The château was built at the end of the 15th century by Anne de Beaujeu, eldest daughter of Louis XI and regent of France, on the site of a medieval fortress where Joan of Arc may have stayed. The architecture of the Château de Gien is characteristic of the beginning of the French Renaissance. Unfortunately, the interior was treated badly due to its various uses (sub-prefecture, court of law, prison).
A descendant of a keen hunter and a falconry enthusiast herself, a place to practise hunting was required by the countess, Anne de Beaujeu, eldest daughter of Louis XI. She also had the royal château built, in a strategic location between the region of Sologne, rich with game, and the forest of Orléans. With its towers and turrets forming bold silhouettes, and its polychrome brick and stone architecture, the structure foreshadowed the French Renaissance. Changing from administrative building to prison in turn, the Château de Gien became the International Museum of Hunting in 1952 and remains so to this day. With approximately 10,000 objects and works of art, the collection retraces the history of hunting and the development of techniques.
Musées de France
- Average length of group visits : 1h30
- Average length of individual visits : 1h30
Du 20/05/2020 au 31/12/2020 Monday Fermé Tuesday Fermé Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 13:30 - 18:00 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 13:30 - 18:00 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 13:30 - 18:00 Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 13:30 - 18:00 Sunday 10:00 - 12:00 13:30 - 18:00
Spoken languagesLanguages of the visitsLanguages of the documentationSupport adapted to familiesMultimedia support adapted to familiesFamily-friendly guided tours
- Full adult price (visite libre) : 8,00€
- Full adult price (visite guidée) : 10,00€
- Child rate (Visite guidée - 6 - 17 ans) : 6,00€
- Child rate (6 - 17 ans) : 5,00€
- Free rate (- 6 ans)
- Discount rate : 5,00€
- Annual subscription pass (entrées illimitées (valable 1 an)) : 18,00€
- (2 adultes et 2 enfants payants) : 22,00€
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Equipments and Services
- Film projection room
- Fully equipped meeting room
- Interactive terminal
- Junior workshop
- Specific theme activities
- Temporary exhibitions
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