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.
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