It was Cardinal Richelieu who commissioned this lovely palace with its quiet garden courtyard of carefully manicured rose bushes, fountains and rows of leafy trees. On his death it was left to Louis XIII.
After that it had a varied history: it was transformed by Philippe IV who allowed cafés and businesses to open under the arches, turning it into a popular gathering place for the public.
The palace was witness to several episodes of the French Revolution before becoming national property in 1793.
At one time reclaimed by the Orleans royal family, it passed again to the State in 1871 and housed various institutions.
In 1985, the installation of the striped columns by Daniel Buren in the courtyard sparked off a passionate public debate. In 2000, the installation of the “kiosque des noctambules”, a dome made of glass pearls created by Jean-Michel Othoniel on the adjoining Place Colette celebrated once again the alliance of history and modernity.
From Tuesday 1 April to Saturday 31 May 2014 :
Every day, from 07:00 to 22:15
From Sunday 1 June to Sunday 31 August 2014 :
Every day, from 07:00 to 23:00
From Monday 1 to Tuesday 30 September 2014 :
Every day, from 07:00 to 21:30
From Wednesday 1 October to Wednesday 31 December 2014 :
Every day, from 07:30 to 20:30
Admission prices :