Museum

Musée de l'Armée - Invalides

129 rue de Grenelle - 75007 Paris

Tour Eiffel - Invalides - 7e Arrondissement

Description

The Musée de l'Armée, created in 1905, is located in the prestigious setting of the Hôtel National des Invalides. It was created in 1905 just after the World Fair and is the result of the merger of the Musée d'Artillerie, opened in 1796, and the old Musée de l'Armée created 100 years later. It extends over 8,000 m² and is made up of a museum and two churches with some 500,000 objects. This makes it the largest museum of military history in France, and one of the leading ones in the world. The permanent collections are presented chronologically in 'historical' collections representing time periods, from Antiquity to the end of the Second World War, and rounded off with objects belonging to a certain theme (emblems, paintings, military decorations...). These thematic collections are either presented in the historical exhibitions, or grouped together in specific areas. The Dome Church (designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart), with its 107-metres-high lantern and huge fresco painted by Charles de La Fosse, had its dome given a new coat of gold leaf in 1989 for the bicentenary of the French Revolution (requiring 12 kg of gold). It was the fifth time it has been restored since it was created. The church is a real military pantheon, with monumental tombs containing Vauban's heart, the remains of Turenne and the heart of La Tour d'Auvergne; the Dome is also home to the tombs of the Emperor Napoleon I, his brothers Joseph and Jérome Bonaparte, his son, the King of Rome, generals Bertrand and Duroc and marshalls Foch and Lyautey.

Architectural style

  • Classique

Collections

  • Affiches
  • Architecture
  • Armes
  • Art funéraire
  • Artillerie
  • Emblèmes
  • Figurines historiques
  • Gisants
  • Histoire
  • Maquettes
  • Médailles
  • Peinture
  • Photographie
  • Techniques
  • Tombeaux

Epoque des collections

  • Préhistoire (15000 av JC)
  • Byzance (IVe - XVe)
  • Moyen Age (Ve - XVe)
  • Gothique (XIIe - XVe)
  • Rococo (XVIIIe)
  • Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Réalisme (XIXe)
  • Impressionnisme (XIXe)
  • Symbolisme (XIXe)
  • Fauvisme (XXe)
  • Cubisme (XXe)
  • Modernisme (XXe)
  • Expressionisme (XXe)
  • Futurisme (XXe)
  • Dadaisme (XXe)
  • Surréalisme (XXe)
  • L'abstraction (XXe)
  • Mouvement (XXe)
  • Contemporain (XXe - XXIe)
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

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, Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération and Musée des plans-reliefs.

Restaurant

'La Carré des Invalides' is open every day from 9am to 6.30pm (1st April-31 October) and 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

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Musée de l'Armée - Invalides

129 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 44 42 38 77
tourisme@musee-armee.fr
www.musee-armee.fr

  • Subway - Invalides, La Tour-Maubourg
  • 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
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

Electric and manual wheelchairs, guide dogs and walking sticks permit access to all areas open to the public except the Dome Church, which is inaccessible to visitors in wheelchairs.

Museum in the same district: Tour Eiffel - Invalides

Museum in the same arrondissement: 7th arrondissement

Museum in Paris and in the Paris Region: Museum

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