Written by Erica Spina on 16.07.14

Napoleon’s acts in history are famous and known to all, but what about his private life? Napoleon had a vast personal collection of jewels, art, and other exquisite treasures. Take a step into his home at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica and experience this international exhibition. The Treasures of Napoleon: A Rendezvous Avec History exhibit runs from May 16th to September 1st, 2014. The exhibit will take place in the crypt beneath the Notre-Dame Basilica. If you know your Montreal history, you’ll know that throughout its 185 years, the crypt has rarely been open to the public. This is yet another reason not to miss this fascinating exhibit.

It doesn’t take an art buff to guess that Napoleon’s collection was filled with nothing but the best, and lucky for you it is being displayed for everyone to see. The exhibit contains more than 350 different types of artifacts, ranging from paintings, sculptures, drawings, furniture, clothes, and jewelry. Many of the artifacts displayed have never before been seen, and it is because of Exhibits Development Group, in cooperation with the Chalençon Collection that all this is possible. The artifacts include pieces from the personal collections of Pierre-Jean Chalençon and Serge Joyal.

Visitors can explore Napoleon’s many treasures throughout five galleries: Josephine and the Coronation, Marie-Louise and the King of Rome, Napoleon and His Family, The Arts at the Napoleonic Court, and Napoleon on Saint-Hélène.

This is an exhibit that can be appreciated by everyone. The Notre-Dame Basilica is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Prices for admission and other information can be found on their website.

110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2
(514) 842-2925

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