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Château de Fontainebleau, view of the Grand Parterre
  • 1927: creation of the National Museum
  • 1981: inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • 2009: creation of the Public Administrative Establishment
  • 2013: adoption of the scientific and cultural project
  • 2015: launch of the masterplan

The château de Fontainebleau is one of the most important historic palaces in France and the only example of a royal residence that was continually inhabited by monarchs for eight centuries, from the medieval period to the Second Empire. At Fontainebleau, like nowhere else, there are layers of history where each era has left its imprint. The château de Fontainebleau, became a national museum in 1927, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981 and classified in its entirety as a historic monument in 2009. Today it covers an area of 130 hectares while the château itself has a total floor area of 45,000 m², spread over eleven levels. It has numerous and extensive outbuildings (Quartier Henri IV, Quartier des Héronnières, Quartier de la République, Vieux Gouvernement) which housed the services which kept the Court running smoothly. It also has world class gardens, renowned for their rare species and variety of pools, fountains and water features, still largely undiscovered by the public. It was at Fontainebleau that the first Grand Canal in France was created (1606-1609) and the largest Parterre in Europe (1660-1664). The château and its park are surrounded by Fontainebleau Forest.

  • 45,000m² surface area spread over 11 levels
  • 1,500 rooms
  • 24,000m² of roofing
  • 2,600 linear metres of façades
  • 1,785 examples of woodworking
  • 5 main courtyards (Cour d’Honneur, Cour des Mathurins, Cour de la Fontaine, Cour des Princes and Cour Ovale), covering a total surface area of 28,000m²
  • Numerous outbuildings (Quartier Henri IV, Quartier des Héronnières, Quartier de la République, Vieux Gouvernement) covering a total surface area of approximately 25,000m²
  • Exceptional collections containing more than 30,000 works
  • Gardens and a park (130 hectares) containing the largest Parterre in Europe, the first of its kind, more than 5,000 trees in rows, a dozen or so pools and fountains, a pond and a grand canal
  • The Fontainebleau estate is classified in its entirety as a Historic Monument
  • It has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1981
  • Fontainebleau is the fourth most visited palace in France, after Versailles, Chambord and Chenonceau
  • 540,000 visitors in 2019, up 56% compared to 2009
  • Public Administrative Establishment since July 2009

The development potential at the château de Fontainebleau was deemed sufficiently important for aPublic Administrative Establishment to be created in 2009. Its two principal missions are to:

  • preserve and promote this exceptional heritage to pass it on to future generations;
  • make it accessible, right now, to as many people as possible.

Since its creation, the Château de Fontainebleau public institution has launched a consultation to set out a conservation, promotion and development plan with a view to making the estate (château, outbuildings, park and gardens) more accessible to a wider audience.

To determine the development potential of the château de Fontainebleau, the Establishment has two guidance documents approved by the Ministry of Culture:a scientific and cultural project and a renovation masterplan that were supplemented with a positioning study.

The scientific and cultural project

Approved in June 2013, the scientific and cultural project of the château de Fontainebleau sets out the broad guidelines to be followed to preserve the château and its collections and to promote them among the public.

Its recommendations include:

  • redesign visitor reception areas at the château;
  • schedule two exhibitions per year, based on the collections at the château;
  • set up two visitor itineraries;
  • relocate the Napoleon I Museum.

The château de Fontainebleau masterplan

In 2015, the Ministry of Culture and Communication gave the château a renovation masterplan, a multiannual investment programme which is aimed at:

  • keeping people and property safe within the regulatory framework for institutions open to the public, while guaranteeing respect for and the integrity of the monument itself;
  • undertaking the conservation, restoration and restructuring works needed for the years ahead;
  • improving the reception areas and services available to the public.

An ambitious objective

As a result of the masterplan, the château de Fontainebleau hopes to achieve the objective of 700,000 visitors, compared to 350,000 in 2009 and 540,000 in 2019.

Composition of the Board of Directors as of 31 December 2019

Chairman of the Board of Directors

  • Jean-François Hebert, President of the Château de Fontainebleau Public Establishment

State Representatives

  • Hervé Barbaret, Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture
  • Philippe Barbat, Director General for Heritage, Ministry of Culture
  • Anne-Solène Rolland, Head of National Museums Department, Ministry of Culture
  • Amélie Verdier, Budget Director, Ministry of Economy and Finance
  • Béatrice Abollivier, Prefect of Seine-et-Marne

Experts

  • Hugues Gall, Member of the Institute
  • Clémentine Gustin-Gomez, Art Historian, Member of the National Treasures Commission
  • Barthélémy Jobert, President of the Sorbonne University Foundation

Members of the Body of General Curators and Heritage Curators

Permanent members:

  • Simon Piechaud, Historic Monuments General Inspector
  • Jehanne Lazaj, Chief Heritage Curator at the château de Fontainebleau

Substitute members:

  • Marie-Anne Sire, General Heritage Curator, Historic Monuments General Inspector
  • Vincent Cochet, Chief Curator at the château de Fontainebleau

Staff representatives

Permanent members:

  • Alexandre Bouclon
  • Dominique Perrin

Substitute members:

  • Marie-Line Patin
  • Richard Sabatin

Mayor of Fontainebleau

  • Frédéric Valletoux

President of the Seine-et-Marne Departmental Council

  • Patrick Septiers

Members in an advisory capacity

  • Isabelle de Gourcuff, Managing Director of the Château de Fontainebleau Public Establishment
  • Vincent Droguet, General Heritage Curator, Director of Heritage and Collections at the château de Fontainebleau
  • Christian de la Rochebrochard, Head of the Department of Budgetary Control at the Ministry of Culture
  • Nicole da Costa, Regional Director of Cultural Affairs of Ile-de-France
  • Sophie Le Dez, Public Establishment accountant

Composition of the Scientific Council as of 31 December 2019

 

The Director of Heritage and Collections

  • Vincent Droguet, General Heritage Curator

 

The Museum and Estate Curators

  • Oriane Beaufils, Heritage Curator
  • Christophe Beyeler, Chief Heritage Curator
  • Vincent Cochet, Chief Heritage Curator
  • Jehanne Lazaj, Heritage Curator
  • Jean Vittet, Chief Heritage Curator

 

The Head of the General Inspectorate of Heritage or his or her representative

  • Simon Piechaud, General Heritage Curator, Heritage Inspector, representing the Head of the Inspectorate of Heritage

 

Heads of cultural action and documentation departments for the Establishment

  • Hugo Plumel, Director of Visitor Services
  • Patricia Kalensky, Head of the scientific resources department

 

Three experts

  • Anne Dion-Tenenbaum, General Curator in the Department of Decorative Arts at the Louvre Museum
  • Isabelle Pallot-Frossard, General Curator, Director of C2RMF
  • Luisa Capodieci, Lecturer at the University of Paris I – Sorbonne
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The castle

The castle is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
From October to March: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (last access at 4:15 pm).
From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

Wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 11.

The tour is fully accessible, except for the Napoleon I and Chinese museums. As a compensation, the exit is through the Oval Court, exceptionally open for the occasion.

It is not necessary to reserve a visit slot for the castle or the gardens.

Coming to the castle

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