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Musée des Carrosses also called The Grand Carriage Museum at Versailles

The museum was created by King Louis-Philippe and its collection of carriages and coaches are very diverse, with some absolutely incredible and ornate pieces, all with a fantastic story behind them.

Established by King Louis-Philippe when he decided to transform the Chateau de Versailles into a museum, the collection of carriages and other items was originally installed in the Trianon and then in 1985 it was moved to the Grand Stable after this building had been renovated.

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Musée des Carrosses - Carriage Museum at Versailles

The Grande Ecurie stands between the Avenue de Saint-Cloud and the Avenue de Paris, on the right looking at the Chateau de Versailles and was once used for the Kings horses and carriages and it is here that you will be able to marvel at carriages from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Situated in the heart of the old part of Versailles the Musée des Carrosses or in English known as the Carriage Museum, it is housed in one of the galleries of the Grande Ecurie at Versailles in the Yvelines department near Paris in France and this is also home of the Equestrian Academy and show called the Académie du Spectacle Equestre.

Beautifully restored and preserved, the carriages on display will provide a glimpse into the major events in history.  Here you will be able to see the carriage that was used for the Coronation of King Charles X, the funeral chariot of King Louis XVIII, the carriage used for the marriage ceremony of Napoleon and the Baptism coach of the Duke of Bordeaux.

There are also sleds on display from when the Royal Court used to hold races on the canal at the Chateau de Versailles when it was frozen in the cold winter months.

You will also be able to observe chairs and holders from the 18th and 19th centuries along with other coaches and get a really good feel for how the Royalty were transported.

Entry to the Musée des Carrosses or the Royal Carriage Museum is available at weekends from April through to September from 2pm to 5.30pm and is an additional fee from that of the Chateau de Versailles, but children under the age of 18 are free, providing they are accompanied by an adult.

But even if you cannot manage to get to see the interior when you visit because it is on a day the museum is not open, then just taking a detour to get to see the carved decoration and the architecture of the exterior, is still well worth the time.  And please remember that the Chateau de Versailles itself is also closed on a Monday!

Address & Contact Details:

Musée des Carrosses
1 Avenue Rockefeller

Telephone: 1 30 83 77 88

Musée des Carrosses

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