Les Invalides
(Museum of Arms and Armor)

The collections showcased at Les Invalides are varied, interesting and span over large periods of time

Old cannons on display at Les Invalides
Old cannons on display at Les Invalides cc licensed photo by b1mbo

War has played a significant role in almost every country's history and France is no different. Les Invalides or the Museum of Arms and Armour contains a comprehensive history of war and the role it played in the establishment and development of the great country of France. Items on display here include weaponry, artillery used and armour and uniforms utilized by the French army. There are also a number of other important documents and tributes that are on display.

One thing to bear in mind is that much of the ancient French armour and weaponry, while practical and functional for its time, are also intricate and beautiful works of art. Viewing the exhibits of le musée de l'Armée is on par with visiting any of the finest art museums in Paris.

Les Invalides is situated in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and is home to an assortment of military equipment, monuments and military buildings. The buildings and palatial structures that house the museum and other military facilities including a hospital and veterans retirement home are truly spectacular. They have a rich history dating back to the late 1600s.

A visit to Les Invalides is quite the cultural experience for those looking to immerse themselves in the history of Paris and France. The museum of arms and armour resides within one of the buildings at Les Invalides while the burial site of some of the country's most revered war heroes is contained in one of the other buildings. In fact, the remains of Napoleon Bonaparte himself are buried in a tomb here, a tomb many patriots and historians would love to pay tribute to.

The museum, as it stands today, is more than a century old. It was established in 1905 when two prominent museums merged into one. The Historical Army Museum and the Artillery Museum merged to form the Museum of Arms and Armour. Some of the most notable collections in the museum would be the "ancient weapons and armours" collection, the "artillery scale-models" collection and the collection dedicated in part to Napoleon I. The collections showcased are varied, interesting and span over large periods of time and this museum is considered to be one of the best of its kind in the world. A visit to Les Invalides and the Museum of Arms and Armour is one of the best cultural daytrips you can go on while in Paris.

Nearby attraction: Musée Rodin

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, however entry is free with the Paris Pass and for individuals under the age of 18. There is also lower admission after 5pm in summer and during winter.

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France

Phone: 0 810 11 33 99

Official Website: Les Invalides

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M8La tour - Maubourg3 minutes
M13Varenne5 minutes
RER CInvalides7 minutes

How to get to Les Invalides by Metro / RER

By Metro: from Latour - Maubourg station exit and walk northeast along Avenue de la Motte-Picquet to the main entrance; from Varenne Station exit and walk north along Blvd. des Invalides then left on Place des Invalides to the entrance.

By RER C: exit Invalides Station and proceed straight south through the plaza along Avenue du Marechal Gallieni to the entrance.

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5

5 Star Rating So many interesting areas of history to explore. It was fascinating to see how the French viewed their military history

Bill Mulligan - 15 hours ago

4 Star Rating A spread out museum that covers quite a few topics - history of the french army focused on Medieval times, the french resistance, Charles De Gaulle, and of course World War 1/2. The collections themselves were great - especially french resistance & middle ages stuff - but the real highlight is the audio/visual guide. Since most, if nto all, the content is done in French if you don't speak it I'd highly recommend picking up the guide. Not only will it help it has a ton more information on the exhibition pieces and is really well done.

Bill Dinger - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Looks fantastic from outside, I didn't get chance to visit but reviews shows a must see place

Suman Pal Singh - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating A really interesting place to be in terms of both the building - elegant and stylish - and the exhibits. Visit Napoleon's tomb which is just around the corner.

David Shapero - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating An unknown gem. Incredible review of the history of Europe and the tools used in wars over the years. We spent four hours here. It's really a spectacular place with well-designed exhibits that focus on both the military as well as the economic and cultural impacts and causes for war over the centuries. Personal favorite: the many sets of armor used by Louis XIII (XIV?) as he was growing up. It looked like a garage sale yet told a frightening story at the same time.

John Mitchell - 2 months ago

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