Galerie des Gobelins
In the 17th century, Colbert, a minister under Louis XIV, founded “The Royal Factory of Furniture and Tapestries to the Crown” on this site. Dedicated to furnishing the royal residences, it employed tapestry weavers, painters, metalsmiths, engravers and cabinetmakers. Production has continued, right up to the present day. The current complex includes the Gobelins Manufactory, the Mobilier National and, since the 1930s, the Beauvais (tapestries) and Savonnerie (carpets) Manufactories.
More than 200,000 exceptional pieces
Alongside the magnificent buildings, organised guided tours give visitors the chance to admire the manufactories’ rich, 200,000-piece collections. Around twenty loom-setters still work in the ateliers, which, since 1964, have been used by some of the great names in French design, including Pierre Paulin, Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec.
Created in 1663, the Mobilier National was originally conceived as a place to store furnishings from the royal residences. Now dedicated to the Élysée Palace and the French Ministries, it houses more than 80,000 pieces of furniture and textiles, originally created for royal and imperial usage, which it conserves and restores.
The Galerie des Gobelins traces the golden age of these institutions. Its temporary exhibitions, on show in large period rooms, successfully combine displays of ancient, exceptional savoir-faire with contemporary works.
Access and contact
Metro Les Gobelins, line 7 Bus 27, 47, 83, 91
Days and opening hours
Every day throughout the year between 11 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Galerie des Gobelins : visit exhibition with lecturer for individuals on saturday at 15h.
- Full price: from 8 €.
Single mean time tour60 mins
Single services tour
- Unguided individual tours available permanently
- Guided individual tours available permanently