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The Royal Chateau of Blois welcomes school groups of all ages for visits and educational workshops.

With activities tailored to their levels and to their school programs, young visitors have the opportunity to discover not only the heritage of the Chateau and its museums, but also the town of Blois.
The educational team is at your disposal to help you set up a specifically targeted project, be it specialized or interdisciplinary, whether it involves a single session or partnership development, particularly in the framework of art history teaching.
You will find below our complete educational offering; each proposed activity is detailed in a downloadable sheet.

Contacts

Information: 0033 (0) 2 54 90 44 32 - contact the Royal Chateau

The educational team of the Royal Chateau of Blois and the "Ville d'art et d'histoire" department of the town of Blois has as members :

  • Séverine Desgeorges > Manager of the educational department of the Royal Chateau of Blois
  • Françoise Beauger-Cornu > Teacher assigned to work with the educational department of the Royal Chateau of Blois and the "Ville d'art et d'histoire" department
  • Emmanuelle Plumet > Manager of the "Ville d'art et d'histoire " department

The educational offering of the Royal Chateau of Blois

Classified as a historic monument since 1845, the Royal Chateau of Blois presents a panorama of the art and history of the Loire River chateaux. Surrounding the courtyard, the four wings provide an instructive example of the development of French architecture from the 13th to the 17th centuries. With its diverse styles, the edifice tells the story of seven kings and ten queens while highlighting the power and illustrating the daily life of the royal court in France.

Discovery tours

All of our discovery tours are available in 6 languages.

  • Introductory visit
    20 mn, first to get acquainted in the courtyard with the history and architecture of the Chateau, and then to continue the visit unguided.
    Further learning stage
    Possibility of carrying on the visit with a questionnaire to be completed (1h)
    Only for middle and high school students
  • General visit
    Historical and architectural presentation of the Chateau courtyard and guided tour of the Royal Apartments (1h)
    Basic learning stage
  • The Chateau during the Renaissance
    Guided tour in view of understanding the Renaissance architecture and the life of the French court in a royal palace
    Further learning stage, middle and high school
    Possibility of carrying on the visit with a questionnaire to be completed (1h)
  • The tale of the Chateau as told to you
    Presentation of the court and of rooms from the Royal Apartments + story-telling session (1h)
    Basic learning stage
    Adapted to small and/or delocalized classes CLISS, ULIS and UED

Thematic visits

  • Honoring the ladies
    Visit on the theme of the queens and princesses having dwelt in the Royal Chateau of Blois. Political role, life of the court, fashions and adornments... (1h15)
    From 11 years of age (last year of primary school)
  • 1515-2015: In the shoes of Francis I
    Guided tour of the Royal Apartments bringing back to life the reign of Francis I, his personality, his political role and his activity as patron of the arts. Different perspectives on the collection of paintings and sculptures... (1h15) From 11 years of age (last year of primary school)
  • At the Renaissance table
    Tour of the Royal Apartments on the theme of the princely meal during the Renaissance: What were the uses and functions of the dinnerware and the furniture? What were the customary rituals of a princely meal? (1h15)
    From 8 years of age (2nd year of primary school)

 Educational workshops

  • 4 chateaux in 1
    After a historical and architectural presentation of the wings of the Chateau, including access to peculiar places, schoolchildren will be provided with wooden modules to assemble or be allowed to use the 3D screens in the Salle des Etats, the objective being to provide a manual or visual rendering of the Royal Chateau of Blois from the Middle Ages through the 17th century (2h)
    For half a class from the last year of primary school, and then middle and high school
  • Emblems and heraldry
    Initiation to the rules of heraldry and creation of an escutcheon by the schoolchildren (1h30)
    Further learning stage, middle school
    Adapted to small and/or delocalized classes CLISS, ULIS and UED

  • Foul play - The court as a crime scene
    Who killed the Duke of Guise, and with what weapon?  But first, let the game be played, and the investigation go on... After that, a guided tour in the Royal Apartments to consider the assassination of the Duke of Guise in the context of the Wars of Religion (2h).
    From 11 years of age + middle and high school

  • Memory architecture
    Learn to observe and identify the architectural aspects of the Chateau and its decor.
    Get to know the different stages of its restoration by discovering the statue collections. The visit will be followed by a Memory game (1h30 to 2h).
    Further learning stage

  • Initiation to Renaissance dances
    After a visit to the Chateau built around the theme of life at the court and Renaissance divertissements, initiation to the dances of the epoch (1h visit + 1h workshop)
    For half a class only - from the last year of primary school, and then middle and high school

  • Animals in the Chateau behind the scenes
    Go and seek out the real or imaginary animals hidden in the Chateau decor, behind the scenes (1h). The visit can be followed by a sculpting workshop or a memory game. Set aside 1h or more.
    Basic learning cycle, primary school
    Adapted to small and/or delocalized classes CLISS, ULIS and UED

The educational offering of the Fine Arts Museum

Since 1869, the 1st floor of the Louis XII wing has hosted the Fine Arts Museum of the town of Blois.
A tour of today's museum is designed to complement a visit to the apartments of the Francis I wing, which are evidently connected with the Chateau's royal past and the life and times of the court.

Amongst the collections conserved in our reserves, which consist in about 35000 works donated by collectors and artists or acquired over the course of time, more than 300 of the more remarkable paintings, sculptures and sundry works of art have been grouped and are presented thematically

Theme-based visits

  • The Fine Arts Museum à la carte
    Interpretation of works at the Fine Arts Museum: Two or three works to be chosen from a list, or the theme chosen by the teacher (1h30)
    Further learning stage or high school according to the choice of works to be interpreted

  • We have walked across the wings of the Fine Arts Museum
    Via an investigation, discovery of the Fine Arts Museum and reflection on the notion of museum. Interpretation of a work. Special access to the museum reserves (1h30 to 2h)
    Further learning stage
  • Gods and heroes
    Fostering awareness of Greco-Roman mythology in the decor and collections of the Fine Arts Museum. How was mythology turned into art?
    Further learning stage, middle and high school

Pedagogical workshop

  • Pictures in pieces
    Study of a key painting drawn from the collections and reconstitution of the picture using a large-scale puzzle (1h)
    Basic learning stage
    Adaptation to small and/or delocalized classes CLISS, ULIS and UED

The educational offering of the town of Blois

Cultural heritage classes à la carte

To all educators at whatever level: The organization of your visits can be simplified by the "turnkey" sojourns proposed by the town of Blois. Its partner organ, the regional youth and sports center (CRJS), has developed offers for accommodation and educational activities. For short stopovers, for school visits with overnight stays and for cultural heritage classes, the expertise of the CRJS will help you to build a tailored program taking into full account your educational objectives and your budget. 

Discovery visits

Our town discovery visits are available in 6 languages.

  • Visit of the town of Blois
    Urban fabric and forms of habitat from the Middle Ages through our time (1h30)
    From last year of primary school, middle school
  • Visit of Blois as it was in the Renaissance
    Wood-timbered houses and private residences dating back to the Renaissance (1h30)
    From last year of primary school, middle and high school

Thematic visits

  • The Poulain chocolate factory neighborhood
    Creation of Blois' first industrial neighborhood in the 19th century, thanks to the railroad and the Poulain chocolate factory (1h30 to 2h).
    The visit can be supplemented by a game: "Tracking Poulain", set aside one more hour.
    Middle and high school
  • 1945-2015: The reconstruction of Blois after World War II
    Unraveling of the urban fabric, and the age of reconstruction (1h30 to 2h)
    From last year of primary school - middle and high school
  • Living in Blois with its river, the Loire
    Reading of an urban landscape included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. From the left bank, compare today's town with yesterday's views (1h30) Visit from mid-April to mid-October.
    From last year of primary school, first 2 years of middle school

  • Rediscovering the gardens of the Royal Chateau of Blois
    How were the Renaissance gardens of the Royal Chateau of Blois arranged?
    Guided tour around the Chateau aimed at grasping the size and scope of the royal gardens, and their connections with the architecture.
    Entrance to the Anne of Brittany Pavilion included (1h30 to 2h)
    The visit may be followed by a playgroup workshop: "a garden for the king"
    From last year of primary school, middle and high school

Pedagogical workshops

  • Blois Memory
    Discovery circuit in the lower town, followed by a Memory game
    Further learning stage
  • St. Nicholas and the religious architecture of the Middle Ages
    Visit of a church whose construction started in the Roman epoch and continued during the Gothic epoch. Workshop dedicated to assembling an ogival vault (2h)
    Further learning stage, middle school
  • Rediscovering the gardens of the Royal Chateau of Blois
    How were the Renaissance gardens of the Royal Chateau of Blois arranged?
    Guided tour around the Chateau aimed at grasping the size and scope of the royal gardens, and their connections with the architecture.
    Entrance to the Anne of Brittany Pavilion included (1h30 to 2h)
    The visit may be followed by a playgroup workshop: "a garden for the king"
    From last year of primary school, middle and high school

Getting ready for your visit

Educational supports

In conjunction with the guide's presentation, documents can help you to formalize the knowledge acquired during the visit, or to undertake further reflection in the classroom...

  • Educational kits
    This material will help you to prepare for your visit or to carry on, in the classroom, the work or discussions conducted during the tour.
  • The Chateau in the town
  • The town at the time of the Industrial Revolution
  • Interpretation of three Renaissance paintings presented in the museum of fine arts: Venus and Adonis, Martin de Vos, 1582-1603
  • The abduction of Europa, attributed to Jean Cousin the son, 1552-1594
  • The execution of Thomas More, last third of the 16th century
  • Supplementary questionnaires
    In conjunction with the guide's presentation, questionnaires have been specifically drawn up for your students to help them to formalize the knowledge acquired.
    To be downloaded or distributed on site (on preliminary request):
  • Chateau discovery tour
  • The Royal Chateau of Blois during the Renaissance
  • St. Nicholas church
  • Educational package
    In an increasingly urbanized world, the subject of towns is prominently present in numerous school syllabi.
    In a kit dedicated to urban renovation in Blois, teachers will find a particularly practical and innovative tool built around a concrete example of urban planning.
    For further information, consult www.blois.fr
    The package can be reserved : 0033 (0)2 54 90 33 32 
  • Documentation center
    The documentation center of the Royal Chateau of Blois remains at your disposal for research prior to your visit, on appointment with:
    François Lafabrie
    Tel.: 0033 (0) 2 54 90 33 06
  • Sojourn / Cultural heritage class à la carte
    In order to benefit from a wide-ranging program consisting not only in visits of the Chateau and in the museums of the town of Blois, but also in educational workshops conducted by craftsmen (stone cutter, master glassmaker, gilder...) the Centre Régional Jeunesse et Sports (CRJS) youth hostel of Blois proposes a 5 day / 4 night stay.
    For further information: CRJS: 0033 (0)2 54 52 20 40 or crjsblois@wanadoo.fr - http://crjs-blois.fr

  • Contacts
    Information : 0033 (0) 2 54 90 33 32 - - to contact the Chateau team
    The educational team of the Royal Chateau and the "Ville d'art et d'histoire" department of the town of Blois has as members:
  • Séverine Desgeorges > Manager of the educational department of the Royal Chateau of Blois
  • Françoise Beauger-Cornu > Teacher assigned to work with the educational department of the Royal Chateau of Blois and the "Ville d'art et d'histoire" department
  • Emmanuelle Plumet > Manager of the "Ville d'art et d'histoire" department

Practical information

The Royal Chateau of Blois open every day of the year, except on 1 January and on 25 December.

The Chateau closes at 4:00 pm on December the 24th and 31st.

2 January - 31 March 10 am - 5 pm
1 April  - 30 June 9 am - 6:30 pm
1 July - 31 August 9 am - 7 pm
1 September - 5 November 9 am - 6:30 pm
6 November - 31 December 10 am - 5 pm

The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the Chateau

The reserved time includes neither placing of bags in the designated drop-off area nor use of the toilet facilities (to be planned 15 mn before the visit)

Prices

Admission price School of Blois School outside of Blois        
Chateau Free 4,00€
House of Magic Free 4,00€
Sound and Light Show 4,00€ 4,00€
Chateau + House of Magic Free 6,00€
Chateau + Sound and Light Show 4,00€ 6,00€
Chateau + Sound and Light Show + House of Magic 4,00€ 8,00€
House of Magic + Sound and Light Show 4,00€ 6,00€


For a guided activity in the Chateau, in the House of Magic and in the town of Blois :

  • Package for one guided activity: Guided tour or educational workshop in the Chateau, in the town, or in the House of Magic: 40€ / group
  • One free tour leader for 10 children and supplementary adults have to pay
  • General guided tours of the Chateau, the town and the House of Magic free to schools in Blois

> Accepted methods of payment

- on the spot : by cash (in Euros) or credit card (except American Express)
- after the visit by sending a voucher or by giving it to the group

We don't accept payment in advance

Reservation

It's recommended to book at 0033 (0) 2 54 90 33 32 or contact the Chateau team
After the reservation is completed, the organizing teacher will receive, on request, an invitation allowing him or her to visit the Chateau free of charge, when he or she wishes, in order to prepare for the visit.  

Access

Train : Only 10 mn by foot from the Blois/Chambord train station (group fares: consult the SNCF)
Auto : motorway A 10 Paris / Blois, Blois exit
Free parking for coaches and mini-vans at Parking Saint Vincent, 300m from the Chateau

Free baggage lockers

Lockers at the disposal of visitors for backpacks and bulky bags, which are prohibited during the visit of the Chateau.

In application of the Plan Vigipirate (anti-terrorist security plan), luggage are not allowed. The cloakroom is closed. The Chateau’s team is not authorized to keep the personal effects of the visitors. Please accept these security arrangements, they are set up to assure your safety.

Picnic

Picnicking is forbidden on Chateau grounds.
Places near the Chateau at your disposal:

  • Place du Chateau
  • Square Saint-Vincent (between coach parking and the Chateau) - children's games nearby
  • Jardins du Roy / The King's Gardens (view of the Chateau)
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Duke of Guise

Duc de Guise 2015 from Ville de Blois on Vimeo.

The tactile screens

The tactile screens The tactile and evolving model of the château of Blois offers schoolchildren a chance, after having closely studied the castle's architecture, to reconstitute the edifice over the course of time.

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