Chambord, 1939 – 1945: “Save some of the world’s beauty”

Permanent exhibition - A tour devoted to the Second World War

More than a decade after the temporary exhibition Hostages of War. Chambord 1939-1945, presented at the château in 2009-2010, the Domaine national de Chambord wished to include in the tour circuit, on the level of the famous terraces, four rooms that explain how it was involved in the protection of French museum masterpieces during the Second World War. Thanks to precious archival documents supplemented over the years, photographs from French and German collections, two short documentaries and an immersive scenography, these new spaces shed light on the question of art in Nazi policy, the protection of works of art from the National Museums and certain private collections from their evacuation until their return, as well as the daily life of Chambord – château and village – until the dramatic days of August 21 and 22, 1944.

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