Treasures of Napoléon

A rendezvous with history

This summer, Montreal is host a fascinating, one-of-a-kind major international exhibition: the Treasures of Napoléon. Featuring over 350 artworks – many never before seen by the public – the exhibition will present jewels from Pierre-Jean Chalençon’s prestigious collection and over ten pieces from Serge Joyal’s collection.

Among the many masterpieces in the exhibition are paintings and drawings by Gérard, Prud’hon, Gros, David and Percier et Fontaine, and life-like creations by the period’s renowned sculptors Houdon, Canova and Chaudet. Exceptionally crafted personal items from the imperial family and the fine pieces of furniture owned by Napoléon, Murat, Queen Hortense and several generals of the imperial army are also displayed.

The exhibition also features elegantly bound books with distinguished coats-of-arm, documents and clothing from the period, including one of Napoléon’s rare surviving hats, the bed he slept in when he was on campaign and a tea set owned by Napoléon and Joséphine.

Crypt of the Notre Dame Basilica

This summer, the crypt beneath the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, is open to the public, a rare occasion in its 185 years of history, for a world-class exhibition: The Treasures of Napoléon.

The newly restored crypt spans over 15,000 square feet. The most recent renovation revealed previously covered stone walls, which will allow visitors to gain a true insight on the origins of the crypt. Throughout the exhibition, colored lights projected on the walls and ceilings will create contrasts and warmth, and provide an interesting setting in which to admire the historical pieces. To protect these artifacts, an air conditioning and humidity control system has been installed. In addition, the exhibition is entirely wheelchair accessible.

For tickets and information:  514-842-2925 or 1-866-842-2925

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-6 am   (last admission 5 pm)
Crypt of the Notre Dame Basilica
444 Saint-Sulpice Street, Old-Montréal QC  H2Y 2V5


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