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Living Museum of the Horse (Musée Vivant du Cheval)
Living Museum of the Horse (Musée Vivant du Cheval)

Living Museum of the Horse (Musée Vivant du Cheval)

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7 Rue du Connétable, Chantilly, France

The Basics

Revamped entirely, the museum reopened in 2013 with fresh exhibition rooms and a larger stable of horses. Travelers may have an immersive experience at the Château de Chantilly, which includes a visit to this unique museum, one of the few in the world dedicated to horses.

Travelers may have an immersive experience at the Château de Chantilly. Excellent audio guides allow visitors to explore the entire château and grounds, the Museum of the Horse, and of course, the grand stables. Additionally, ticket holders experience a 30-minute equestrian show underneath the dome of the Great Stables, with its circular manège and spectators' stands that accommodate 600 people. Finish a perfect day at the restaurant for a Renaissance-themed meal.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families; horse lovers especially.
  • Wear comfortable shoes since the grounds are vast.
  • Admission is US$17 for tickets, which gives access to the château, grounds, stables, museum, and includes audio guide and a dressage demonstration.
  • Special exhibits and audio guides cater to children.
  • A restaurant and cafe are on site.
  • Round trip transport andxa0professional guide may be included. Check specific tours for details.
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How to Get There

The Museum of the Horse is on the grounds of the Chateau de Chantilly, about 34 miles (55 kilometers) directly north of the center of Paris. The easiest way to reach the attraction is by RER train from Gare du Nord in Paris; expect the trip to the Chantilly-Gouvieux station to take about 20 minutes and then an additional 15 minutes to walk to the château. The drive from Paris is about 1 hour; park and then make the same walk to the site.

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When to Get There

The Museum of the Horse is open November - March, Wednesday - Monday, 10:30am - 5pm, and daily from April - October, 10am - 6pm. Chantilly is a place of wonder and beauty at any time of the year, as each season brings its own charms. The best weather is from late spring through early fall, May through September. Come in May for the annual Chantilly Flower Show when growers, collectors, landscapers, professionals descend upon the château.

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Wildcard

Great Stables of Chantilly (Grandes Écuries de Chantilly) Seventh prince of Condé, Louis-Henri de Bourbon, built the palatial stables at Château de Chantilly, and as the legend goes, the eccentric equine lover and aristocrat believed that he would be reincarnated as a horse and so he commissioned architect Jean Aubert to create stables to suit a horse of his princely rank—a veritable palace for horses. They are the largest—and most luxurious—horse stables in Europe, with room for 250 horses and several packs of hounds.

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