Napoleon Bonaparte spent his last days there before his abdication in 1814 and departure for the Elba.
Louis-Philippe was the first sovereign to order a complete restoration of Fontainebleau.
The restoration of the Empire in 1852 gave renewed importance to the palace, and Napoleon III became strongly attached to this home, staying there regularly with his court.
Housed in the Louis XV wing, the Napoleon I museum is dedicated to the Emperor and his family, with a large collection of objects from his everyday life, weapons used in military campaigns and gifts he received.
The Chinese museum, created by Empress Eugenie, displays works of art from the Far East.
The Jeu de Paume court, thought to be the oldest of the three surviving in France, is open to the public with demonstrations and introductory games.
The national estate hosts the European Centre for Chamber Music with ProQuartet Concerts which bring together virtuosos and young professional musicians.
Le Nôtre's French gardens, the Queen’s English garden with its Fountain of Diana, the hedge maze and the Cour des Adieux are open to the public all year round. Boat excursions on the Etang aux Carpes or horse-drawn carriage rides are available.
The Domain of the Fontainebleau Palace is inscribed at the UNESCO Humanity World Heritage.