The galerie des Carrosses, Versailles of course!

Ok maybe I am cheating as this is part of the Chateau de Versailles but apart in a separate building across the street so maybe you go for the nice horse show and by pass this beauty just back open to the public not far back. I was here before they renovated it as Versailles has so much more to see than the castle. I told you so!

The new galerie des Carrosses or Gallery of Coaches/carriages is a wonderful place indeed ,and I am glad is back on, will look forward to visit now renovated. And to take more photos the one below is from my photo copy on photo believe is from 1991-92. It is in the Grande Ecurie or Great stables of the king across from the castle.

The galerie des Carrosses or Gallery of coaches-formerly Museum of Carriages (until 2006)-is a museum located in Versailles , dept 78 Yvelines, in the ïle de France region of France, which presents a collection of coaches mainly from the 19C. It is attached to the public establishment of the castle, the museum and the National Estate of Versailles and housed in the Grand Ecurie across from the castle.


A bit of history I like

After the carriages were dispersed during the revolutionary period, and selling at the end of the French Revolution, this museum was created by King Louis-Philippe I in 1833 when he decided to transform Versailles into a museum of All the glories of France (and therefore saving the castle from demolition!!!). It is then installed in the Grand Trianon, in a small building. The first museum of the Trianon opened its doors to the public in 1851.

Both Museum of the history of France and Salon of Automobile of the 18-19C, the gallery of coaches presents the most beautiful prototypes and the latest advances of the French bodywork in terms of comfort, performance and technique as well as traction, suspension, and first cut convertible.

The collection consists mainly as said of 19C vehicles with sedan and gala cars of the imperial Court of Napoleon I, the funeral chariot of Louis XVIII; and the carriage of the coronation of Charles X. The museum has only a few vehicles dating from the old regime with the sedan of the Dauphin Louis de France chairs with carriers and six sleds. The coaches of the gallery are the creations of the best artists and artisans of luxury of the court: architects, carpenter, saddler-bodywork, shimmerer, locksmith, bronzier, chaser, gilder, melter, painter, plasterer, trimmers, and knitters.etc.

In 1978, the collection at the Museum of the Carriages or wagons of Trianon, built in 1851, was moved to the Grande Ecurie. In 1985, the Museum of Carriages was opened to the public. In 2007, the Museum of Carriages closed its doors for the expansion work. In 2016, the museum is open again to the public. the Gallery of Coaches or La Galerie des Carrosses in the Grande Ecurie is the new name.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Chateau de Versailles on the gallery

Tourist office of Versailles on the Gallery of Coaches

Hope you enjoy it with the family lots of nice wagon/coaches and even more history in them. And Remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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