The first references to the Château de Fontainebleau date back to the 12th century. Since then, all the kings of France have lived in the palace, and have continuously enlarged and embellished it. It is a unique example of a royal residence, loved and cherished for over eight centuries.
The château was one of the major artistic centres of 16th-century Europe. The Renaissance Rooms, unique in France, have retained their stunning fresco and stucco décor created by the Italian artists Rosso and Primaticcio under the reigns of François I and Henri II.
The apartments of the sovereigns evoke all the pomp and splendour of the French court ; antechambers, drawing rooms, ceremonial rooms, the Council Room and the Throne Room all paint a vivid picture of the life of the monarchy. The carved woodwork, paintings, tapestries and furnishings provide evidence of the apartments occupancy from the 16th to the 19th century.
Refurbishment of Napoleon I’s interior apartments began in 1804. Comprised of a series of rooms for the Emperor’s private use (bedchamber, office, private drawing room, bathroom, aide-de-camp’s common room and antechamber). From here, Napoleon I abdicated on 6 April 1814.
Located on the ground floor of the château, they complete the changes made for Napoleon I, who wanted two private adjoining apartments, one for himself, and the other for Josephine (later occupied by Marie-Louise). There are also rooms that were reserved for the use of the Emperor’s close advisors and the Stag Gallery.
Musée Napoleon I
Opened in 1986, several rooms display historical memorabilia relating to Napoleon and his family during the Empire (1804-1814). The Emperor as the official (coronation robe and sword) and the man (cocked hat, campaign tent, toiletries), his second wife Marie-Louise, his son, the King of Rome, his mother and his brothers and sisters are all recalled in their portraits and belongings.
Empress Eugenie’s Chinese Museum and drawing rooms
This set of four drawing rooms was laid out in 1863 for Napoleon III’s wife. Designed for relaxing and hosting private receptions for the court, these rooms are where the Empress displayed her remarkable collection of oriental art from the Far East, China and Siam, in the fashion of that time.
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77 300 Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne).
+33 (0) 1 60 71 50 60/70.
Gare de Lyon station « Avon-Fontainebleau ».Bus A
, direction "Les Lilas", station "La Poste-château".
9:30am-6pm from 04.1 to 09.30 ; 9:30am-5pm from 10.1 to 03.31. Last entry 45 mn prior to closing. Closed on Tuesdays, on 01.1, on 05.1 and on 12.25.
-18s and -26s (E.U residents) free
. No entry fee on the First Sunday of each month.