Since 2015, the Château de Fontainebleau has been part of a master plan for renovation. In this framework, it carries out numerous works to comply with safety regulations and improve the reception of its visitors. Work on the sound alarms requires the temporary modification of the visit circuit.
- From November 9 to January 2: first phase of construction, one part of the State Apartments are closed.
The Château de Fontainebleau still offers visitors: The Napoleon I Museum, Great Events Gallery, Pope’s Apartment, François I Gallery, Guardroom, Salle de Bal, Saint-Louis rooms, Trinity Chapel, interior apartments, accessible via the Council Room.
- From January 2 to January 21: second phase of work, all of the Private Apartments are closed to visitors. This second phase of work, which deals with the Private Apartments as a whole, will still allow access to the following spaces: the Napoleon I Museum, Great Events Gallery, Pope’s Apartment, François I Gallery, Guardroom, Salle de Bal, Saint-Louis Rooms and the Trinity Chapel.
During these two periods, the Pope’s apartment will be specially opened every day!
From November 9th to January 2nd
Saint-Louis Staircase: an exceptional space open to visitorsThe Château de Fontainebleau was built around the current Oval Court. Of this medieval palace, what remains are the keep, the massive square-shaped construction, and the oval layout of the oldest of its courtyards. The Saint-Louis staircase or the Louis-Philippe staircase is located within this medieval pavilion, the oldest of the castle. It was where the king’s bedroom was located and where King Saint-Louis resided. In oak wood, its carved ornaments dating from the 19th century were created molds of the horseshoe staircase! Attached to the keep, the staircase opens onto the François I Gallery as well as the Council Room. Beginning November 9, visitors are invited to discover this royal staircase, a jewel of the Château de Fontainebleau.
From January 2nd to 20th
Exceptional priceIn the context of those security works, the Château de Fontainebleau agree to an exceptional price for general admission ticket at €9, from January 2nd to 20th. Benefit from majestic places, at an exceptional price! The general tour will allow you to (re)discover: the Napoléon I Museum, Great Events Gallery, Pope’s Apartment, François I Gallery, Guardroom, Salle de Bal, Saint-Louis Rooms and the Trinity Chapel. For a complete experience, including the Grands Appartements, come back to the Chateau from Saturday, January 21st 2023.
Discover the château
Complete your visit with these thematic guided tours
The Imperial Theatre
The Imperial Theatre was constructred in the Louis XV wing by Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie. Inspired by the theatre of Marie-Antoinette at Trianon, this jewel of the Second Empire with 400 seats was inaugurated in 1857.
The Private Apartments
To escape the constraints of Court life, the sovereigns built the Private Apartments to enjoy quieter moments. Visitors can come and discover many rooms dating mainly from the First Empire.