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2021 Napoleon Year: key events

Napoleon died 200 years ago on 5 May 1821. Discover the events being organised in the Paris Region to commemorate the bicentenary of his death and the places imbued with his memory.

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Paris Region is assembling a host of events commemorating Napoleon I and the Empire period. On the occasion of the bicentenary of his death in 2021, discover an extraordinary program ranging across the entire year and the whole region, in locations as remarkable as the Château de Fontainebleau that was so dear to the Emperor’s heart, unique exhibitions at the Musée de l’Armée and under La Villette’s Grande Halle, or historical reconstructions in the gardens of the Grand Trianon in Versailles and Fontainebleau. The Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Château de Malmaison…

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon in the Paris Region.

Napoleon: exhibitions and shows

Explore a selection of exhibitions and shows to mark the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon, telling the incredible story of a complex character, admired by some and vilified by others, victorious and defeated, heroic and tragic… with a romantic legend that continues to fascinate to this day. A man of war but also a patron and lover of the arts and architecture, Napoleon I was an advocate of the excellence of French know-how in cabinet-making, goldsmithing and fashion… Do you know the real story behind his last moments… his funeral… and the return of his ashes? Though depicted endlessly, what is his real face… and who is the man behind the legend? What remains of his legacy two hundred years after his death ? Find the answer to these fascinating questions and topics at the exhibitions and events being held throughout the year in the Paris Region.

Until 12/19/2021
Exhibition ticket - Napoléon
from 20 €
Art & culture Events
Admired by some, hated by others, one thing is certain: the character of Napoleon Bonaparte leaves no one indifferent. Between heroism and tragedy, victory and…

La chambre à coucher
Martin Guillaume Biennais, the goldsmith of Napoleon I
Art & culture Events
On the occasion of the bicentenary of the Emperor's death in 2021, the Caillebotte family house, cousins of the Biennais, presents the incredible destiny of Guillaume Martin Biennais, this modest craftsman who became Napoleon I's official goldsmith.

Bois de Boulogne
Napoleon is no more
Art & culture Events
REOPENING ON 19 MAY 2021 - Explore the Army Museum's exhibition on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Napoleon I's death.

Napoléon aux 1001 visages (Napoleon's 1001 faces)
Art & culture Events
Between images and legends, the many representations of Napoleon can be discovered at the Château de Malmaison, west of Paris

La nuit aux Invalides
La Nuit aux Invalides
The 9th edition of the Nuit aux Invalides celebrates the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death with its new show, « L’envol de l’Aigle ». The Napoleonic legend is revealed on the magnificent facades of the Hôtel des Invalides.

Château de Fontainebleau
A palace for the Emperor. Napoleon I at Fontainebleau
Art & culture Events
Through architecture, painting, sculpture, the gardens and decorative arts… while simultaneously telling the “great story”, the exhibition deals with the work of Napoleon at Fontainebleau – a key period in the château’s history.

Napoleon: historical reconstructions

Relive the heyday of the Napoleonic era through major historical frescoes staged by enthusiastic and fascinating costumed re-enactors. For one weekend in September, the famous regiments of the Empire will come to life in the gardens of the Trianon in Versailles, while in October, Napoleon, preparing to go into exile on the island of Elba, will deliver his famous farewell speech of 20 April 1814 to his loyal soldiers in the main courtyard of the Château de Fontainebleau. Military camps, bivouacs, troop inspections, cannon fire… history has never seemed so real!

Bois de Boulogne
Napoleon at Versailles
On 11 and 12 September 2021, you have an appointment with Napoleon and history in the gardens of the Grand Trianon at the Château de Versailles. A festive weekend and a great historical re-enactment.

Napoléon 1er à Fontainebleau
Weekend of re-enactments to meet Napoleon I
Art & culture Events
Every year, the Château de Fontainebleau opens its doors for a weekend to the professional reenactment community. In 2021, to mark the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death, they will be revisiting the epic event of Napoleon’s Farewell to his guard.

Napoleon and the Empire in Paris Region

The Arc de Triomphe in the Place de l’Étoile, its sister in the Carrousel du Louvre, the Vendôme column, the Panthéon… Napoleon’s Paris is a tribute to his “Grande Armée” and military conquests. But going beyond the military architecture, Napoleon’s presence is also found in many major cultural sites in the Paris Region. In the Château de Fontainebleau that he loved so much, the Château de Rambouillet and its hunting grounds, the Château de Malmaison where he lived in complete privacy with Joséphine, his first wife… he left his mark and vision of the greatness of France, even going as far as to create the Légion d’honneur medal to reward civilian merit and military bravery. Today, he rests beneath the dome of the Invalides in a red quartzite tomb placed on a green granite plinth, watched over by his Marshals of the Empire and the memory of his victorious battles.

Parcours " Napoléon à Fontainebleau"
The “Napoleon at Fontainebleau” visitor experience
Art & culture Events
The “Napoleon at Fontainebleau” experience, with its visitors’ tour of the château and its gardens, takes you on a journey of discovery of the arrangements ordered by the Emperor for this “home of kings” that he loved so much.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris.
Arc de triomphe
Art & culture
Overlooking the mythical Avenue des Champs-Élysées, this historic monument commands a splendid view over Paris, and remains a symbol of Napoleonic grandeur.

Panthéon, vue sur Paris
Art & culture
REOPENING ON 19 MAY 2021 - At the heart of the Latin Quarter, this impressive monument is dedicated to the men and women who have marked the history of France.

la prairie concue par Joséphine
Château de Malmaison
Art & culture
West of Paris, in a beautiful green setting, the Château de Malmaison invites you into the intimacy of Napoleon and Josephine.

Château de Rambouillet
Château de Rambouillet
Art & culture Strolls
REOPENING ON 19 MAY 2021 - In the heart of the Rambouillet forest, experience the intimacy of this once royal residence, which has been home to the greatest figures of French history, from Francis I to the Presidents of the Republic.

Hôtel national des Invalides, tombeau de Napoléon, Paris 2017.
Dôme des Invalides - Tomb of Napoléon I
Art & culture
A Parisian landmark, clearly visible from the Seine, this former royal chapel commissioned by the Sun King, Louis XIV, holds the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Musée de la Légion d'honneur et des ordres de chevalerie
Musée de la Légion d'honneur et des ordres de chevalerie
Unusual Art & culture
The Musée de la Légion d’Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie presents a unique collection of medals and decorations spanning 1,000 years of world history.

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