Napoleon: from the Isle of Beauty to the Lost Isle

from 02/12/2017 to 31/08/2018
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French title “Napoléon de l’île de beauté à l’île perdue”

Napoleon: from the Isle of Beauty to the Lost Isle

The exhibition ‘Napoleon: from the Isle of Beauty to the Lost Isle’ enables visitors to travel through history and to explore both male and female fashions at the time of the French Revolution, Consulate and Empire (1789-1815). Its opening on 2 December 2017 is on the very day of the 213th anniversary of Napoleon’s coronation and the 212th anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz.
This crucial period of history is often presented merely as the ‘sound of cannons’. However, it was also a period in which the arts flourished, and fashion in particular, with lavish garments on the battlefields of Austerlitz and Waterloo, at Napoleon’s coronation or at Madame Récamier’s fashionable salon.
To provide a key to understanding the exhibition, the suggested route follows the Emperor from his time as a young artillery officer before the Siege of Toulon to his fall from grace and exile on Saint Helena.


Exhibition design

The exhibition brings together 21 costumes that are exact replicas of the originals. They are the fruit of a ten-year partnership between Frank Samson (who played the role of Napoleon in historical re-enactments from 2005 to 2015) and the historical costume maker Antikcostume / Empirecostume. As the official re-enactor of Napoleon for ten years and a great expert in the clothing of the Imperial period, Frank Samson’s knowledge of the military uniforms of the time is respected all over the world.
The presentation of great and small stories of history in tableaux brings the past to life and is guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages.
Information boards will provide background knowledge, displaying contemporary engravings and offering illustrated explanations of the major stages in Napoleon’s life through the clothing worn at the time.

Wellington Museum
Chaussée de Bruxelles 147
1410 Waterloo

Children and school groups are particularly welcome to visit this exhibition.
Besides a learning pack for teachers, we have prepared an educational tool for children who visit the exhibition: they can do a quiz to discover the mystery word and receive a surprise gift at the end of their visit

ADULTS € 7.50

PASS 1815 +€ 2

Group rate on demand

Catalogue price (70 pages): € 12

Traditional guided tour : (20 pers. maximum/group) – tour lasts one hour
Fun tour (designed for families) prices on demand.

The exhibition is open from 2 December 2017 until 31 August 2018.
– Every day (except 25 December and 1 January, when the museum is closed) from 10.00 a.m. to 17.00 p.m. until 31 March 2018 (note that the museum closes at 13.00 p.m. on 24 and 31 December).
– Every day from 1 April until 31 August from 9.30 a.m. until 18.00 p.m.

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