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2 June – 7 October 2012
10am–5pm daily, until 9pm Wednesdays
NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road

Napoleon: Revolution to Empire

Audio Guide

Enjoy a personal journey of the exhibition with the audio guide providing an additional and compelling insight into the events, the emotions and the relationships of Napoleon and those closest to him. Narrated by leading Australian actor Rachael Blake (star of Lantana, Wildside, and as Hazel Hawke in Hawke), the private world of Napoleon and Josephine is brought to life.

For the first time, the audio guide is available in Auslan sign language and with captions.

Exhibition floor plan

Exhibition floor plan

Hire the device

For your convenience the audio guide together with additional tracks in French and supplementary historical information is available for hire when you purchase exhibition tickets.
$8/7 concession

Audio tracks spoken in French

Listen in French to experience the flavour of France and enter the passionate world of Josephine from the Revolution to the end of her life in Malmaison. The Life of Josephine (French).

Available in Auslan and captions

A notable first for the NGV, the information conveyed in the audio guide will be accessible to people who are Deaf and hearing impaired. This initiative has been made possible through collaboration with the Australian Communication Exchange (ACE), a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making important educational and cultural experiences like this accessible.

NGV is delighted to be engaged with the team at ACE who is promoting this accessible guide to their communities, particularly in Melbourne.

The audio guide is also available for download free on ACE’s Smart Auslan app from the iPhone and Android app stores.


The National Gallery of Victoria would like to thank:

From Fondation Napoléon:

Thierry Lentz

Peter Hicks
Chargé d’Affaires Internationales

Karine Huguenaud

Chargée des Collections
From Alliance Française, Melbourne:

Gilbert Ducasse

Saliha Lefevre

Alice Gauny
Deputy Director and Head of Education


Phip Murray
Script Research and Development

Rachael Blake

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The lives and loves of Napoleon and Josephine…
Youthful dreams from Corsica to France…
Dinner on a tabletop covered in green grass…
Seasick kangaroos and wine-drinking emus…
The Bonapartes encounter the infernal machine…
The most beautiful flowers smile on the visitor…
The Bonaparte family – ‘the pure type of Corsican’…
Marie-Louise and the worst of all imaginable martyrdoms…