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Army Museum

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Address: 129 rue de Grenelle | Hôtel National des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France
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+33 1 44 42 43 87
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Located right in the heart of Paris in the prestigious of the Hôtel...

Located right in the heart of Paris in the prestigious of the Hôtel national des Invalides, the museum is to one of the largest military history and art collections in the world, offering a unique overview of the history France. It is one of the 5 most visited museums in France, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2015. A remarkable site full of history, the Hôtel des Invalides was founded by Louis XIV to house veterans and wounded soldiers. It now forms the unique, prestigious setting the Musée de l'Armée. The museum's collections contain over 500.000 pieces, covering a period from the Middle Ages up to the present day and following a newly designed educational route: the armour and weapons of the Kings of France, swords, cannons, uniforms, paintings, photographs, the personal effects of important figures such as Françis I, Louis and Charles de Gaulle, plus the Dome church, which since 1861 has been home to the monumental tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, its golden dome reaching into the skies of Paris at over 110 metres high.

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Awesome for the history buff

Awesome armament museum covering many conflicts. If you are a war history buff, this is for you. My wife is not a war fan, and ever she enjoyed the exhibits. She loved the Citroen... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Awesome armament museum covering many conflicts. If you are a war history buff, this is for you. My wife is not a war fan, and ever she enjoyed the exhibits. She loved the Citroen Tank from WW1..... Good for the family as well, kids seemed to love the suits of armour.

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Mansfield, Texas
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Normally these types of museums aren't up to expectations.This one is great as it covers all types of "army" gear from around 600 AD to present. One floor of knight's armor alone. All types of uniforms, guns, swords, knives, gatling guns, etc. Expect to take 2-3 hours to see it all. I swear one of the old helmets was cloned... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Add this to your list of Museums to see. Incredible collection or armour and weapons on display including full suits on horseback. The museum is a lot larger than expected and does take quite a while to walk around and take it all in. Next door is Napoleons Tomb. We were told about this in a previous tour which is... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Really interesting with all of the armor on display as well as chronicling just about every war France was involved in (which was most of them) including WW1 and WW2. Great pre-cursor to prepare you for Napoleon's Tomb, which is adjacent.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to a lot of military museums throughout the world and, I must say, this is one of the best. It was much better than I expected and it might be because the French have such a long history from kings and castles to today's modern warfare. It is covered well and serves as a close guard to one... More 

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Very nice museum, great gardens to sit and rest. I participated liked the rabbits jumping there, but the museum is also good.

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This is a must for history buffs or anyone that's interested in learning about the world wars. It is broken into different sections but you pay one fee in. Napoleons tomb is magnificent. There is a large amount of artefacts from various periods including weapons ranging from swords to guns, tanks and uniforms. There's also videos, pictures, writings and propaganda... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When planning trips, i tend to give myself 2 hours in a museum, sometimes it takes less, sometimes like the Musée de l'Armee, it takes a lot lot more. Including Napolean's tomb, the various exhibit spread over several large rooms, and just the general area, I spent something like 5 hours here. In fact, I had 2 other sights in... More 

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The tomb that needs no name is a somber place of reflection, along with other tombs of France's Marshals.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on our last day in Paris. The church with Napoleon's tomb is stunning & certainly as beautiful as any others we saw on our visit. Much smaller crowds, no line ups here. The museum was very well done, we only did the WWI & II exhibits which took a morning & were very informative.

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Tour Eiffel / Invalides
With the Eiffel Tower at its core, the Invalides area of Paris is guaranteed to impress. Golden towers and Baron Haussmann's urban vision meet military precision, stretching avenues, and luscious lawns. The area boasts the Musée D’Orsay, the tomb of Napoleon, the National Parliament and UNESCO, as well as luxurious, exclusive residences. In fine restaurants and at the weekend markets, families, diplomats, and politicians brush shoulders with the tourists who come to see this postcard-perfect area for themselves.
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