Museum of the Legion of Honour & Chivalrous orders

  • Museum
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Military
  • Painting

Inaugurated in 1925 in the Salm hotel housing the great chancellery of the Legion of Honour, completely restored and redesigned in 2006, the museum is one of those rare museums in the world exclusively dedicated to foreign and French orders and awards.

The tour covers five main spaces that take visitors from the creation of the concept of an order of chivalry in the time of the crusades, to the national order of Merit: a room for the religious and military orders, a room for the royal orders, a room for the Legion of Honour, a room for foreign orders (over 400 orders originating from over 120 States) and a contemporary room, from the French revolution to the present day.

Over 4,600 works are on display, 4,000 of which are insignia. A true reflection on the principles of the French national orders and on the merits of the people who make up these orders is offered through audio-visual terminals installed at regular intervals round the route.

Opening and closing times

Every day throughout the year between 1 pm and 6 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and December 25th. Last entrance : 17:30.


Free entry.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

Free entrance and free audioguide.



  • Minimum number of people : 10


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)
  • 120 minutes (groups)


Spoken languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Documentation languages

  • French

Visit languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Languages of educational signs

  • French

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


Metro Solférino
RER Musée d'Orsay
Bus 24, 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 94
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  • For groups
    From wednesday to friday accessible to groups by reservation only.
    Reservation deadline (in days) : 60