Monument

Hôtel national des Invalides

Esplanade des Invalides - 75007 Paris

Tour Eiffel - Invalides - 7e Arrondissement

Description

In 1670, no foundation existed to house wounded and homeless veterans who had fought for France. Louis XIV, who was anxious about what would happen to soldiers that had served during his numerous campaigns, decided to build the Hôtel Royal des Invalides. Constructed from 1671 to 1676 by Libéral Bruant, then by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte, it is one the most prestigious monuments in Paris. Today, under the Ministry of Defence but also occupied by numerous organizations that are part of other ministries, the Hôtel National des Invalides still retains its original function as a hospital and hospice for badly injured and disabled war veterans. As well as the Musée de l'Armée, it comprises the Musée des Plans-Reliefs and the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération as two churches: the Eglise du Dôme, which houses the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte designed by Visconti in 1843, and the Eglise Saint-Louis des Invalides. During the second half of the 20th century, the entire site of the Hôtel National des Invalides was opened up to the public after small buildings were knocked down and a ditch created around the site. In 1981, a huge restoration project was undertaken at the Hôtel National des Invalides under the instigation of an interdepartmental commission co-directed by the Ministries of Defence and Culture to restore this exceptional site to its former glory.

Architectural style

  • Classique

Collections

  • Architecture
Membre du Paris Museum Pass

Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Member of the Paris Museum Pass
  • Car park/Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Visitor tools
  • Cloakroom

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • chinois
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Japanese

Visitor tools

Audioguides available in English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. €6, under 26s: €4.

Educational activities

Activities for children available. Information and bookings on jeunes@musee-armee.fr

Combined tickets

The entrance ticket includes access to the Musée de l'Armée, Napoleon's Tomb, the Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération and the Musée des plans-reliefs.

Restaurant

'La Carré des Invalides' is open every day from 9am to 6.30pm (1 April-31 October) and from 9am to 5.30pm (1 November-31 March). For more information, call + 33 (0)1 44 42 50 71 or email carre-des-invalides@groupe-bertrand.com

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Single ticket for : Musée de l'Armée, Tomb of Napoléon, Historial Charles de Gaulle, Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération, Musée des plans-reliefs. Outside of exhibitions : €11 (RR: €9). During exhibitions : €12 (RR: €8.50).

Group tour

Booking necessary for groups (from 10 people, €9 per person): email tourisme@musee-armee.fr To book guided tours for groups (€12.90 per person) call +33 (0) 8 25 05 44 05 or email benedicte@cultival.fr

Free

Free entry for under 26s from within the European Union.
Free for disabled visitors and an accompanying person, jobseekers, French and foreign soldiers, journalists.

Free for young people and children

Under 18s.

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard

Opening times

1 November-31 March: 10am- 5pm. 1 April-31 October: 10am-6pm. On Tuesday, from April to September, the Dome is open until 9pm. In July and August, the Dome is open until 7pm. The Invalides site is open every day from 7.30am to 7pm (9pm on Tuesday from April to September). The Museum is closed on the 1st Monday of the month, except from July to September. The Historial Charles de Gaulle is closed on Monday.

Late opening

Tuesday until 9pm, April to September for Invalides.

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • Whit Monday
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November

Voir la carte

Hôtel national des Invalides

Esplanade des Invalides
75007 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 8 10 11 33 99
tourisme@musee-armee.fr
www.musee-armee.fr

  • Subway - Invalides, La Tour-Maubourg, Varenne
  • RER - Invalides
  • Bus - 28, 63, 69, 80, 82, 83, 87, 92, 93

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Loan of wheelchairs

Accessibility information

Electric or manual wheelchairs, guide dogs and canes with tips enable visitors to access all the spaces open to the public with the exception of the Église du Dôme, inaccessible to people in wheelchairs.

Monument in the same district: Tour Eiffel - Invalides

Monument in the same arrondissement: 7th arrondissement

Monument in Paris and in the Paris Region: Monument

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