Developed in close collaboration with the Hôtel de la Marine, this exclusive journey recounts how a magnificent historical monument was brought back to life, reuniting the collection of a King. The imposing palace on Place de la Concorde was built in the mid-1700s as repository for the furniture of Louis XV. When the naval ministry – headquartered here since 1789 – vacated in 2015, the Centre des Monuments Nationaux (CMN) began a vast restoration to revive the building’s 18th century splendor. Working from detailed inventories left by the superintendents who lived and worked here, the lavish apartments and reception rooms have been recreated with stunning authenticity and a true lived-in atmosphere.
We tell the inside story of how the CMN joined with other institutions such as the Louvre and the Mobilier National in a unique, four-year collaboration to achieve the most ambitious renovation in their history.