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“Expected More” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Army Museum

Army Museum
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2-Hour Paris Private Tour: Napoleon Bonaparte and Les Invalides
Ranked #29 of 1,086 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.
Columbus, Ohio
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“Expected More”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

This museum has a huge collection of artifacts to look at, but doesn't really tell the story behind what you are seeing in most of the exhibits. This seemed out of the norm compared to war museums we have visited in other cities.

The area that was the most dynamic was the Charles de Gaulle exhibit. We received a free audio guide in that section only. There were many interactive exhibits and video clips in that section which helped bring his story to life. I wish the museum had used this format throughout its other exhibits so we could gain a better understanding of the history of the wars from France's perspective.

Our whole family enjoyed visiting Napoleon's tomb and the chapel it is housed in. The chapel was gorgeous and was definitely worth seeing. My teenage son enjoyed the huge collection of armor, but my husband and I felt saturated with this section after awhile because there were so many pieces. At one point there are windows to look through with shelves of helmets, shelves of breast plates, etc. I enjoyed the art work and found the propagana posters very interesting. My husband enjoyed the few displays that showed troop movements during the war.

There is a cafeteria on site with reasonably priced food and a good variety of items to choose from. Photography is permitted throughout the complex. If you are planning on going on a day when the museum is open late, be aware that most of the museum closes at the same time every day. There is only a very small section open until 9:00 on Tuesdays.

Visited June 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We had to pay extra for special Napoleon exhibit but so worth it. However the thing that grabbed me most wast the movie about Charles de Gaulle in basement. Only 5 years old, free, and very interesting for this boomer who grew up in the 60s and won a prize for an essay in french on de Gaulle: l'ami ou l'enemie des etats unis?

Visited June 2013
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“History buffs will love”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Theres some great history to be seen here as Les Invalides is the military hospital and museum of Paris. Learn about some of the great battles fought by French soldiers and see some of the weaponry they used. Napoleons tomb is right there too

Visited September 2012
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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

A must visit - the architecture is amazing and the history so interesting. My hotel actually had views right over the dome, it was spectacular

Visited September 2012
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“Napoleon's Tomb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

The place was all elaborated focusing on Napoleon's well known megolmania and it is nice to see it after all.
His sarcophagus is placed on the bottom of the church (like an opened crypt) and then you may think: "Why is his resting place not on top of the other people buried there?", well, if you didn't notice, that was built specially for people TO BOW when they see it!! How cool is that? :)
Don't forget to go downstairs and see the amazing statue of Napoleon as well!

Visited June 2013
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