Palais Idéal
palais en soirée
Historic site and monument

Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval

It all started in April 1879 when Ferdinand Cheval, a country postman, stumbled upon a strange stone. This led to 33 years of perseverance and dedication in building his ideal palace, alone in his garden, using only nature, postcards and pictures in magazines as inspiration.

Unique in the world, the Ideal Palace has inspired artists for over a century. Independent from any artistic trend, built with no architectural rules, the Ideal Palace has been admired by the Surrealists and is considered as a work of outsider art. It was classified as a Historical Monument in 1969 by the French Minister of Culture at that time, André Malraux, as Naïve Art."

8 rue du Palais CS 10008
26390 Hauterives
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Opening times

All year round, daily.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.


Adult: 8 €
Child : 5 €
Student: 6 €
Job seeker: 6 €
Large family: 6 €
Disabled: 6 €
Audioguide: 2 €
Group adults: 6 €
Group children : 4 €.

Free entry for the drivers.
Child entry valid for 0 - 16 years.
Group rate available for > 15 people.

  • Entertainments room
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Defibrillator
  • Parking
  • Film room
  • Public WC
  • Toilets
  • Coach access
  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours
  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
Adapted tourism
  • Mental disability
  • Physical disability
  • Visual disability
Payment method
  • Chèques Culture
  • Pass’Région
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Chèques Vacances