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Musée de l'ile de France at Chateau Sceaux

The General Council of the former Seine department founded the museum in 1937 and called the Musée de l'ile de France it is situated within the Chateau de Sceaux and as the name suggests, it is a museum about the Ile de France region.

This museum is devoted to the history of Ile de France and also the castle Sceaux, where it is situated and its purpose is to show the artistic and archaeological heritage along with the history of this region dating back as far as the 17th century up until the 20th century.

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Musée de l'ile de France at Chateau Sceaux

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

Musée de l'ile de France

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