Place du Château
Phone: +33 (0) 2 54 90 33 33
Fax: +33 (0) 2 54 90 33 31

Chateau Royal De Blois

The Chateau de Blois is comprised of four separate chateaux, from four different eras, assembled around one central courtyard:
The Salle des états is an example of 13th century Gothicism, and the oldest of its kind in France.
The Louis XII wing, which makes Blois a royal residence, was built at the end of the 15th century and is an example of flamboyant Gothic and early Renaissance architecture.#
Francois I introduced 17th century Italian Renaissance architecture to the chateaux with the spiral staircase and the Loges facade.
Classic 17th century architecture is represented by the Gaston d’Orléans wing.
Francois I’s apartments in the chateau were frequented by Henri III, and it was in his room here on the second floor that the duke of Guise was assassinated, on the 23rd of December, 1588.

Permanent Collection

The Louis XII wing Musée des Beaux-Arts
Created in 1850 under the initiative of the town of Blois, the Musée des Beaux-Arts has been situated in the apartments of King Louis XII since 1869. It contains a tapestry and sculpture gallery, and chronologically displayed decorative arts from the 16th to the 19th centruries.
The Musée Lapidaire
On the ground floor of the Francois I wing, four rooms house the permanent collection of the Musée Lapidaire. This contains 16th and 17th century sculptures, and studies and moulds describing the chateau’s process of restoration since the work of Felix Duban in 1846 to the present day renovations.


26 May – 16 September 2007
The Chateau de Blois presents a retrospective exhibition of the work of the gold sculptor Goudji, in collaboration with the town of Blois and the department of Loir et Cher.
The French artist of Georgian origins is considered the greatest gold sculptors of our times, a magician who gives form to beauty. This exhibition brings together unique creations of sacred art, sculptures and jewellery.

Forthcoming exhibitions


14 July – 15 August 2007

Throughout the summer, the chateau will come alive with the art of fencing, considered the last form of martial art in Europe. Renaissance lute music will accompany the reconstitution of this form of combat so linked to the history of the chateau.


Chateau: 7€ adults / 5€ concessions / 3€ youth (6-17 years)

Son et Lumiere: 7€ adults / 5€ concessions / 3€ youth (6-17 years)

Combined Chateau and Son et Lumiere tickets: 11€ adults / 8.50€ concessions / 5.50 € youth

Opening hours

The chateau is open every day, except 1 January and 25 December.
The last tickets of the day are issued half an hour prior to closing time.
1 April – 30 September: open from 9am to 6.30pm
1 October – 31 December: open from 9am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 5.30pm

Museum internal and external photos (11)

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News and events

Between 7 April and 30 September, the chateau has “Son et Lumiere


Guided tours available, at no additional cost to the entry price, in French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.
Please phone 02 54 90 33 32 for information on the different tours available and for reservations.


Adapted family tours available. Please phone 02 54 90 33 32 for information and reservations.


Various adapted tours for children available.
A rich program of activities and workshops for children and school groups is available, please see website or phone 02 54 90 33 32 for information and reservations.
Workshops and activities priced at 3€ per child.