Chateau de Versailles lost it's primary function of being the official seat of power for good after the July Revolution and the establishment of the July Monarchy in 1830. Shortly afterwards Louis-Philppe proposed Versailles to be opened up as a Museum dedicated to the 'Glory of France'. At this point, the role of Versailles was changed forever and it become the Museum of the History of France, which opened its door to the general public in 1837.
Large numbers of paintings, sculpture and other artworks were brought into Versailles to the tune of 60,000 pieces, spread throughout the palace buildings and grounds. Today this includes the Grand Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Battle Gallery, Halls of the Crusades and other palace rooms and halls. Additionally, the museum includes the Garden grounds, its many fountains, statues as well as the Grand and Petite Trianon buildings.
Today, as a museum, Versailles de Chateau receives some 4 million annual visitors and is a very popular day trip activity for those visiting Paris. In order to explore the grounds well, its best to plan a full day out at Versailles.
Note: Entry into the palace grounds including the Chateau, Gardens, Grand and Petite Trianon is included as part of the Paris Museum Pass.
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