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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.
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“So much”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Well worth the visit...not only were there plenty of weaponry etc there was also a variety of exhibits from very early days through the Napoleon era and onwards to WWII and beyond. Definitely worth a visit.The grounds and front of the building are some thing to marvel at

Visited June 2013
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“A Must See!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

As a lover of history, and Napoleon being one of my favorite figures in history, this was on the top of my list of places to visit while in Paris. It certainly did not disappoint! Napoleon's tomb itself is absolutely incredible! The wood is beautiful and the sculpture surrounding the tomb is beautiful with each sculpture a symbol of a place he conquered or a battle fought. I was so impressed - it was more than I expected. The museum itself was also a pleasant surprise - I wasn't expecting much but found out that I could easily spend the entire day in there - an army museum with uniforms and weaponry, etc. - a history lover's dream, especially with the audio guide (it's worth the extra few Euro to get it) - it really did a nice job guiding you through all exhibits. Also something I found fascinating was when you're walking in the gates, look up at the windows - each window is different and very intricate. Really lovely work! This really is a must see and I would visit here again in a heartbeat.

Visited June 2013
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“Great Military Artifacts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

What a great collection of historical weapons from Medieval times to the present. It shows the history of the French military and a glimpse of history from the French perspective.The displays are well maintained.We spent most of the time looking at the modern warfare time from WWI to the present.One thing I found interesting was while some of the displays are very grand in nature showing the glory of the French Army, the display that represented the Allies liberating Paris in WWII was tiny and almost non existent.

Visited October 2012
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“Great place to have a picnic lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Outside of Les Invalides, on the church side, there are beautiful gardens with park benches that provide a perfect place for a picnic lunch. The church dome provided a model for the US Capitol Building and is not to be missed. We picked up baguettes, cheese and wine for our lunch which was perfect with the environment at Les Invalides.

Visited July 2013
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“More than just Napoleon's Tomb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

We added this to our things to see with the intent was to see Napoloen's Tomb. But there's som much more to see. The military exhibits were very impressive. There is a number of video segments throughout the museum that really added to the experience. I was impressed on how many different weapons they had on display from many different countries. Be sure to hang on to your ticket as you need it to enter different parts of the museum as well as the tomb. My son mistakenly handed his ticket to the museum person scanning and didn't get it back. The entrance is on the back side of Invalides. The tomb itself if very beautiful, Be sure to walk down the stairs to see it up close.

Visited June 2013
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