The Museum of the History of France

Louis XVI’s cousin, Louis-Philippe became King of the French in 1830 and decided to turn the palace of Versailles into a museum dedicated to « all the glories of France », destroying many prince’s apartments, but saving the palace from neglect. Inaugurated in 1837, this museum gathered works of art illustrating the great events and characters of French history and aimed to reconcile the partisans of all political regimes that had succeeded one another since 1789 and to establish the legitimity of the king of the French.