An Inquisitive Prince

The Destiny of the Count of Artois' Cabinet of Curiosities

This exhibition sheds new light on the birth of a formidable collection of objects from around the world. It originates from the ambition and curiosity of a prince, Charles-Philippe de France, Count of Artois, younger brother of King Louis XVI

Production in scientific partnership with the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, with the exceptional participation of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Versailles, Central Library - Foreign Affairs Gallery

from September 18 to December 11, 2021

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Current and past events

September 18, 2021 - Exhibition "The Curiosity of a Prince"

In 1806, the Versailles Public Library received an extraordinary collection of objects from around the world, most of which can be found today in the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. The collections expanded considerably during the nineteenth century, due to the generosity of a number of Versaillais donors. When the musée d’Ethnographie du Trocadéro in Paris took over the collection in 1934, it comprised roughly 534 items from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

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