Museum of the History of France

Museum (France)
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In the 19th century Versailles underwent a new destiny: that of becoming the museum of the history of France, dedicated to "all the glories" of the country, pursuant to the wishes of Louis-Philippe, the new King of the French, in 1830. The collections, today installed in several of the halls and galleries of the château, were expanded up to the beginning of the 20th century. The museum is currently undergoing a transformation.

While this museum, inaugurated in 1837 and dedicated to "all the glories of France" fulfilled a political wish for Louis-Philippe – that of reconciling the members of the different regimes which had succeeded one another since 1789, thereby consolidating his own legitimacy as King of all the French – it nonetheless remained, with more than 6,000 paintings and 3,000 sculptures, the main iconographic source of French history.

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