Since 1971 the General Council of the Haute-de-Seine department
has maintained the museum, which has a large collection of graphic art that includes
prints, drawings, photographs and postcards, but unfortunately these particular items are
not on display, due to keeping them preserved.
However, the displays that you can visit for free show the rich history of the Ile de France region through its presentations of paintings,
ceramics and furniture and the initial fund was established from regional collections of
the Carnavalet Museum, which is now devoted
purely to the history of Paris.
Francois de Troy is an important artist for the Musée de l'Ile-de-France due to his close
relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Maine and the court at the Sceaux castle.
But the museum has also just added another canvas of the Countess of Brionne and her son,
Louis of Lorraine, Prince of
Lambesc, to its collection that was donated by Monique and Elwin Milgrom
This fascinating French museum is housed within the Chateau
de Sceaux and is situated only about 10km to the south of Paris and within a large park of around 228 hectares
that was designed by Andre Le Notre, who designed numerous gardens at castles such as the Chateau de Versailles.
The museum is open every day of the week except for a Tuesday with free admission although
photographs are prohibited, which is different to many museums
in France where photos are allowed. However, please bear in mind that it is also
closed on national holidays.
The Orangerie, which is also situated at the Chateau de Sceaux is reserved for temporary
exhibitions and various events that you can also visit plus there is also a documentation
centre, which is open from Monday to Friday, but only by prior appointment.
From 1st April through to 30th September it opens at 10am to noon, then from 1pm to 6pm
except for a Tuesday.
From 1st October to 31st March it opens at 10am to noon, then from 1pm to 5pm, but again,
is closed on a Tuesday.
Address & Contact Details:
Musée de l'ile de France
Chateau de Sceaux
Ile de France
Telephone: 1 41 87 29 50
Fax: 1 41 87 29 51