Musée des Plans-Reliefs
Musée des Plans-Reliefs
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Military MuseumsSpeciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Musée des Plans-reliefs houses a unique collection: historical models of fortified cities and surrounding countryside, made between the reign of Louis XIV and Napoleon III. A great discovery in the heart of Paris. The ticket entrance also includes access to Army museum, Napoleon's tomb and Order of Liberation museum (all these 3 museums are in Les Invalides' site).
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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 • 2 min walk
  • La Tour-Maubourg • 4 min walk
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Locutus
Zurich, Switzerland277 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This was a very surprising find when we were at Invalides. It’s on the 4th floor of a wing (same wing where the temporary SAS exhibition is). The detail and size of the models are amazing. They must have been extremely valuable in terms of military strategy in the past.

There is also a section of the museum which shows how the maps were made and restored etc.
Written December 23, 2022
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David
Lille, France1,672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
I've wanted to visit the Relief Maps since reading them described in Robert Massie's 'Peter the Great' who relates a visit to see them (at the Louvre) by the Tsar. At the time they were reportedly kept under permanent guard as secrets of war!

The maps are really spectacular. Fascinating, intricate detail.

Part of, and within Les Invalides, so perhaps should not be truly considered a separate attraction. However certainly noteworthy and worth a visit.
Written September 25, 2022
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Peter S
Baltimore, MD18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
This may not be a headline attraction and does not get much traffic. On the other hand, that is probably preferred by those with particular historical interests who make the long climb to the the attic of the Musee de L'Armee to see this unique collection of three-dimensional models of various 17th and 18th forts and fortified towns around France. These models were not made for the delight of princes but for the education of young officer cadets. Some are as much as 12 feet across and all are done with exceptional attention to details down tho the precise number of windows on each house of a particular fortified town. The entire Les Invalides complex is a paean to "La Gloire" culminating in the Napoleonic period,but the attention to detail in and purpose of these reliefs begins to explain why France was once the preeminent military power in continental Europe.
Written April 14, 2013
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wingate
London, UK2,569 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
The problem with this complex is that this is the only building with a lift.I have a bad back so walking up a lot of stairs is not practical for me.
I spent a few minutes in here.Nothing very special.
Written June 29, 2022
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Maureen M
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
When you go to see Napoleon's Tomb, take the time to see the military museum and the Musee des Plans-Reliefs just behind. Signage isn't great, but it is in the back to the right of the courtyard.
Written October 8, 2019
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picasso812
Carpinteria, CA78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Enormous models of landscapes from God knows where. Amazing detail , incredibly old and lit up in a way that was cool. The room was dark and only the models were lit. I had the museum pass, if you get a pass you should visit along with the awesome Musee de l’Armee downstairs. Napoléons tomb is there as well , it all makes for an interesting way to spend a few hours in Paris.
Written April 21, 2019
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TOM H
Rotherham, UK219 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
We passed through this museum while visiting the army museum.

Situated on the top floor, it is set in semi darkness and has around twenty models of landscapes from France.

Not very interesting for anyone who isn't from any of these areas.
Written October 28, 2016
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FlapjawJr
Harrisburg, PA1,065 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
Located inside Hotel des Invalides on the top floor are miniature models of cities, fortresses, areas, etc. My 14 year old artist and I both loved it. If you like miniatures don't miss this tiny gem.
Written June 20, 2016
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sks028
Dallas, TX65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
We loved this display of military models of fortified cities tucked away inside the Hôtel des Invalides. It's a little difficult to find – you may have to ask at the Musee de l'Armee information booth for directions. If you have a museum pass, it's a fun way to spend 45 minutes or so. There are no English placards, so you'll need to be competent at reading French or have Google translate at the ready on your mobile phone.
Written June 9, 2016
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Ristyface
Birmingham, UK150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Stunningly detailed 3D maps was fun to spot where we'd visited previously in miniature form, would defiantly recommend
Written December 26, 2014
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