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Discover the museums in the imperial Château de Compiégne and immerse yourself in the world of the rich and powerful


  • Discover Paris the smart way: one ticket – over 60 attractions, museums and guided tours included! 
  • Included in your Paris City Pass is the Paris Museum Pass which gives you free and priority entry to the city's most popular museums and monuments! 
  • No advance booking is required for this attraction – your City Pass is your admission ticket 
  • The apartments of Napoleon I and Napoleon III show how the rich and powerful lived 
  • The exhibitions include collections on the Second Empire and the National Car Museum 
  • The well-kept historical park is also beautiful 

The royal and imperial palace of Compiège: a favourite place of the French nobility

What awaits you on site


Built by Louis XV and Louis XVI, and remodelled by both Napoleon I and Napoleon III, the Château de Compiègne was a centre for court life and the exercise of power. The originality and beauty of this, the biggest neo-classical palace in France, and the quality of its interior décor and furnishings make for a unique ensemble. Alongside Versailles and Fontainebleau, this historic place is one of the three largest royal and imperial residences in France. 

Like all royal and imperial residences, the Château de Compiègne is made up of a number of vast spaces that were essential to court life: antechambers and ceremonial halls lead to the apartments of the Emperor and Empress, the Galerie de Bal (ballroom) and the chapel. The Emperor’s Apartment is located at the heart of the Château de Compiègne. It occupies the entire central part of the façade which looks out over park and stretches from the dining room to the library. 

How to get there

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Address: Place du Général de Gaulle, 60200 Compiègne, Oise, France 

Good to know

  • Opening hours
    Château de Compiègne
    Daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
    Closed on Tuesdays
    Flats of the Emperor and Epress:
    Monday and Wednesday to Sunday
    15 March to 01 November 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (last admission 5.15 pm)
    2 November to 14 March 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (last admission 3.15 pm)
    Closed on Tuesdays
    Museum of the Second Empire:
    Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    15 March to 01 November 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
     2 November to 14 March 10.00 am to 12.00 pm and 4.15 pm to 6.00 pm
    Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
    National Car Museum:
    15 March to 01 November
    Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm
    Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
    2 November to 14 March Monday and Friday 4.15 pm to 6 pm
    Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 6pm
    Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Recurring closures: 1 January, 1 May, 25 December 

This museum is included in your Paris City Pass


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