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

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 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 4.5 out of 5The Army Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of the most wonderful museums to be visited with family with children or teenagers (especially boys). My son was so curious to find out every detail of the arms and especially of the armour used in the past and it was so attractive to them such a place. So don't miss the Army Museum of you are in Paris.

Sonila Stefoni - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating If you like collections of arms and armor you will not be disappointed! There are a lot of English translations of informative plates as well, so you can immerse yourself in the history. Don’t forget to visit Napoleon’s tomb and the reliefs and models section on the 4th floor - the miniatures of castles and terrain are astonishing.

Konstantinos Rizakos - 17 days ago

4 Star Rating It was a wonderful visit. Coming from a semi-military background, this visit took me back to my childhood years. Wonderful displays. One needs some time to visit all the different museums and exhibitions. Worth the time though.

Priscilla Nelson - 18 days ago

4 Star Rating It was really nice. A lot of history, and good views. I really liked the exhibits and the food was okay. Overall good.

Aleeex Xu - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing collection. Even if you're not a fan of guns and military "stuff" - go for the historical representations! You'll be impressed with the depiction of the two world wars, especially, and the skillful way clear lines are drawn between them. Hitler's rise to power is chillingly shown. I'd planned to get the audio guide but came in the wrong entrance for that, but was delighted to see comprehensive English signs and explanations. Allow at least two hours if you're a history fan.

Ellen Sheppard - 1 month ago

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