Historical reenactment at the Château de Fontainebleau

Every year, the Château de Fontainebleau brings Napoleon I and Marie-Louise back to life for a weekend of historical reenactment. On Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21, 2019, over 300 history passionate will make us relive the court of Napoleon including a ball, shows, sketches and tours of the private Petits Appartements of the Emperor. Let’s travel back to 1810!

Every year, the Château de Fontainebleau crosses the centuries to make us relive the daily life of Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Marie-Louise, just for a weekend.

Over 350 history fans dressed in period costumes (the reenactors) take over the Château like in 1810, the year of the Imperial stay in Fontainebleau.

As a history memento, Napoleon Bonaparte loved staying in Fontainebleau a lot: when he was only consul, the Château de Fontainebleau used to be the Ecole Spéciale Militaire [Special Military School]. No problem, he would give Fontainebleau the rose of a residence as soon as he reaches power, entrusting architect Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine to find period furniture and conduct the necessary work to inhabit it.

Starting in 1808, Napoleon could enjoy Fontainebleau with his Court. He has the armory purchased to house his people and design an English garden to warm up before the hunt! It’s in this very residence that Napoleon lived his happiest moments and the Historical Reenactment enables us to picture it all!

According to when you’ll visit, you can enjoy concerts, small productions of historic moments in the château as well as the review of the troops by Napoleon (200 reenactors dressed as soldiers will be present in the gardens and perform maneuvers all day long!) and many more events each more fascinating than the last.

On the menu of the historical reenactment in Fontainebleau:

Saturday April 20, 2019:

  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: soldier’s school, drum school, officer’s school in the English garden
  • 10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.: “How to behave at court” in the ball room
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: parade of horse-back riding hussars around the Grand Parterre
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: platoon’s school, review of the troops in the Jardin Anglais
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: “How to behave at court” in the ball room
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: workshop for children “budding strategists”
  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Imperial procession in the Galerie François Ier
  • 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Council of the Emperor’s house in the Ball room
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Imperial procession in the Galerie François Ier
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.: battalion formation in the English garden
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: platoon’s school in the English garden
  • 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.: stag-hunting departure in the Cour Ovale
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: workshop for children “budding strategists”
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: horse ride of the Emperor and his men
  • 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: “How to behave at court” in the ball room
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: 1st empire dance lesson in the salle des Colonnes
  • 4 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: “How to behave at court” in the ball room
  • 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: 1st empire dance lesson in the salle des Colonnes
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 5 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: Imperial procession in the Galerie François Ier
  • 5:15 p.m.: review of the troops in the Cour d’Honneur
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: 1st empire dance lesson in the salle des Colonnes

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Sunday April 21, 2019:

  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: soldier’s school, drum school, officer’s school in the English garden
  • 10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: “How to behave at court” in the ball room
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: parade of horse-back riding hussars around the Grand Parterre
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: platoon’s school, review of the troops in the Jardin Anglais
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: “How to behave at court” in the ball room
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: workshop for children “budding strategists”
  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Imperial procession in the Galerie François Ier
  • 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Council of the Emperor’s house in the Ball room
  • 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Imperial procession in the Galerie François Ier
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: battalion’s school in the English garden
  • 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.: Italian ambassadors welcome in the Ball Room
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: 1st empire dance lesson in the salle des Colonnes
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Imperial procession in the Galerie François Ier
  • 3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: participative drama sketch: “How to behave at court” in the Ball Room
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: workshop for children “budding strategists”
  • 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité
  • 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: 1st empire dance lesson in the salle des Colonnes
  • 3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Imperial procession in the Galerie François Ier
  • 4 p.m.: review of the troops in the Cour d’Honneur
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: 1st empire dance lesson in the salle des Colonnes
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: performed tour: “at the service of the Emperor and the Empress” in the Petits Appartements
  • 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: walk in the gardens
  • 4:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.: “How to behave at Court” in the Ball room
  • 5 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.: concert in the Chapelle de la Trinité

Every day will have its share of surprises! The biggest history enthusiasts can even leave with jewels, Napoleon accessories, hats, costumes and even pastries from another time

In other words, an even you don’t want to miss!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 5 April 2019

Practical information

Opening Time
From 20 April 2019 to 21 April 2019

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    Location

    77300 Fontainebleau
    77300 Fontainebleau

    Prices
    entrée château + bivouac, -3 ans: Free
    entrée au bivouac: 4 €
    entrée château + bivouac: 14 €

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    www.musee-chateau-fontainebleau.fr

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