Carriages museum of Vaux-le-Vicomte!

You probably have heard of this castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte! It is one of the most popular castle destinations in my the Seine et Marne dept 77 of my belle France. As you ,also, probably know by now the story behind its construction and demise of its original owner. I have written before on the castle ,but there is always more in my belle France.

I like to tell you about a wonderful hugely beautiful historical carriage museum inside the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Oh yes , as I am a purist this is not Paris ok! The Château de Vaux le Vicomte is not name for the city, the village we better describe it is call Maincy postal code 77950 with a population of about 1700 inhabitants. This is in Seine et Marne dept 77 of the Ïle de France region. You know the personage in history as Nicolas Fouquet, and I have told you he purchase the land of Vaux in 1641 from the inheritance of his decease wife. In 1657, he hired the Architect Louis Le Vau to build a castle , the Painter Le Brun to do its decorations, and the Gardener Le Nôtre to create the gardens. However, the rest is in another post.

I like to tell you here the story in the the large stables of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, and discover an exhibition of magnificent vintage carriages and more. Take a step back in time! Carriages, harnesses, harnessed horses, coachmen, valets and passengers revive, the time of the visit, the art of master body builders. The carriages of the 17C, 18C and 19C are presented in decorations on the themes of the city, the countryside and hunting. In the second part of the museum, the estate offers an exhibition of two trades: the saddler and the blacksmith. Finally, the Crew Museum ends with an exhibition of equipment for horses. Harnesses, bridles, bits and other maintenance equipment that will delight equestrian enthusiasts like us.   These centuries-old carriages, horses and coachmen bear witness to history. The museum is an integral part of the castle and the gardens, so they are included in the general admission price.


A bit of a description with some of my favorites as I am friend of the castle for years are :

The carriage museum created inside the stables and outbuildings of the property. Presented next to the reconstruction of a forge, it rubs shoulders with other service carriages, fire engine, game car. One of the common activities of the nobility was hunting. To bring the prey back, game carriages were used. The wicker carriage is equipped with numerous hooks allowing to suspend the killed game.

The litter carriage presents us with one of the rare examples remaining in France. This mule chair was used for city trips and was led by footmen. This carriage, which is said to have been built in France, is lined with crimson damask and decorated with gilding and landscape paintings.

In the 17C, a fast carriage appeared; the post chair. The creation is credited in 1664 or 1679, the first post chairs were invented by a certain de la Gruyère. The exclusive privilege is granted to the Marquis de Créan. It was suspended from Dalesme springs and leather loungers, its body, supported by two large wheels, can only be accessed by a door on the front. The postilion was mounted on the left on this team of two or three horses.

The Briska was a type of carriage of Russian origin. The flat-bottomed box can be transformed into a berth. The hood, while bending down, protects travelers to a certain extent from rain and wind. This travel carriage, harnessed to 2.4, or 6 horses, was driven by a coachman or a postilion.

The sleeper carriage is not a type of carriage proper but the adaptation of sedans or coupes for long trips. The front and rear panels, fitted with leather bellows, allowed a perfect seal. Depending on the size of the carriage, comfort could be limited, sleeping more like a lounge chair than a real bed. These carriages were often used by the military. Everyone, for example, has heard of Napoleon’s sleeper. It was the carriage of choice for generals and marshals. It was fitted at the rear with a saber box, belonged to General Le Grand de Mercey. It was built in 1805 in Beirut.


La Coureuse carriage was a splendid 8-spring carriage built by A.Getting in Paris in 1840 and belonged to Lord Lonsdale. The large coupe or gala coupe; this carriage is a variation of the sedan, of which or would have removed the front. It belonged to the Noailles family and would have been used by Charles X to flee Paris during the 1830 revolution. The frame of the coachman’s seat is hidden by a richly decorated sheet cover.

The Horse-drawn carriage ; this name is often used in the wrong way as a generic term for horse-drawn carriages. It actually designates a horse-drawn vehicle that corresponds to a specific type of carriage of rare elegance. Luxury discovery carriage with two bottoms, each containing a seat for two people. It is accessed by two small open doors in the center of the side panels. Only the rear seat is sheltered by a hood. The one here belonged to Count Mollé, Prime Minister of Louis Philippe, king of the French.


There are information to get here on public transports , but I always come here by car from  Versailles or Pluvigner, However, most will be coming from Paris . One route that is the easiest is to take the A4 from Paris direction Troyes, Nancy, Melun then the N104 direction Melun, Montereau-Fault-Yonne, then A5b exit or sortie 14 Voisenon on the D82 or route de Voisenon, roundpoint traffic circle take the D636 road and rapidly on the D215 road directoin Maincy to castle on right hand side. Trains leave from Paris Gare de L’Est , and need a shuttle bus.

The official Château Vaux-le-Vicomte on the Carriage Museum

And this is the village of Maincy on its heritage, the castle of Vaux le Vicomte

The local Melun Val de Seine tourist office on the castle

The Seine et Marne dept 77 tourist office on the castle

The ïle de France region tourist board on the castle

There you go folks, another wonder in wonderful Seine et Marne dept 77 of my belle France. This is a must when visiting France me think, hugely architecturally and historically stunning, Château de Vaux le Vicomte.

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

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