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
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.