Versailles
Treasures from the Palace

until 17 April 2017

Don’t miss out on the only chance to experience the life, culture and art of Versailles outside of France. Book now to see these world-famous treasures before it’s too late.

This sumptuous exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and experience here in Australia a fascinating and often tumultuous period in French history. For the first time ever, treasures including royal paintings, intricate tapestries and luxurious gilded furniture have traveled from France to entice visitors into a world of power, passion and luxury through this epic exhibition.

Ranging from small objects such as Marie-Antoinette's hand-crafted chair and harp to huge works including six-metre tapestries produced for Louis XIV, the treasures bring to life the reigns of three kings, their queens and mistresses.

The exhibition celebrates the lives, loves and passions of the people of Versailles through a full program of activities including music performances, children's programs and public events.

The NGA has worked exclusively with master perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian, in scenting the foyer of the exhibition space with a fragrance inspired by Louis XIV to create an immersive and unforgettable exhibition experience.

‘There is so much excitement around this unique exhibition. I encourage all Australians to see this once-in-a-lifetime event.’
Tina Arena

 

Tickets available now

Until 17 April 2017

General admission

To purchase your ticket to Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, select the date from the calendar and your ticket option. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Christmas Day

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Premium Experience

Weekends only, 9am-10am
Premium tickets provide access to exclusive exhibition viewing with a limited group people before the doors open to the general public. Available every weekend from 9am-10am. You can continue to enjoy the exhibition after 10am until 5pm.

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Gift vouchers

A ticket to Versailles: Treasures from the Palace is a superb gift and the recipient can exchange the gift voucher for a ticket at the NGA or at any Ticketek agencies nationally. Gift vouchers can be exchanged for any dates that have tickets available.

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Group bookings

Discounts are available to groups of ten or more people so if you would like to share the experience with family, friends or work and social groups simply make your selections below and call 1300 364 001.

Season tickets

A season pass offers the freedom to experience the exhibition as many times as you like.

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Ticket prices  
Adult $27.00
Adult + Catalogue $76.95
Adult + Champagne $47.00
Adult Group (10+ people) $24.00
Adult Premium (Sat/Sun 9-10am entry after 10am incl) $55.00
Adult Season $81.00
Children (accompanied - 16 years and under) Free
Concession / Student $25.00
Concession / Student Season $75.00
Concession + Catalogue $74.95
Concession + Champagne $45.00
Concession Group (10+ people) $22.00
NGA Member $20.00
NGA Member + Catalogue $64.95
NGA Member + Champagne $40.00
NGA Member Premium (Sat/Sun 9-10am entry after 10am incl) $45.00
NGA Member Season $60.00
Audio Guide $7.00
  • There is no concession premium ticket.
  • Member entitlements: if you are a member of any state galleries, the Powerhouse Museum or MCA you are entitled to access NGA Member prices.
  • Tickets purchased through the NGA Ticketek Box office do not incur a transaction fee. Additional fees apply for online and Ticketek office bookings, see ticketek.com.au.

Moët & Chandon champagne package

Indulge in the luxury of the Palace with our champagne package. Enjoy a glass of Moët & Chandon before you experience the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition.

The champagne-infused hedonism of Versailles is legendary. For the majority of his reign, Louis XIV drank champagne almost exclusively at the extravagant Palace parties. The mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, was a highly influential tastemaker and propelled Moët & Chandon to become the champagne of choice throughout royal courts of Europe. These celebratory traditions established in Versailles still continue today.

Tours

Join a Gallery guide for a tour of the exhibition daily at 11.00am, 12 noon or 2.00pm. Free with exhibition entry.

Audio guides

Audio guides are available for adults and children in English and French, or why not experience a music tour? Download from the Apple or Google Play app stores or hire an iPod from the NGA preloaded with all tours for $7. These can be pre-purchased to be collected when you arrive.

Auslan tours

Download the OpenAccess tour app from the Apple or Google Play app stores, which includes an Auslan tour and captioned audio, or hire an iPod from the NGA with an Auslan sign-interpreted video tour for $7.

Exhibition catalogue

Pre-purchase the lavishly illustrated Versailles: Treasures from the Palace catalogue to discover more about the luxury and grandeur of the Palace of Versailles.

Accomodation packages
Accor Hotels are our Exclusive Accommodation Partner for Versailles, so check out all their great offers.

Hotel Bookings

Travel packages
Murrays Coaches offer a daily express service from Sydney, as well as great value packages that can be booked online.

Coach bookings

Special events + programs

A rich calendar of events will be available to coincide with the exhibition.

Hear experts speak on a range of topics, listen to music from Versailles and get creative with a range of programs for all ages accompanying the exhibition.

Opening weekend festivities include free lectures by NGA Director Gerard Vaughan and art critic for The Australian, Christopher Allen, on 10 December, period painting demonstrations and pop-up performances. 

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The king who loved music

ABC Classic FM free concert live broadcast
In a tribute to the allure of baroque music from the court of Versailles, musicians from the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra perform Lully, Rameau, Couperin, Charpentier and Marais - composers who provided music to the King Louis XIV and his court.

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Versailles Conference

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 March 2017
Explore the enduring influence and resonance of Versailles, its desires and self-perceptions of modernity, from film to fashion to architecture. Learn more + Booking details

 

Learning experiences + resources

Free guided tours for education groups

9.00–10.00am Monday–Friday term time
This is a fantastic opportunity to show your students treasures from the Palace of Versailles exclusively in Canberra and discover our new NGA Play space, the Versailles activity room.

Learning resources online for primary, secondary and senior students

Free Visual Arts, French language and Design and Technology educational activities and resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum will be available on the NGA Versailles website shortly. French language resources were produced by the Modern Language Teachers Association of the ACT in conjunction with the NGA.

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Teacher professional development

Saturday 10 December 9.00–11.00am and 4 February 2017 10.00am – 12 noon
Save the date! Two sessions for preschool, primary and secondary teachers will be held to introduce the exhibition, the learning resources and curriculum links for Visual Arts, French and Design and Technology. Includes complementary entry to the exhibition. To RSVP please email.

Learning programs at the NGA are proudly supported by Tim Fairfax in honour of Betty Churcher.

Exhibition partners

This exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of the Exhibition Patrons:

Philip Bacon AM │ Kay Bryan │ Krystyna Campbell-Pretty │ The Hon Ashley Dawson-Damer AM │ Paula Fox AO │ Ginny Green and Leslie Green │ Wayne Kratzmann │ Justin Miller │ Lady Potter AC │ Lyn Williams AM