Musee de l’Armee des Invalides

Musee de l’Armee des Invalides

Musee de l’Armee des Invalides
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Varenne • 3 min walk
  • La Tour-Maubourg • 4 min walk
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  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey5,612 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Experience
    I enjoyed my time here. I got there when it opened and had no problem in terms of waiting or crowds. Inside, I marveled at the collection of antique arms and armor. The WW1 and WW2 sections were breathtaking. I wish I had time to see some of the other parts of this museum complex. Be advised: Many of the different sections here require separate tickets but the Paris museum pass covers all of them.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Caroline C
    London, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Museum
    The building is out of this world, the detail is incredible. It is a mixture of a museum and two magnificent churches. You will need at least 3 days to visit, the time they suggest is completely unrealistic. There is so much to see it is overwhelming. There is an exhibition about the brave people of the resistance and the liberation of France, absolutely fascinating. There is a whole basement dedicated to General De Gaulle. If like me you are English, then you may not have been taught much about the part Churchill played with General DeGaul, with the Resistance and the liberation of France in London for 4 years. If you get the audio, be aware that there is absolutely tons in it, and very messy. There is no particular order and difficult to follow. Also, the audio only covers some cabinets in the museum, so if you cannot read French, then will only be able to look at other items on display. I will definitely be going again as I was not able to see everything this time round in the time we had.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Stephen B
    West Palm Beach, Florida36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done military museum
    The grounds and architecture are amazing. The World Wars Exhibits are very well done and the collection of artifacts, uniforms, firearms and photos are the best I have ever seen in a military museum. Learned a lot about French President DeGaulle he was a true leader and gave his country hope.Thank God though for the USA to come and save Europe from Hitler. Also in France they are very proud of Napoleon and his tomb is only dwarfed by the Pyramids in Egypt. .
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Kiana L
    Smyrna, Georgia473 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Napoleon's tomb alone is a must-see
    The building is so beautiful and Napoleon's tomb is incredible. Your pictures won't fully capture it! It's also a military museum so there's a lot more to see than just the tomb. I strongly recommend you set aside more time than you think to fully explore. The only section we were not a fan of was the interactive digital exhibit for Charles de Gaulle. It felt overwhelming and hard to read everything with so much going on.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Belle-Noel
    Croydon, United Kingdom1,905 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jaw dropping
    I have spent much of my childhood in Paris and also travelled frequently as an adult yet I had never seen Napolean’s tomb. The museum was closed until 1400 hours due to Macron having a special event but once inside the queue was quite reasonable. I had the opportunity to visit musée de l’armee but due to spending 3 hours in the area waiting for the museum to open, I opted to go straight to Les Invalides. As I walked in, I was in utter awe of the beauty and power of the space. It was opulent, classically stunning and just had an amazing presence to it. The gold, the design the workmanship was truly a sight to behold and I was blown away. It exceeded any expectations that I had. The next time I am back in Paris, I shall visit the museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Dan
    Sheffield, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Best Thing We Did in Paris!
    This was the best thing we saw in Paris. Endless things to see. The Dome and tomb were spectacular. The museum was superb. The bit about Napoleon in the museum kept going. Great if you have family who have an interest in it. You get to the end of one section and there is another huge section to look at.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,056 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge military museum
    The army museum is part of Les Invalides, France’s monument to France’s military history. The most famous thing here is Napoleon’s tomb, but the museum of the army is immense. There are different galleries for pre-Napoleonic battles, the Napoleonic wars, and the World Wars. They are filled with weapons and uniforms and paintings and even Napoleon’s horse. There are some terrific short battle animations that explain key battles in French campaigns. If you tried to read, watch and view everything here, it would take a week. Even walking through and reading overviews and watching the animations took hours. There’s so much here but if you’re visiting, stick to the subject of most interest.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 16, 2024
  • Angelo Z
    Crawford, Texas333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than just Napoleon
    The museum is best known to many as the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte and his tomb is very impressive and although it’s the biggest draw there is so much more to see. France’s military history through the ages is on full display here. Definitely worth a visit but allow some time it’s massive.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2024
  • ATLpch
    Atlanta, Georgia1,158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Les Invalides: Great Museum, hard to find directional help, audio guides, or restrooms.
    We booked timed tickets one month in advance for the Army Museum and Chapel Dome (Napolean’s Tomb), and added on additional ticket costs for the Special Exhibit “Duels: The Art of Fighting” and audio guides. The museum is massive, and our self-guided experience took nearly 3 hours. The museum is wonderful, but you cannot be in a hurry. We found some of the directional signage to be confusing, restrooms are hard to find, some elevators were not functioning so you need to be able to climb steps. We never actually found the right place to get audio guides we paid for, and we eventually gave up after asking for help three times. The army museum had signage in English and French, but the special Duels exhibit signage was all in French and there are no audio guides at the exhibit entrance that we paid for.. Definitely recommend for history lovers in the World War I and World War II sections, and the chapel dome (Napolean’s Tomb) is spectacular.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 1, 2024
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BackPacker800547
Bilston, UK1,564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Stunning courtyard with some great buildings. The main museum is well crafted as you weave your way from 1870 through to the Second world War. There is another for weapons, and another showing the amazing map diaramas made a few hundred years ago. This place is steeped in French military history but never feels sensationalist.
Written July 27, 2020
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kimobear
243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Went to Napoleon's Tomb first on recommendation to avoid the crowds in the morning. Impressive and very "Imperial". Glad that I went when there was hardly anybody there this alone was worth the visit. After a cup of tea at the cafe went to see the galleries dedicated to the Louie and Napoleonic wars and the cavalry. Loved it. Nice displays with good explanations in multi languages. Specially enjoyed the audio visual displays the showed the movements during the day of various units during important battles. Later visited the medieval and armory galleries as per recommendation. Then finished with the WWI and WWII galleries which were rather disappointing. Mostly pictures and photos with very limited background info. I was warned about it and expected it. On a whole well worth a visit but skip the WWI & WWII galleries and concentrate on the others.
In short a day well spend.
Written February 5, 2020
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Veronica L Kahn
Indianapolis, IN412 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We didn’t leave our hotel planning to visit this museum, we literally wandered along Rue de Varenne after a light lunch at Cafe Les Flores on Rue de Bac, and there it was, just after Musee Rodin (closed) and a little park!
The French military history we picked up was fascinating (probably more so had we done a formal tour, but we just wandered—my favorite was seeing all the weaponry and uniforms!) as was the church (so ornate, just beautiful) and of course Napoleon’s tomb (it is gigantic!) was the last stop before we wandered back out.

As with any other museum, one could go back again and again and still learn new things! A very worthwhile experience!

As I write this, it was a year ago today we returned from a magical 6 days in Paris...and how the world has changed...I hope this review inspires others to brave travel again. For us, we will return to the City of Lights just as soon as we are able.

à bientôt!
Written May 25, 2020
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EmmaD1105
Bingley, UK79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Our visit here was fantastic. With a military fan in the family this was a day well spent. We all enjoyed the exhibitions and display, something for everyone, the artwork was wonderful.
Thought the chapel with napoleons tomb was quite spectacular.
Cafe reasonably priced, museum staff really helpful

We went using the museum pass, which I’d definitely recommend.
Written September 12, 2022
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Nick D
Calgary, Canada1,218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
this is not just one museum but several; we walked to the area down grand boulevards and parks to see the magnificent building started by Louis XIV for veterans and wounded soldiers. It has a huge military history collection starting in the middle ages but with particular attention on Napoleon (but certainly not solely). The artwork all along is amazing.
Then there is the Dome Church and Napoleon's tomb - a must see. And tucked away in one wing is the Museum of the Resistance (not as well developed or curated as the rest of the displays but incredibly emotional.
Don't skrimp on time here.
Written April 27, 2020
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The imposing structure of Invalides with its golden dome looks best just before the most beautiful Alexander III bridge.
Approaching it you'll realize how huge and imposing this edifice is.
Built as a veterans residence and a hospital by Louis XIV it's now one of the biggest military museums in the world.
Museum pass is accepted, so you'll save some money and time to enter it if having one which I suggest.
Plan at least 3 hrs to see it properly - many astonishing rooms with armors, weapons, paintings and of course - Napoleon Bonaparte tomb beneath the dome.
Written January 25, 2020
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Wander & Wonder
Singapore, Singapore1,702 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We crossed the Pont de Alexandrie III bridge and enter a wide avenue with a grand building at the end. This is the Army Museum (or Musee deL'Armee) which is a military museum. There are a few sections to the Army Museum spread across 2-3 floors. One section showed the french military in miniature figurines, scaled down size weaponry, another section showed the war campaign and life of Nepoleon Bonarparte while another showed the WWI and WWII history. A lot to see so be prepare to spend 1/2 day here.
Written February 15, 2020
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CK2000
New York City, NY301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
World history summed up in arms and armor! There is an overwhelming amount to see in this museum as we walked through the many rooms and exhibits. We spent about 2 hours at this location and could have spent lots more. When booking the tickets, we were told the audio tour was not working but we saw others with them. It clearly would have enhanced the experience if we had some description. However, even without those descriptions, there is so much to see.
Written August 31, 2022
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We are not big fans of the military and had a couple of hours to spare before our Eiffel Tower reservation, so we just dropped in to see Napoleon's tomb, Museum Pass in hand. It was a rainy day in early August and we didn't wait in any lines. It is an amazing "Church of the Dome", the tomb with the 12 statues of the "Victories" all around is really breathtaking! Napoleon's son, Napoleon II, is also buried there, as are Napoleon's two brothers, Joseph and Jerome. The visit was well worth our time!
Written March 12, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Musee de l’Armee des Invalides is one of the most important museums of France and is part of a large complex housing museums and other monuments. This one showcases French military history and it also contains a number of tombs of important historical figures, one of which is Napoleon's. Absolutely worth visiting.
Written September 11, 2020
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