A descendant of a keen hunter and a falconry enthusiast herself, a place to practise hunting was required by the countess, Anne de Beaujeu, eldest daughter of Louis XI. She also had the royal château built, in a strategic location between the region of Sologne, rich with game, and the forest of Orléans. With its towers and turrets forming bold silhouettes, and its polychrome brick and stone architecture, the structure foreshadowed the French Renaissance. Changing from administrative building to prison in turn, the Château de Gien became the International Museum of Hunting in 1952 and remains so to this day. With approximately 10,000 objects and works of art, the collection retraces the history of hunting and the development of techniques."

"The château was built at the end of the 15th century by Anne de Beaujeu, eldest daughter of Louis XI and regent of France, on the site of a medieval fortress where Joan of Arc may have stayed. The architecture of the Château de Gien is characteristic of the beginning of the French Renaissance. Unfortunately, the interior was treated badly due to its various uses (sub-prefecture, court of law, prison).


  • La Loire à Vélo
  • Route Jacques Coeur
  • Decorative arts
  • Popular arts and traditions
  • Fine arts
  • Hunting / shooting
  • Environment and nature
  • History
  • Palace
  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Hearing handicap
  • Mental handicap
  • Motor handicap
  • Visual handicap



  • Permanent free visit
  • Visite guidée permanente
  • Visite guidée sur demande
  • Durée visite individuelle : 01:30 Hours (average)


  • Free visit on request
  • Visite guidée permanente
  • Visite guidée sur demande

Comfort / services

  • Parking
  • Film projection room
  • Fully equipped meeting room
  • Interactive terminal
  • Shop
  • Accepted animals : no
  • Bus parking


  • Full adult price : 8,00 € - Visite libre
  • Child rate : 5,00 € - Visite libre - 6 - 17 ans
  • Discount rate : 5,00 € - Visite libre -aux demandeurs d’emplois, aux personnes en situation de handicap sur présentation d''un justificatif, étudiants 18-25 ans, familles nombreuses ou sur présentation d’un billet plein tarif du château de Chamerolles, du château de Sully, du Musée de la résistance et de la déportation de Lorris, du Musée de la Marine de Loire de Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, du château de la Bussière et du Musée de la Faïencerie de Gien.
  • Full adult price : 10,00 € - Visite guidée
  • Child rate : 6,00 € - Visite guidée - 6 - 17 ans
  • Discount rate : 6,00 € - Visite guidée
  • Annual subscription pass : 18,00 € - Pass entrées illimitées (valable 1 an)
  • : 22,00 € - 2 adultes et 2 enfants payants

Moyens de paiements

  • Credit Card
  • Postal or bank cheques
  • Holiday vouchers
  • Cash
  • Eurocard - Mastercard
  • Visa