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“Lots of weapons”
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Army Museum
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Skip the Line: Paris Army Museum and Tomb of Napoleon
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Invalides Army Museum and Cathedral Private Tour
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Napoleon and French Military History: Invalides and Dome Church Tour
Ranked #31 of 1,243 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 24, 2013

We only had a few hours to spend here and the time flew by. The highlight was definitely Napolean's tomb, and the hall where it is housed is breathtaking. You really get a feeling for how powerful he was. The rest of the museum was interesting, just make sure you like looking at weapons and armour because there are plenty of them! It is fascinating to see the progression of the development of weapons and warfare in general over the centuries. The World War 1 and 2 exhibits are very well set out and being Australian it was interesting to see it all from a French perspective. Definitely worth a look!

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

This was our second visit, but the first was nearly 20 years ago. There is a great display of arms and armor as well historical information about French military history including WWI and WWII. It was funny how to see that the US role in the 2 wars was at best a footnote. In the old museum we found Napolean’s stuffed dog, but this time only found his stuffed horse (skinny little critter). Do trek up to the top floor of the Napolean section to look at the topographical models of fortified cities. This collection is quite unusual. This military museum is great with good signs in English and often overlooked compared to the local art museums.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

The best €9.50 you will spend in any museum. As a member of the female sex I cannot say that suits of armour and tanks have ever really interested me. Well Les Invalides certainly changed my view. You could seriously spend the whole day in the place moving from the early 12th century through to World War II. Ironically we have visited Paris at least 5 times and have never been. It's fascinating and the de Gaulle exhibit is a great piece of technology, very interesting history and quiet emotional in parts. Napoleons tomb.....what can I say......for such a small man he has a very big tomb!

1  Thank Eileen C
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We actually went there with the idea to go through it quickly and then head to La Tour Eiffel. But it was pretty hard to accomplish that. The place is huge and it has so many interesting exhibits. It is definitely a must-see for every history lover.

The museum itself is rather modern. Especially the museum of Charles De Gaulle. And it is very interesting and informative. Personally, we liked the exhibitions of both WWs, but everything else was exquisite as well. Though, I believe, the Royal chapel (Dome des Invalides) is what accumulates the most attraction from the tourist, as it is where the remains of Napoleon are kept.

All in all, there are tons of things to gaze upon. And that is why it obviously is time consuming, so plan accordingly.

P.S. Even though there is a fee to it, EU citizens below 26 can enter for free. And everyone below 18 can do so as well.

Thank Agnius B
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

good to see the resting place of Napoleon. Since had lot to do with the Napoleonic wars and he was emperor in France.

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