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

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.

TOP TIP: admission ticket to the Château de Maisons is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

Community facilities

Access and contact

2 avenue Carnot
78600 Maisons-Laffitte

RER : Maison-Laffite (Line A)

Days and opening hours

From 02/01 to 1505 between 10 am and 5 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Closed exceptionally on May 1st. Opening hours : 10:00-12:30 / 14:00-17:00

Last entrance 30 minutes before closing Hours subject to change.

From 1605 to 1509 between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Opening hours : 10:00-12:30 / 14:00-18:00

Last entrance 30 minutes before closing Hours subject to change.

From 1609 to 3112 between 10 am and 5 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Closed exceptionally on bank holidays. Opening hours : 10:00-12:30 / 14:00-17:00

Last entrance 30 minutes before closing Hours subject to change.

Prices

  • 8 €
  • From 1605 to 15/09/2019 Adult: 8 € Group children: 30 € Set price group adults: 6.50 €.

    From 1609 to 31/12/2019 Adult: 8 € Group children: 30 € Set price group adults: 6.50 €.

    From 02/01 to 15/05/2020 Adult: 8 € Group children: 30 € Set price group adults: 6.50 €.

    Free entry for children < 18 years, disabled people and accompanying persons. Group rate available for > 20 people.

    Free for : -18-25 years old (European Union citizens and regular residents non-euopeans on European Union territory) - For all, every first sunday of the month from 1st of October to 31st of May

    Included in the Paris Museum Pass.

Facility

  • Toilets

Services

  • Room hire
  • Shop

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French

Guided tour languages

  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Chinese

Single mean time tour

45 mins
From 09/15/2019 to 12/31/2019
from 9€10
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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 (if possible 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 (if possible 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)

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