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Arboretum de Chèvreloup

A great haven of 250 hectares north of the Versailles estate, the Chèvreloup Arboretum is totally dedicated to the vegetal world.

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Arboretum de Chèvreloup

Arboretum de Chèvreloup

A great haven of 250 hectares north of the Versailles estate, the Chèvreloup Arboretum is totally dedicated to the vegetal world.


It is probably the greenest element of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle with its major collections of plants, of which 8,000 are housed in 6,000m2 of greenhouses, and its 2,500 species of trees. Not forgetting its hundreds of furry and feathered guests, including foxes, hedgehogs, rabbits, pheasants, weasels, wild boars, deer and birds.

One must go back to 1699 to understand the history of the estate, then bought by Louis XIV. It was transformed into an arboretum before being badly damaged during World War II. It was then replanted and finally partially opened to the public in 1979. Today, 50 hectares are open to the public and welcome some 17,000 visitors a year, it offers thematic exhibitions, annual open days and regular educational activities for school children.


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