In order to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation, the Château of Cheverny hosts an exhibition dedicated to this period in the château, from the point of view of Hans Haug, the head of the National Museums Office at the time.
The Château of Cheverny worked hard this year to be able to offer a rich cultural program with three exhibitions: “Tintin and the Moon” (until 09/15/2019), “LEGO® – Cheverny during the Renaissance” (until 06/20/2020), and of course “Cheverny at the Liberation“, where visitors can discover a less known period in Cheverny, the Liberation.
During the Second World War, protecting works of art is a major concern for the government and the National Museums organisation. To this end, their are stored in other monuments that are less exposed than museums in Paris like the Louvre.
Cheverny starts receiving works of art in September 1939, and they remain hidden in this beautiful new setting for seven years. If the Château of Chambord is known to have hosted the famous Mona Lisa, its neighbour Cheverny
sheltered objets from the department of oriental, greek and roman antiquities of the Louvre, but also from other renowned museums like Nissim de Camondo, Saint Germain en Laye and Cluny.
Among the several directors of this very special warehouse, Hans Haug is particularly remembered for having played a crucial role in 1944 during the Germans’ retreat. Visitors are invited to enter his office as it would have been a few days after the event. Don’t miss this immersive experience! Careful, it ends on September 9.
The Château of Cheverny is open every day from 9:15 to 18:30.