The origin of the residence of Compiègne merges with that of the monarchy and goes back to the Merovingian dynasty. King Charles V, Louis XV and Napoleon I all participated in the expansion of the castle. It welcomed the second wife of Napoleon, the Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, in 1810. After the fall of the imperial regime in 1870, the castle of Compiegne became a national museum. A policy of restitution of the historic states is conducted there since 1945.

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Concept Car

29 November 2019 23 March 2020
This exhibition, organized by Compiègne Castle and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, is a sign of the revival of the Car National Museum, the first museum in the world dedicated to locomotion, which was opened in Compiègne in 1927....

Composed of twenty vehicles, as well as photographs, documents, preparatory drawings, models, this exhibition will present the motor vehicle in its closest form to the object of art: the Concept Car. Appeared in the 1910s, this type of vehicle is usually in the form of a single copy, made for aerodynamic study or style, or later commercial promotion.

All major manufacturers, as well as designers and coachbuilders, have produced this type of vehicle, which is known in the United States as Dream Cars. Often destroyed after an ephemeral presentation during a season, some of these models have reached us.

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