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The horse at the heart of civilisation

The Museum of the Horse was inaugurated in 2013 in the 15 rooms of the Cour des Remises in the Great Stables. As a museum of both art and ethnology, its aim is to allow visitors discover the importance of the relationship between men and horses since the beginning of civilisation.

 

Contemporary museography

The museum of the Horse is open to all visitors, experts and novices alike. Its resolutely contemporary museography, offering a large number of interactive resources, gives visitors a vision of the horse and its history that is both pedagogical and enjoyable.

 

Precious original collections

Visitors can contemplate almost 200 objects and works of art: paintings, prints, sculptures, manuscripts, equestrian equipment...

The collections, which come from all over the world, from the storage rooms of the Condé museum and from private collections, demonstrate the various uses of the horse and aesthetic expressions appreciated in their places of origin. Rare works by Pierre Vernet or Froment-Meurice are exhibited here.

 

Rich and varied themes

The objects and works of art, exhibited in 15 rooms, cover several themes: the history of the domestication of horses, the different races of horses in the world and the evolution of tack over the centuries. One room is dedicated to tools invented by man to control his steed: bits, stirrups, spurs…

 A rare collection of engraved Bohemian glass vases from the mid 19th century illustrate the depiction of the horse in art and more specifically in decorative arts.

Bibliophily is also represented with a collection of antique books relating to horses. Six interactive terminals make it posssible to consult these books, including a Persian manuscript from the 16th century, a french manuscript devoted to King Louis XII and a manuscript for children published in the 1940s entitled "L’histoire du Cheval bleu" (The Story of the Blue Horse).

The museum also retraces the role of the horse in power, at war, hunting and for leisure. Horseracing, for which Chantilly has been famous since 1834, is represented in two rooms of the museum, with a video demonstrating the evolution of jockeys' positions down through the eras.

Younger visitors will be delighted by an exceptional collection of merry-go-round animals exhibited in the museum, with several horses in carved wood. Lastly, in the West Nave, visitors can admire two of the most significant horse-drawn carriages in France: the Empresses' Barouche and the Duke of Bourbon's Berlin, both of which were recently restored.

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