Château de Maisons

Château de Maisons

Not far from Paris and the Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, this masterpiece of classical architecture designed by François Mansart served as a model for Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte.

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Description

Christmas 2023

Every weekend until 17 December, the immersive show of Beauty and the Beast takes over the Château de Maisons.
Take an hour-long tour and discover the fabulous love story between Beauty and the Beast in fifteen different scenographies.
Follow Beauty into the heart of this fairytale. In the twinkling of an eye, Beauty and the Beast will take you from the bustling kitchens to the bal under the crystal of century-old chandeliers. In a whirlwind of costumes, sets and music, nearly 500 volunteers and professional actors take you on a magical journey.

The Château de Maisons was built in 1650 between a stretch of the Seine river on one side and the Saint-Germain-en-Laye forest on the other. Easily accessible from Paris by the suburban RER train, this remarkable building is the best-preserved work by the famous architect François Mansart. It marks an architectural turning point between the end of the late Renaissance and the beginnings of classicism.

Light of the Great Age of Louis XIV

Gone are the massive constructions inherited from the Middle Ages. For the first time, the focus of this chateau was on light. The Château de Maisons boasts large openings and a central vestibule with golden columns giving onto a grand winding staircase, a new technique at the time.

Symmetry, balance of forms, elegance in the roofing: the castle is a true architectural manifesto that foreshadowed classical art and was a strong inspiration for the Chateaux of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles.

Guided Tours and Hidden Faces

Inside, you can admire 17th-century tapestries as well as paintings, engravings and furniture from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This magnificent setting has been the backdrop for many films. Walk in the footsteps of Isabelle Adjani as Queen Margot or Uma Thurman in Dangerous Liaisons.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

2 avenue Carnot
78600 Maisons-Laffitte

    RER : Maison-Laffite (Line A)

    Days and opening hours

    From 1605 to 1509, every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    From 1609 to 1505, every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.

    Prices

    • 9 €
    • Adult: 9 €.
      Free entry for children < 18 years, the drivers, Job-seeker, teachers, disabled people and accompanying persons. Group rate available for > 20 people.

    Tour

    Spoken languages

    • English
    • French

    Guided tour languages

    • French

    Documentation languages (home)

    • Dutch
    • German
    • English
    • Spanish
    • French

    Bulletin board languages

    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Italian
    • Chinese

    Single mean time tour

    60 mins

    Single services tour

    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
    • Guided individual tours on request
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    Accessibility

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    Access

    Pratical informations

    Extérieur
    • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
    • floor-level pathways
    • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
    Parking
    • adapted access control to the car park
    • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
    • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
    Accueil
    • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
    • free admission for one accompanying person
    • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
    • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
    • the accessible entrance is the secondary entrance (indicated)
    • staff informed or trained
    • specific tariff policy
    • revolving entrance door
    • automatic entrance door
    • manual entrance door
    Information
    • accessible information plates
    • all documentation graspable
    • performance room with a reserved space
    Vestiaire
    • accessible cloakroom
    Équipements
    • multimedia content access system
    • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
    • floor-level establishment
    • wheelchair loan
    • seated area available
    • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
    Sanitaires
    • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
    • accessible communal toilets
    • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
    • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
    Escalier
    • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
    Ascenseur
    • adapted elevator
    • elevator
    Accueil
    • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
    • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
    • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
    • reservation possible by webcam
    Information
    • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
    Signalétique
    • uniform signage to help people find their way around
    • text/image signage
    Équipements
    • performance or tour assistance aids
    • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
    • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
    • subtitled audiovisuals
    Visite
    • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
    • audioguides equipped with induction loops
    • independent visit possible
    • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
    • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
    • guided tours with lip reading
    Extérieur
    • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
    • exterior pathways visually identifiable
    • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
    Accueil
    • interior pathways identifiable by touch
    • interior pathways visually identifiable
    Équipements
    • audioguide with description elements
    • audioguide with guidance elements
    • Braille documentation
    • documentation in enlarged characters
    • swell paper documentation
    • floor-level establishment
    • offset or no obstacles at face height
    • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
    • possibility to control the lighting
    • magnifying glass loan
    • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
    • audiodescription system
    Visite
    • Legible information plates
    • specific accessible information plates
    • tactile tour
    Extérieur
    • the dangers identified have been addressed
    Information
    • brochures/documentations classified by topic
    • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
    Signalétique
    • adapted signage
    Visite
    • adapted activities
    • educational workshops
    • adapted room cards
    • specific tours
    Extérieur
    • floor-level pathways
    Accueil
    • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
    • children's programme
    • childcare service
    • family tariffs/free admission for children
    Information
    • secure and closed establishment
    Vestiaire
    • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
    • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
    Équipements
    • floor-level establishment
    • baby carrier loan
    • pushchair loan
    Sanitaires
    • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
    • changing table
    Visite
    • audioguides with a children's circuit
    • children's visit booklets/games
    • pushchairs accepted for the tour
    • visioguides with a children's circuit
    Extérieur
    • floor-level pathways
    Accueil
    • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
    • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
    • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
    Vestiaire
    • cloakroom
    Équipements
    • documentation in enlarged characters
    • floor-level establishment
    • wheelchair loan
    • magnifying glass loan
    • cane wheelchair loan
    • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
    Sanitaires
    • horizontal support rail
    • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
    Escalier
    • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
    • private staircase adapted for secure movement
    Ascenseur
    • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
    Visite
    • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
    • audioguides equipped with induction loops
    • Legible information plates
    • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

    2 avenue Carnot
    78600 Maisons-Laffitte


    • Copyright image:
    • Benjamin Gavaudo / Centre des monuments nationaux