Library - Former Hôtel de la Marine and Foreign Affairs Gallery

5 equipped room(s), 80 people max
  • Old Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Marine


Built in 1761-1762 according to the wishes of the duke of Choiseul, then Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, this mansion was meant to house the archives and departments of Foreign Affairs and the Navy. Here were negotiated the Treaty of Versailles and Paris which ended the 1783 american war of Independence.
The architect J.-B. Berthier adopted the architectural concept of flat brick arches to protect the building from fire hazards. Also, because of the expected constant comings and goings of diplomats, a ceremonial gallery was designed and decorated to create a brilliant picture of French diplomacy. The mansion is now occupied by the municipal library. Its sumptuous gallery, with its well preserved decor, is open to visitors. Now a library, the building has lost none of its former charm.

Open for guided tours only
General information
  • Visites :
    • Average group visit length (minutes) 90
    • Average individual visit length (minutes) 90
  • Type of culturel patrimony :
    • Museum
  • Visit :
    • Guided tours
  • Rooms equipped for :
    • Family Reception/drinks reception
    • Seminar/meeting
  • Rooms equipment :
    • Video projector
    • Screen
    • Chair
    • Speaker pulpit
  • Restaurants :
    • Free choice of caterer
  • Individual tour services :
    • Guided individual tours on request
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Group tour services :
    • Guided group tours on request
    • Unguided group tours on request
  • Entertainment :
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Activity
  • Cultural leisure facilities :
    • Book shop


Library - Former Hôtel de la Marine and Foreign Affairs Gallery
5 rue de l'Indépendance Américaine
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
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