Friends of Fontainebleau!

Ok as I have mentioned it several times in my blog, let me do a single short post on it. I am very much into architecture and history and of course very much influence by the French, not just been one now ,but even from before. As a consequence, even before moving permanently to live in France I was friend of many monumental institution.

When came to France in 2003, shortly thereafter a group was founded in Fontainebleau to help preserve the castle and I was one of the first member since 2007! It is a glorious place of the history of France and Europe and even the World there. I will not go much into that because written plenty on it in my blog. If you ever need info to get there what to see and best to see it let me know.

For now, let me tell you about the Friends of the Castle of Fontainebleau.

I like to have memories and nowdays even more. I remember Fontainebleau castle as it was the property in Seine et Marne dept 77 that my late wife Martine, took me first to show me her department/region back in 1990. We have come here ever since,and it is one of my favorite castles been friend of the association that helps protect its heritage.

The Société des Amis et Mécènes du Château de Fontainebleau (SAMCF) or the Society of Friends and Patrons of the Château de Fontainebleau, created in February 2006, is an association governed by the law of 1901 ,non profit organisation. It brings together many members worldwide. The extraordinary general assembly of October 2014 changed its name, which became the Amis du château de Fontainebleau (ACF). Or Friends of the Château de Fontainebleau.


The goals of ACF are to increase awareness of the Château de Fontainebleau, its gardens, its park, develop activities likely to highlight and conserve this exceptional historical and artistic heritage and contribute to the enrichment and restoration of the museum and its collections supporting sponsorship ,etc.

A friend of the Château de Fontainebleau benefits from: Free entry to the castle all year round, Access to visits led by specialists, cultural trips and specific conferences, periodical publications (newsletters by email, semi-annual newsletter, flash info); an invitation to the temporary exhibitions of the castle on the day of their inauguration and a 5% discount at the boutique of the castle. Additional advantages reserved for benefactor members: Invitation to the opening of exhibitions mounted by the château , and preferencial presentations.

It is located at the Pavillon des Vitriers (mirrors pavilion) upon entering the castle by the main grille entrance immediately to your left hand side. The permanent office is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 14h to 17h; Fridays, 10h to 13h; the office is closed on Tuesdays and weekends. Contact by phone +33 (0) 1 64 23 58 46; and by email:

Their official ACF webpage in French is here: Amis du Chateau de Fontainebleau

In the official page of the Château de Fontainebleau you will find in English a page related to the American friends of the Castle of Fontainebleau: more info here: Chateau de Fontainebleau on the American Friends of the Castle

For further info, there is also a similar association for the forest which I am not a member ,but very nice too for info is the Asssociation des Amis de la Forêt de Fontainebleau or Association of Friends of the Fontainebleau Forest. Their office is located at 26 rue de la Cloche,(Maison des Compagnons) corner to rue des Pins: go out from castle main grille gate turn right continue along Rue Grande to rue de la Cloche turn left and office is on right hand side. More info here:

Hope you enjoy the information and take as a goodwill post to showcase a valuable property for all of us. Hope to see you by, and enjoy it as we do. Disclaimer, this post is only my personal opinion and gesture/effort, nothing to do with the ACF.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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