Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel National des Invalides

  • Museum
  • Fine Arts
  • Military
  • Arts and culture
  • Wartime memories

The Army Museum was founded in 1905 and is located in the prestigious Hôtel National des Invalides in the heart of Paris.

The museum houses priceless collections from the Middle Ages to the modern day which allow visitors to gain a better understanding of France's military history through a fully modernised tour: armour and coats of arms, swords, artillery, uniforms, emblems, paintings, photographs, historical figures' personal belongings and more.

The diversity and size of the collections as well as the period of time that they cover make the Army Museum one of the world's most significant art and military history museums. The Eglise du Dôme (Dome Church) houses Napoleon I's monumental tomb, that of his son Aiglon and also the tombs of famous military leaders such as Turenne, Vauban and Foch.

The Historial Charles de Gaulle (Charles de Gaulle Monument)has offered an interactive multimedia space dedicated to this great public figure.

Spotlight on Families

Discover François I's armour, the superstitions of Louis XIV (who ordered that the French flag be changed so that his soldiers could be identified more easily), as well as medals, paintings, weapons, uniforms and the famous tomb of Napoleon: an immense block of red quartzite in which the Emperor has lain since 2 April 1861.

Housed in the Hôtel National des Invalides, the Army Museum displays a large collection of works of art and memorabilia, helping visitors to rediscover the history of France in an extraordinary and enjoyable way.

Highlights:

Suitable for everyone.

Note:

Hire a multimedia guide containing 5 trails aimed at younger visitors covering all of the collections (ages 7 and over, in French and English).

Rates

Set price group adults: Scaled discounts depending on the number of tickets sold (advance purchase).

Free entry for children < 18 years, Job-seeker, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

11€ reduced rate :
Reduced price
-For Paris Visite Card owners (with a validity card).

Full price: 14 €
Reduced price: 11 €.

Free entry for children < 18 years, Job-seeker, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

11€ reduced rate :
Reduced price
-For Paris Visite Card owners (with a validity card).

Reception

Types of customers

  • Cash dispensers

Groups

  • Minimum number of people : 10
  • Sales TO/Distributors

Additional information

  • Cloakroom: free on presentation of a museum admission ticket
  • - Lifts throughout the tour. Please note that the church of the Dome (tomb of Napoleon I) is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • - Loan of wheelchairs
  • - Cash dispenser - in the lobby of the ticket office on the Place Vauban side
  • - Food and drink
  • Le carré des Invalides" café restaurant - south ticketing counter level, Place Vauban side.
  • - The café restaurant is open every day :
  • from 9am to 7pm, from 1 April to 31 October
  • from 9am to 6pm, from 1st November to 31st March
  • The café restaurant is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
  • - Salon de thé Angelina - a stone's throw from the tomb of Napoleon I - offers a selection of pastries and hot and cold drinks, including the famous hot chocolate for which the restaurant is famous.
  • Open from April to October, from 11am to 6pm (until 9pm on Tuesdays during the night), the tearoom is accessible from the Nîmes corridor, opposite the bookshop-boutique.
  • - The bookshop is open from November 1st to March 31st, Monday to Friday, from 1pm to 5pm / Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. From April 1st to October 31st, Monday to Friday, 1pm to 6pm / Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
  • - Documents for young people - numerous presentation sheets, object sheets, documents and game books for young people can be downloaded from the museum's website

Visits

Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Unguided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours on request

Average length of visit

  • 120 minutes (individual)

Services and facilities

Facilities

  • Lift
  • Toilets

Services

  • Restaurant
  • Room hire

Activities

  • Activity
  • Children's entertainment
  • Handicrafts workshops

Languages

Spoken languages

  • French

Documentation languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Visit languages

  • Arab
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • French sign language
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French

Audioguide languages

  • Arab
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Additional information

The entrance ticket gives access to the Musée de l'Armée, the Dôme (tomb of Napoleon I), the current temporary exhibition as well as the Musée des Plans-Reliefs and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération.

Conditions for individual and group visits:
Several thematic visits from 20 to 25 people / 17€ per person and day and 35€ per person after closing.
Duration: from 1h30 to 1h45.
The fee includes admission to the museum (permanent collections and temporary exhibitions) and the conference fee.
Reservations are required: https://www.cultival.fr/recherche/visites/public_groupe/site_hotel-des-invalides-musee-de-larmee-200
by phone: 0825 05 44 05 (0,15 € TTC per minute);
by e-mail: musee-armee@cultival.fr

Accessibility

  • Visual disability
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Site, building partially accessible

The Army Museum provides disabled people with information on the accessibility of its various spaces and the discovery of all its collections. Electric or manual wheelchairs, assistance dogs for the disabled and canes with end caps can access all the spaces dedicated to the public. The Dome is inaccessible to disabled people in wheelchairs. The entrance to the Invalides site is via 6 boulevard des Invalides (PMR route).

People with mobility problems can borrow a wheelchair * from the ticket counter on the Esplanade des Invalides side and on the Place Vauban side.
*ID is required, and will be deposited at the reception desk during the visit.

Access

Metro: line 13, Varennes station; line 8, La Tour-Maubourg station; lines 8 and 13, Invalides station / RER C: Invalides station
Bus: 28, 63, 69, 80, 82, 83, 87, 92, 93
Taxis, car parks and Vélib' points close by

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  • Booking required
    Reservation deadline : 15 days
    External guide accepted