goal is to improve and promote positive goodwill between
our two nations on a long-term basis. As the world becomes
smaller, with the expansion of international business and
communications, our allies become of paramount importance.
Versailles is the largest museum in the world with great
historical ties to the United States, and more Americans
visit the Chateau annually than almost any other individual
museum within the United States. Versailles is recognized
by UNESCO as an international world treasure and we are
pleased to take part in its restoration and promotion.
American Friends of Versailles (AFV) was established on
June 30, 1998 as a charitable corporation for improving
and promoting a positive American-French relationship. We
serve as a sister organization to Les Amis de Versailles.
AFV was and continues to be designated as the official representative
for Versailles in the United States. The express purpose
of the corporation is to encourage support of the Palace
of Versailles and its gardens focusing on cultural interchange
between the United States and France in the fields of education,
architecture, fine and decorative arts, garden architecture
and musical endeavors. We will raise funds for the support
of seminars, educational exchange and specific restoration
projects in the Palace and its gardens.
American Friends of Versailles is dedicated to maintaining
an active interest in this UNESCO-designated world-treasure
in order to preserve its history and beauty for future generations.