriage used for the coronation of Charles X, the carriages of Marie-Antoinette's children, other examples from the French Third Republic, and some charming 18th century sleighs and sedan chairs.
Opening times :
From Tuesday to Sunday
- 12.30 pm – 6.15 pm between April and October
- 12.30 pm – 5.15 pm between November and March
The Tourist Office also offers you a guided visit "Horses and coaches in Versailles" in french to discover in a fun way the Coach Gallery.